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Music Of Armenia / Suren Bagratuni


Release Date: 11/12/2013 
Label:  Blue Griffin   Catalog #: 291   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard MirzoyanVache Sharafyan
Performer:  Suren BagratuniDeborah MoriartyJames Forger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Acclaimed cellist Suren Bagratuni, winner of the Silver medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, present a CD of music by two of the most prominent contemporary Armenian composers: Eduard Mirzoyan and Vache Sharafyan. The music, although deeply rooted in ancient Armenian melodies, embraces innovative compositional techniques with the use of quarter-tone intonations, wide vibrato, whispers, and other sound effects. To bring this music to life Mr. Bagratuni collaborates with his esteemed colleagues at Michigan State University, pianist Deborah Moriarty and saxophonist James Forger, as well as his daughter, Marta, whose beautiful voice and cello playing are also featured on this recording. Acclaimed cellist Suren Bagratuni, winner of the Silver medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, present a CD of music by two of the most prominent contemporary Armenian composers: Eduard Mirzoyan and Vache Sharafyan. The music, although deeply rooted in ancient Armenian melodies, embraces innovative compositional techniques with the use of quarter-tone intonations, wide vibrato, whispers, and other sound effects. To bring this music to life Mr. Bagratuni collaborates with his esteemed colleagues at Michigan State University, pianist Deborah Moriarty and saxophonist James Forger, as well as his daughter, Marta, whose beautiful voice and cello playing are also featured on this recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Cello Sonata, for cello & piano by Edvard Mirzoyan
Performer:  Suren Bagratuni (Cello), Deborah Moriarty (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Blue Griffin's Studio 'The Ballroom', La 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Between a dream & awakening, for saxophone & cello by Vache Sharafyan
Performer:  James Forger (Saxophone), Suren Bagratuni (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Blue Griffin's Studio 'The Ballroom', La 
Length: 9 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. On Wings of Hymns, for voices, 2 cellos & piano by Vache Sharafyan
Performer:  Suren Bagratuni (Cello), Deborah Moriarty (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Blue Griffin's Studio 'The Ballroom', La 
Length: 26 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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