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Tango Notturno / Isabel Bayrakdarian


Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Cbc Records   Catalog #: 1176   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arno BabadjanianFarid El-AtracheUnto MononenJacob Gade,   ... 
Performer:  Roman BorysIsabel BayrakdarianSerouj KradjianMarie Berard,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Isabel Bayrakdarian sings luxuriantly and passionately, with a richly pulsing mezzo quality in her lower and middle registers and a ringing fullness on top. She also responds with unforced, idiomatic vocal colorings to the demands of the texts and melodies. Her range — dynamic, timbral and dramatic — is impressive at every turn, as is her command of the six languages represented here." -- Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News

"The musical partnership of Serouj Kradjian and Isabel Bayrakdarian embodies the marriage of musical genius, virtuosity, passion and a diverse and eccletic and highly engaging range of styles. Here they celebrate Tango music in all its dark and glorious sensuality, danger, drama and bittersweet
Read more sentiment in a recording with standard favorites as well as some surprising and exotic offerings... Bayrakdarian handles these transitions from playfulness to brazenness to despair and longing with her great range of expressiveness, while the ensemble, led by Kradjian whose arrangements along with bandoneon player Fabian Carbone’s are superb, offers the intelligence, virtuosity and complexity that this music embodies." -- Dianne Wells, Wholenote Magazine June 2008

"A soprano voice that combines lyricism with remarkable dramatic instincts." -- Time

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For her latest recording for CBC RECORDS, the multi-talented Armenian-Canadian soprano ISABEL BAYRAKDARIAN turns her versatile voice to the sultry and steamy world of Tango.

“Tango has the power to pull two strangers together into one, to dance out their desires...to be great lovers and heroes, if only for a moment. It's the whisper of sensuality brought on by the hint of perfume. The tango is also the glamour of the ballroom and the allure of the underworld. It's the opulence of Paris and the smoky darkness of a Buenos Aires cafe. It's the world of subtle metaphors that captures the melancholy heart." -- Guadalupe Jolicoeur, host of This is the Tango.

Although tango originated in Argentina and Uruguay, it is not limited to the bars and dance clubs of Latin America. As you will discover with Isabel Bayrakdarian’s new collection, tango fever is an international epidemic. In addition to classics by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzola (two of the most prominent names in the world of tango), this collection features the classic Danish tango by Jacob Gade called Jalousie; as well as a Finnish tango by Anselmo Aieta, an Egyptian tango by Farid El Atrache and an Armenian tango by Arno Babajanian.

Isabel is joined both by her husband, the Armenian-Canadian pianist/arranger, Serouj Kradjian, and by the Argentine bandoneón virtuoso, Fabian Carbone. The tango ensemble is made up of several of Canada’s finest musicians, including Marie Bérard, violin; Roman Borys, cello; Roberto Occhipinti, bass; Shalom Bard, clarinet; Daniel Bolshoy, guitar and Levon Ichkhanian, oud.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ya Zahratan fee khayali by Farid El-Atrache
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Serouj Kradjian (Piano),
Marie Berard (Violin), Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet),
Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar), Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Jalousie by Jacob Gade
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Roman Borys (Cello), Serouj Kradjian (Piano),
Marie Berard (Violin), Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet),
Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar), Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Por una cabeza by Carlos Gardel
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Serouj Kradjian (Piano), Marie Berard (Violin),
Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet), Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar),
Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Argentina 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Volver by Carlos Gardel
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Serouj Kradjian (Piano), Marie Berard (Violin),
Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet), Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar),
Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
El día que me quieras by Carlos Gardel
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Serouj Kradjian (Piano), Marie Berard (Violin),
Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet), Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar),
Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
La cumparsita by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Serouj Kradjian (Piano),
Marie Berard (Violin), Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet),
Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar), Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Youkali "Tango Habanera" by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Serouj Kradjian (Piano),
Marie Berard (Violin), Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet),
Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar), Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934/1946; USA 
8.
Enrico IV: Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Roman Borys (Cello), Serouj Kradjian (Piano),
Marie Berard (Violin), Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet),
Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar), Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Invierno porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Serouj Kradjian (Piano), Marie Berard (Violin),
Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet), Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar),
Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Argentina 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
10.
Che Tango Che by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Serouj Kradjian (Piano), Marie Berard (Violin),
Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet), Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar),
Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11.
Corralera by Anselmo Aieta
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Serouj Kradjian (Piano),
Marie Berard (Violin), Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet),
Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar), Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Verano porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Serouj Kradjian (Piano), Marie Berard (Violin),
Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet), Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar),
Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Argentina 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13.
Preludio para el año 3001 (Rinasceró) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Roman Borys (Cello), Serouj Kradjian (Piano), Marie Berard (Violin),
Fabian Carbone (Bandoneon), Shalom Bard (Clarinet), Daniel Bolshoy (Guitar),
Levon Ichkhanian (Oud), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14.
Beautiful Dream by Arno Babadjanyan
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
15.
Fairy Tale Land by Unto Mononen
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
16.
Che Bandoneon "El duende de tu son" by Anibal Troilo
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
17.
La cumparsita by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
18.
Tango Notturno: Ich hab an dich gedacht "Tango Notturno" by Hans-Otto Borgmann
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serouj Kradjian Tango Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Tcheknagh Yeraz (Babadjanyan)
Por una cabeza (Gardel)
Enrico IV (Piazzolla): Oblivion

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