Armenian Lullabies

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hasmik Harutyunyan is one of the most revered folk singers in Armenia. Her renown is based on performances of the very material found on this CD. Featured as a soloist on The Shoghaken Ensemble's Music of Armenia, and as a singer on the group's Traditional Dances of Armenia, she is also the director of the Mouradian Children's Song and Dance Folklore Group and travels throughout Europe performing. This collection of mostly women's lullabies features her renditions of Armenian lullabies from antiquity to the 20th century. Two of her pieces here, "Kessabi Oror" and "Nani Bala," are used on national Armenian radio as standards. The term "oror," translates as "rock, rock," and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hasmik Harutyunyan is one of the most revered folk singers in Armenia. Her renown is based on performances of the very material found on this CD. Featured as a soloist on The Shoghaken Ensemble's Music of Armenia, and as a singer on the group's Traditional Dances of Armenia, she is also the director of the Mouradian Children's Song and Dance Folklore Group and travels throughout Europe performing. This collection of mostly women's lullabies features her renditions of Armenian lullabies from antiquity to the 20th century. Two of her pieces here, "Kessabi Oror" and "Nani Bala," are used on national Armenian radio as standards. The term "oror," translates as "rock, rock," and when hearing these pieces with their gentle, ethereal cadences and rhythms one can not only picture, but feel the image of a mother or even a grandmother rocking an infant gently to sleep in the darkness. These songs are slow, lilting, droning, and incantory pieces, where the human voice is accompanied by the duduk Armenian oboe. The kanon a zither to be played on the lap and the three-string, vertical fiddle known as the kamancha, all of these are played by members of the amazing Shoghaken Ensemble. This is a singular collection, full of emotion, dignity, and grace, offered intimately and without the trappings of field recordings or the dryness of museum-quality interpretations. These sons are alive, full of breath and quiet drama. The liner notes by Cynthia Rogers provide not only fine historical information, but also music and title data, as well, and the lyrics to many of these lullabies are translated, heartbreakingly so. This recording will appeal to anyone interested in the depth of human emotion as well as Armenian music. Fans of Lisa Gerrard and Dead Can Dance, of the sacred minimalism of Arvo Pärt's vocal pieces, and of traditional folk music will all be awed and edified by the humble majesty in this set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Trad. Crossroads
  • UPC: 780702432124
  • Catalog Number: 4321
  • Sales rank: 254,567

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Agna Oror (2:52)
  2. 2 Tikranakerti Ororotsayin (5:52)
  3. 3 Sassuni Oror (5:28)
  4. 4 Nazei Oror (4:15)
  5. 5 Taroni Oror (5:44)
  6. 6 Koon Yeghir Balas (4:17)
  7. 7 Anush Knik (4:37)
  8. 8 Oror Jojk Em Kabel (6:32)
  9. 9 Kessabi Oror (3:49)
  10. 10 Talishi Oror (4:24)
  11. 11 Nani Bala (2:49)
  12. 12 Taroni Heyroor (5:01)
  13. 13 Pootanya Ororotsayin (4:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hasmik Harutyunyan Primary Artist
Hasmik Harutunian Vocals
Grigor Takushian Duduk, Group Member
Gevorg Dabaghyan Duduk, Group Member
Karineh Hovhannessian Kanoon, Group Member
The Shoghaken Ensemble Group
Tigran Ambaryan Mbira, Kamanche, Group Member
Artur Arakelyan Ud, Group Member
Heriknaz Harutyunyan Vocals
Technical Credits
Vincent Caro Mastering
Harold G. Hagopian Producer
Jerry Bezdikian Graphic Design
Cynthia Rogers Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Heriknaz Harutyunyan Song Research
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