The Music of Armenia [Box]

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All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
This seven-CD collection is truly beautiful and truly eye-opening. Through Christianity, Armenia shares a common musical origin with Europe, especially in choral works. Due to geography, culture, and the pre-Medieval split of the Armenia Church from the Roman Catholic, Armenia is foreign and nearly Eastern. The musical result is a treasure, at times an unearthed gem of familiarity and then siren calls of exotic charm. The Music of Armenia, Vol. 1: Sacred Music sounds right out of Gregorian songbook. The similarity cannot be denied. The exquisite production invites us back to a Middle Ages monophone recital; powerful and moving. Vol. 2: Medieval Chant follows in the same ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
This seven-CD collection is truly beautiful and truly eye-opening. Through Christianity, Armenia shares a common musical origin with Europe, especially in choral works. Due to geography, culture, and the pre-Medieval split of the Armenia Church from the Roman Catholic, Armenia is foreign and nearly Eastern. The musical result is a treasure, at times an unearthed gem of familiarity and then siren calls of exotic charm. The Music of Armenia, Vol. 1: Sacred Music sounds right out of Gregorian songbook. The similarity cannot be denied. The exquisite production invites us back to a Middle Ages monophone recital; powerful and moving. Vol. 2: Medieval Chant follows in the same vein. Here the Sharakan Early Music Ensemble backs a cavalcade of Armenian guest artists. Vol. 3: Duduk feels distinctly Armenian. The duduk is a double-reed wind instrument. The next in the series is Vol. 4: Kanon. A kanon is a zither-like folk instrument. With both CDs it is apparent the featured instruments are offering melodies ripe for vocalization. Indeed, each recording is composed entirely of transcriptions of vocal works. The results are addictive and lyrical, giving each track life and strength. Vol. 1: Sacred Music and Vol. 3: Duduk are the most touching -- very human and emotional in delivery -- warm documents of a people rich in art. Vol. 5 is a double CD. One disc features the Shoghaken Folk Ensemble and the other the Sasun Folk Group. Here are songs for dancing and remembering -- an evocative collection from a time when history was passed on lyrically. Vol. 6: Nagorno-Karabakh represents the contemporary form of Armenian folk music. These are mostly songs of grief; Nagorno-Karabakh is the region most torn by war and strife. The entire set is instantly open to the Western ear. A rewarding and singular musical experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Celestial Harmonies
  • UPC: 013711990928
  • Catalog Number: 19909

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aravot Lousaber (3:15)
  2. 2 Aysor Dzainen (2:51)
  3. 3 Bats Mez Ter (2:36)
  4. 4 Hayrapetakan Maghtank (2:27)
  5. 5 Yekyalks (3:45)
  6. 6 Hyer Mer (2:42)
  7. 7 Havoun, Havoun (3:52)
  8. 8 Sirt Im Sasani (4:31)
  9. 9 Yerg Votnlvai (2:07)
  10. 10 Ov Zarmanali (2:33)
  11. 11 Hreshtakayin (3:11)
  12. 12 Metsatsousteh (Syntaxical Chant) (0:52)
  13. 13 Yerg Votnlvai (3:01)
  14. 14 Hayr Arakogh (3:17)
  15. 15 Our Es Myer Im (3:32)
  16. 16 Khachi Ko Kristos (8:28)
  17. 17 Yekeghetsin Haikakan (3:22)
  18. 18 Marmin Terounakan (1:27)
  19. 19 Chanapar (1:40)
  20. 20 Echmiadzin (2:11)
  21. 21 Varanimk (4:07)
  22. 22 Marmin Terounakan (1:24)
  23. 23 Bashkheh Zmarmin (0:50)
  24. 24 Ter Voghormya (5:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sirt Im Sasani (4:16)
  2. 2 Chinar Es (3:18)
  3. 3 Havoun, Havoun (4:47)
  4. 4 Zarmanali E Ints (4:28)
  5. 5 Ter Herknits (2:28)
