The Komitas Legacy: Armenian Piano Trios (24/48 FLAC)
The Komitas Legacy: Armenian Piano Trios (24/48 FLAC)

Composer: Arno Babadjanian, Komitas, Varoujan Bartikian, Nina Grigoryan, Ardashes Agoshian
Performer: Trio Aeternus
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Toccata Next
Size: 742 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Arno Babadjanian
Piano Trio in F-Sharp Minor:
01. I. Largo
02. II. Andante
03. III. Allegro vivace

Soghomon Soghomonian Komitas/Varoujan Bartikian
6 Armenian Miniatures (After Komitas):
04. No. 1, Dear Shogher
05. No. 2, You Are as Slender as a Plane-Tree
06. No. 3, Give Me a Cool Breeze
07. No. 4, The Crane
08. No. 5, Dear Lake, Answer Me
09. No. 6, Let’s Walk

Nina Grigoryan
Aeternus:
10. I. Andante maestoso
11. II. Allegro con brio
12. III. Andante spiritoso

Ardashes Agoshian
Piano Trio “Homage to Komitas”:
13. I. Broken Bells
14. II. Broken Dance No. 1
15. III. Possession
16. IV. Deus Internus
17. V. Broken Dance No. 2
18. VI. Thirst

Trio Aeternus:
Alexander Stewart (violin),
Varoujan Bartikian (cello),
João Paulo Santos (piano)

Soghomon Soghomonian (1869–1935) took the name Komitas (or Gomidas) when he was ordained a priest in 1894; a year later he became Komitas Vardapet (doctor of theology) – one of the two names by which he is known to history. The other is ‘father of Armenian music’, since he collected thousands of songs from his compatriots, his fieldwork preserving and identifying the accent which makes the works of Armenian composers readily identifiable – as these piano trios prove: one twentieth-century classic and three new works, one of which completes the circle by recasting six of Komitas’ own folksong arrangements.

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