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Seeds: Armenian Classical and Folk Music Miniatures

by YerazArt Young Musicians from Armenia, Spring 2007

A vibrant blend of Armenian classical and folk music, performed by prodigy musicians from Armenia.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Hovern Enkan/A Cool Wind is Blowing (Armenian Folk)
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4:08 album only
2. Toccata (Aram Khatchaturian)
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4:20 album only
3. Dance #1 for Violin and Piano (Aram Khatchaturian)
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4:31 album only
4. Sevan Fishermen Dance (Vagarshak Kotoyan)
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1:53 album only
5. Al Ayloughs (Komitas)
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2:07 album only
6. Oriental Picture (Yuri Balyan)
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3:48 album only
7. Aria (Arno Babajanyan)
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3:42 album only
8. Hayrenikis Djure/Armenian Water (Ashugh Djivani)
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2:51 album only
9. Nocturne (Edward Baghdasaryan)
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4:09 album only
10. Choral and Sasoonsi Dance from Six Pictures for Piano (Arno Baba
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5:33 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SEEDS: Armenian Classical and Folk Music Miniatures
CD Release Date: April 24, 2007
YerazArt 2007. All Rights Reserved.

Produced by RM
Associate Producer: Arman Padaryan


Demand for an album of this nature grew out of three years of presenting young musical talent from Armenia through the YerazArt concert tour program across the United States. The question that kept popping up after shows, and in anticipation of others, was consistently, “where can I get a recording of these musicians?” Given the relatively young age of the program participants, a recording was never seriously considered until recently. In response to audience demands for a tangible product from the YerazArt Young Musicians from Armenia, comes “Seeds: Armenian Classical and Folk Miniatures”.

This album is designed to convey two main ideas. First, it is a snapshot in time of eight young musicians who were selected to participate in a tour of the United States in the spring of 2007. Each of the musicians was chosen based on recommendations from a 17-person YerazArt advisory board panel in Armenia. The spring 2007 tour was secured for the United States, and the musicians went hard at work creating a program of music that would showcase their talents and versatility. The recording sessions were quick, live in feel, and deliberately raw in order to capture the authentic and spontaneous nature of their strengths and limitations.

The second main idea this project attempts to convey is the depth and richness of Armenian music. For many performers on this album, the selections chosen are considered encore pieces that conclude a more balanced Western/Russian/Armenian concert program. Aram Khachaturian’s “Toccata” is a good example of a classic encore pieces. Yet, there are other selections that are considered less superfluous and rarely recorded such as Edward Baghdasaryan’s “Nocturne” and Arno Babajanian’s wildly nervous “6 Pictures for Piano”. Selections from Armenian icons such as Ashugh Jivani, Komitas, and Vagarshak Kotoyan are included. Indigenous folk music performed on the duduk and vocals set to an ethnographic style are also on display. These are essentially the “chestnuts” of Armenian encore music. All of them full of color, flair, and a distinctly unique identity.

In many ways, “Seeds” is a curio of sorts. If, at this tender age young Armenian musicians are able to perform at this high caliber, what will they be like in 5 years, or maybe even 10 with the right direction, educational access, master classes, and seasoned concert experience?

- RM

For detailed information on each YerazArt musician, please visit our website at www.yerazart.org

Program

Armenian Folk Song
Performed by Harutyun Chkolyan, Duduk
Accompanied by Andranik Muradyan, Second Duduk (Dam)
1. Hovern Enkan/A Cool Wind is Blowing

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
Performed by Anahit Dilbaryan, Piano
2. Toccata

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
Performed by Meri Khojayan, Violin
Accompanied by Lola Poghosyan, Piano
3. Dance #1 for Violin and Piano

Vagarshak Kotoyan (1921-1992)
Performed by Anahit Dilbaryan, Kanoon
Accompanied by Anahit Nersesyan, Piano
4. Sevan Fisherman’s Dance

Komitas (1869-1935)
Performed by Trio YerazArt
5. Al Ayloughs

Yuri Balyan ( b.1938)
Performed by Gor Melkumyan, Trumpet
Accompanied by Ruzanna Mehrabyan, Piano
6. Oriental Picture

Arno Babajanian (1921-1983)
Performed by Gayane Khachatryan, Cello
7. Aria

Ashugh Djivani ( 1946-1909)
Performed by Serine Poghosyan, Voice
Accompanied by Harutyun Chkolyan, Duduk; Anahit Dilbaryan, Piano, & Arsen Yesayan (Dhol)
8. Hayrenikis Djure/ Armenian Water

Edward Baghdasaryan (b.1927)
Performed by Lilit Khachatryan, Violin
Accompanied by Anahit Nersesyan, Piano
9. Nocturne

Arno Babajanian (1921-1983)
Performed by Nara Avetisyan, Piano
10. Choral/Sassoonsi Dance from “6 Pictures for Piano”


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Maral

Talented youth!
Thanks for your speedy delivery - the CDs were purchased as gifts - i saw the live performance, and the compilation of songs is great!

constance bierle

wonderful refreshing
this group has a wonderful and refreshing mix of old and new. a delight to listen to.