  6. 6 Ter Voghormya (2:41)
  7. 7 Havik (2:58)
  8. 8 Gorani (2:09)
  9. 9 Hripsimeants Sharakan (2:47)
  10. 10 Sourb, Sourb (2:18)
  11. 11 Tagh (2:52)
  12. 12 Horzham (3:44)
  13. 13 Ov Yeranelid (2:21)
  14. 14 Khorhurd Khorin (2:41)
  15. 15 Bazoum Yen Ko Gtoutyunk (2:08)
  16. 16 Sharakan in Three Parts (4:25)
  17. 17 Sail Ain Ijaner... (3:19)
  18. 18 Voghormya Intns Astvadz (1:51)
  19. 19 Hreshtakayin (2:49)
  20. 20 Hayr Mer (2:22)
  21. 21 Zors Astvadz Verin Koum Steghdzer (3:28)
  22. 22 Our Es Mayr Im (4:18)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hovern Enkan (4:35)
  2. 2 Amen Aravot (3:41)
  3. 3 Akh Im Champen (3:42)
  4. 4 Es Gisher, Lusnak Gisher (3:56)
  5. 5 Kali Yerg (5:36)
  6. 6 Kamantcha (3:01)
  7. 7 Kezanits Mas Chunem (4:54)
  8. 8 Dle Yaman (4:16)
  9. 9 Tui Tui (2:40)
  10. 10 Yes Mi Tsar Em Tsirani/Tsirani Tsar Bar Mi Tar (4:36)
  11. 11 Vorskan Akhper (4:55)
  12. 12 Ashkhares Mi Panjara Ye (2:59)
  13. 13 Tsarere Tsahgum En (4:20)
  14. 14 Pailun Arusiak (3:00)
  15. 15 Vasn Mero Perkutian (2:31)
  16. 16 Chachaneh Tsaghadzoreh (2:50)
  17. 17 Me Khosk Unim (4:24)
  18. 18 Alashkerti Cochari (3:53)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Nazani (1:55)
  2. 2 Vardani Mor Voghp (2:58)
  3. 3 Horovel (3:17)
  4. 4 Sahlakho (3:19)
  5. 5 Sonat-Taghashar (7:54)
  6. 6 Chinar Es (3:51)
  7. 7 Trapizontsinerti Par (3:13)
  8. 8 Unabi/Marali/Shushiki (3:43)
  9. 9 Kez, Ov Peso (4:04)
  10. 10 Improvisation (4:06)
  11. 11 Eshkhemed (3:27)
  12. 12 Tsirani Tsar (2:39)
  13. 13 Dun en Gikhen/Kamantcha (3:45)
  14. 14 Lorva Shoror/Arag Par (3:45)
  15. 15 Tokat (4:01)
  16. 16 Otar-Amai Champeki Vra (On Strange Desert Roads) (3:13)
  17. 17 Tagh (2:32)
  18. 18 Krunk (3:19)
  19. 19 Erzerumi Shoror (3:13)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Jeirani Pes (3:14)
  2. 2 Imal Enim (3:45)
  3. 3 Dovivi Kanch (3:19)
  4. 4 Msho Geghen (3:01)
  5. 5 Medley (4:44)
  6. 6 Dle Yaman (6:01)
  7. 7 Aparani Par (3:10)
  8. 8 Akh Lele, Vakh Lele - Sasun Folk Group (2:33)
  9. 9 Arshaluis Noren Batsvan (3:28)
  10. 10 Armenian Dance (4:11)
  11. 11 Aravotun Lusn Erevats (2:01)
  12. 12 Arabo - Sasun Folk Group (2:14)
  13. 13 Siretsi Yares Taran (4:11)
  14. 14 Artsakhi Par (2:36)
  15. 15 Esor Arazn Es Gnatsel (4:40)
  16. 16 Gulo (4:43)
  17. 17 Bakhtavari (4:13)
  18. 18 Tsovun Havkem Kar (4:19)
  19. 19 Mekn Im Yari Neman Chi (4:49)
  20. 20 Traditional Dance (2:16)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Erva Yes (3:10)
  2. 2 Nazov Akhchik (Shy Girl) (3:14)
  3. 3 Nani Bala (2:11)
  4. 4 Kani Vor Jan Im (3:03)
  5. 5 Hai Merik - Sasun Folk Group (1:42)
  6. 6 Haireniki Jur (The Waters of My Motherland) (4:15)
  7. 7 Giamin Ver Tsovaun (2:56)
  8. 8 Ashkarumes Akh Chim Kashil (4:47)
  9. 9 Naz Par (Shy Dance) (3:01)
  10. 10 Gorani (4:38)
  11. 11 Dances of Sasun (4:04)
  12. 12 Lusniak Gisher (3:09)
  13. 13 Karot - Sasun Folk Group (2:23)
  14. 14 Uzundärä (3:50)
  15. 15 Khorotik (3:05)
  16. 16 Ashkarhes Me Panjara Ye (3:02)
  17. 17 Vai Merik (2:39)
  18. 18 Machkal Es (3:26)
  19. 19 Im Im Muradin (3:39)
  20. 20 Sasno Ahegh Krvin (During the Hard Battle of Sasun) - Sasun Folk Group (2:08)
  21. 21 Yarem Ker (1:45)
  22. 22 Anoush Garun - Hakob Khalatian (2:49)
  23. 23 Zurni Trngi (3:04)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Shushi - Ludmila Grigorian (4:11)
  2. 2 Karabakhi Ayayi Orhnank - Elmira Harutunian (2:18)
  3. 3 Mair Araksi Aperov - Levon Sargissian (2:38)
  4. 4 Kenats Yerg - Karabahk Children's Choir (3:24)
  5. 5 Medley: Karabakhi Horovel/Grief of the Karabakhi Women/Khnotsu Yerg (10:48)
  6. 6 Veradarts - Ludmila Grigorian (3:48)
  7. 7 Hayastan - Simon Sargissian (3:14)
  8. 8 Artsakhi Sharakan (4:39)
