Setrak Setrakian | Volumes I and II

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Volumes I and II

by Setrak Setrakian

Out of the war torn Middle East comes a maestro who is famous there and in the west with his exceptional musical talent. Here is a man who has committed his lifetime to the creating and performance of music.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. L. Van Beethoven, Sonata No. 1. Op. 2 No. 1
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2. L. Van Beethoven, Sonata No. 17 Op. 31 No 2
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3. L. Van Beethoven. Sonata No. 23, Op. 57
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4. L. Van Beethoven, Sonata No. 14. Op. 27, No. 2
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5. J. Brahms, Sonata No. 2 Op. 2
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6. Busoni-Bach, Toccata and Fugue in d minor
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7. Khachaturian-Setrakian, Sabre Dance
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8. F. Liszt, La Campanella
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9. F. Liszt, Concert Etude No. 3
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10. R. Schumann, Kreisleriana, Op. 16
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BIO

Setrak A. Setrakian

Lebanese Composer and Pianist
Music Education: 1950-1960 Studied piano, solfege, theory and harmony with Professor Ernest Chouha in "Ernest Chouha" Music College in Aleppo, Syria.

* 1961-1962 Studied piano and harmony with Professor T. Succar, Mrs. Turkiyeh and Professor Michel Tcheskinov in the National Conservatoire of Lebanon.
* 1962-1964 Studied in the National Conservatoire of Damascus, Syria, harmony and composition with Professor Sergey Schydril.
* 1964-1965 Studied piano and composition with Professor Gunther Kohl in Jerusalem.
* 1966-1970 Gave piano lessons of piano and harmony in Aleppo and Damascus.
* 1971-1972 Invited to "Komitas" Conservatoire of Yerevan, Armenia to specialize with the following professors:

1) Etvart Mirzoyan Composition
2) Etvart Baghdasarian Harmony
3) Krikor Hakhinian Polyphony
4) Kevork Armenian Orchestration
5) Elenora Atamian Piano
6) Aved Derderian Opera Composition

* 1974-1978 Professor of piano in College Mont la Salle, Ain Saadeh.
* 1978-1980 Professor of piano in College des Apotre, Jounieh.
* 1980-1985 Professor of piano in Beirut, Lebanon. (personal lessons)
* 1985-1988 Professor of piano and music in the Armenian Theological Seminary of the Catholicosate of Cilicia.
* 1986-1987 Professor of piano and harmony at P. Ganatchian Music College, Beirut.
* 1987-1999 Director and professor of piano, harmony, composition, and music analyzing in P. Ganatchian Music College, Beirut.

N.B. In 1994 I have been awarded by the Catholicos KAREKINE I of Cilicia, the medal of honor St. "MESROB MACHDOTZ".


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Maureen Boyes, International Composer's Union

The Maestro of the Middle East - Setrak Setrakian.
This double CD set was Maestro Setrak Setrakian’s first American debut CD and from the moment I first listened to it, I was mesmerized by his talent and skill. He also has his own rendition of Sabre Dance which I find to be a fantastic arrangement of this piece. Whoever if fortunate enough to own this CD set will be able to look forward to years of enjoyment and pleasure. I am honored to write a review for these CDs.

Maureen S. Boyes

Director, International Composer’s Union

Boston, Massachusetts USA

George A. Gerhard

Irresistibly Pretty
The ten pieces on this disc Volumes I and II, assayed clearly and

beautifully by Composer and pianist Setrak Setrakian, display the composer's

capability for variety within each separate work........Setrakian

finds the music's distinctive beauty and even manages some coherence

to the overall program. When he needs to be fleeting and clever, as in

the J. Brahms, Sonata No.2 Op.2, he does so in a pitch-perfect,

non-tongue-in-cheek fashion; when he needs to be lush, as in the

Khachaturian-Setrakian, Sabre Dance or the very end of Melody

and Variations, he achieves a round, centered tone. His touch is just

right for this music, which he takes on with an appropriately serious

sense of whimsy. These compositions are so irresistibly pretty that

this disc is worth a listen on that score alone.
George A. Gerhard, Music Reviewer