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Manookian: Concertos / Manookian, Armenian Po, Et Al


Release Date: 05/27/2003 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 581   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jeff Manookian
Performer:  Laurel Ann MaurerJohn Pickford RichardsBonnie GrittonSusan Duehlmeier
Conductor:  Jeff Manookian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic OrchestraDuehlmeier-Gritton Piano Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jeff Manookian's Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra was written in mid-year of 2002, and premiered on November 29, 2002 in Yerevan, Armenia with the same soloists as heard in this recording. The work engages the soloist and a large orchestra in a quasi chamber ensemble-like fashion. Despite this balancing act, there are many moments when the full forces of the symphony orchestra are brought to the fore. Its three movements are played without pause. Six authentic fragments from Armenia's rich folk musical heritage (with two original motifs by the composer as counter-subjects) are cast for viola and orchestra in the tradition of Khachaturian and Bartok, to become a bona fide concerto. The Improvisations on Armenian Folk Songs for Viola and Read more Orchestra were first performed on April 30, 2000 in Salt Lake City. The Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra was composed in the summer of 2002, and also received its world premiere at the November 29, 2002 concert. The concerto is an unabashed programmatic tone-poem. A khachkar is an ornately carved stone cross. These icons are found in abundance throughout the countryside and mountainous terrains of Armenia. Armenia is the oldest of Christian nations on earth, accepting Christianity as its national religion in the year 301 AD. Khachkar, an instrumental prayer, is based on two borrowed religious tunes. It was first performed on June 1, 2002 in Salt Lake City with Laurel Ann Maurer as soloist. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piccolo by Jeff Manookian
Performer:  Laurel Ann Maurer (Piccolo)
Conductor:  Jeff Manookian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; Armenia 
2.
Improvisations on Armenian Folksongs for Viola and Orchestra by Jeff Manookian
Performer:  John Pickford Richards (Viola)
Conductor:  Jeff Manookian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Armenia 
3.
Concerto for 2 Pianos by Jeff Manookian
Performer:  Bonnie Gritton (Piano), Susan Duehlmeier (Piano)
Conductor:  Jeff Manookian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Duehlmeier-Gritton Piano Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; Armenia 
4.
Kachkar by Jeff Manookian
Performer:  Laurel Ann Maurer (Alto Flute)
Conductor:  Jeff Manookian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Armenia 

Sound Samples

Piccolo Concerto: I. Agitato assai
Piccolo Concerto: II. Adagio assai
Piccolo Concerto: III. Allegro assai
Improvisations on Armenian Folk Songs
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra: I. Andantino assai
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra: II. Brioso
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra: III. Animato con fuoco
Khachakar

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