  9. 9 Shushi (4:31)
  10. 10 Tasnechors - Elmira Harutunian (4:00)
  11. 11 Avo - Karabahk Children's Choir (3:33)
  12. 12 Hai Agchik Karabakhi (2:07)
  13. 13 Tgha-Tgha (2:00)
  14. 14 Siretsi Yares Taran - Levon Sargissian (2:39)
  15. 15 Im Karabakh - Elmira Harutunian (2:53)
  16. 16 Haireni Artsakh (Motherland Artsakh) - Ludmila Grigorian (3:08)
  17. 17 Gandzasar (4:56)
  18. 18 Bekor - Karabahk Children's Choir (3:18)
  19. 19 Karabakhi Ayan (3:45)
  20. 20 The Hymn of Arsakh (1:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patrick Ball Track Performer
Kevin Braheny Track Performer
Paul Horn Track Performer
Inkuyo Track Performer
Brian Keane Track Performer
R. Carlos Nakai Track Performer
Robert Rich Track Performer
Steve Roach Track Performer
David Hudson Track Performer
Tomoko Sunazaki Track Performer
Sékou Camara Cobra Track Performer
Ara Dinkjian Track Performer
Nathalie Dussault Track Performer
Hassan Isikkut Track Performer
David Mingyue Liang Track Performer
Francine Martel Track Performer
David Parson Track Performer
Yeum Sang Track Performer
Omar Faruk Tekbilek Track Performer
Arto Tuncboyaciyan Track Performer
Khenany Track Performer
Chuck Oken Jr. Track Performer
The Sharakan Early Music Ensemble Vocals, Track Performer
Dincer Dalkilic Track Performer
Naira Abrahamian Vocals
Edik Astsatryan Duduk
Grigor Danielian Conductor, Track Performer
Hovhannes Darbinian Taragat
Artsvik Demourchian Vocals
Emin Gunduz Track Performer
Artiom Hakobian Vocals
Astgik Hakobian Vocals
Liana Hakobian Vocals
Hasmik Harutunian Vocals, Track Performer
Lilith Harutunian Viola
Naira Kajoyan Flute
Gayaneh Khachaturian Vocals
Hakob Khalatian Track Performer, Kamanche
Liana Makhsudian Vocals
Gourgan Manukian Dhol
Tsovinar Manukian Vocals
Vazgen Meliksetian Vocals, Track Performer
Ara Mkoyan Drones, Duduk
Vladimir Ovchyan Vocals, Track Performer
Irina Pirumian Vocals, Track Performer
Gela Sahakian Kamanche
Larisa Sargissian Vocals, Track Performer
Margarit Sarkissen Piano
Grigor Takushian Drones, Duduk
Artavazd Voskanian Vocals, Track Performer
Lida Zakarian Vocals, Track Performer
Vararakn Valve Horn, Track Performer
Jora Nasibian Drones, Duduk
Galina Sahakian Cello
Armenuhi Seiranian Vocals
Gevorg Dabaghyan Conductor, Track Performer, Duduk, Zurna, Shevi
Eduard Harutunian Drones, Duduk
Anna Mailian Vocals
Ara Avanian Vocals
Karineh Avetissian Vocals
Daniel Erazhisht Organ, Conductor
Inga Gazarian Vocals
Mihran Ghazelian Conductor, Choir Master
Samvel Grigorian Drones, Duduk
Harutiun Harutiunian Vocals
Sedrak Harutiunian Vocals
Karineh Hovhannessian Kanoon, Track Performer
Armen Hareyan Organ
Andranik Manukian Conductor
Artsakhi Balikner Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Haissmavourk Choir Vocals, Track Performer
The Shoghaken Ensemble Track Performer
Janna Aivazian Vocals, Track Performer
Lavrent Sevyan Taragat
Ludmila Grigorian Vocals
Levon Sargissian Taragat
Simon Sargissian Piano
Technical Credits
Sahan Arzruni translation
David Parson Producer, Engineer
Kay Parsons Producer, Engineer
Eckart Rahn Executive Producer
John A. Schaefer Liner Notes
Komitas Arranger
Ashot Boghossian Producer
Hovik Hoveyan Producer
Emmi Abgar Arranger
Naira Abrahamian Contributor
Marina Aivazian translation
Artsvik Demourchian Contributor
Tsovak Hambartsumian Arranger
Avedik Issahakian Contributor
Vard Manukian Arranger
Ara Mkoyan Contributor
Hmayak Rostomian Engineer
Gela Sahakian Contributor
Grigor Takushian Contributor
Vahan Tekeyan Contributor
Gevorg Dabaghyan Director
Eduard Harutunian Contributor
Khachatur Avetissian Arranger
Daniel Erazhisht Director
Samvel Grigorian Contributor
Karineh Hovhannessian Contributor
Andranik Manukian Director
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