Thirty voices strong, the Armenian State Chamber Choir serves up a spellbinding program that includes extraordinary music by the influential ethnomusicologist and priest Komitas, 20th-century composers Alfred Schnittke and John Tavener, and the contemporary composer David Haladijan; a selection of traditional Armenian folk tunes; and more. The choir's recording on ECM of Tigran Mansurian's Ars Poetica was praised for its superb ensemble cohesion and blend: "gorgeous, emotive, and very deeply felt a cappella choral music... fully the product of inspiration" (All Music Guide).
Rustic Wedding Songs (Suite A, 1899–1901)
The Bride's Farewell
To the Bridegroom's Mother
The Bridegroom's Blessing
Rise Up! (1899-1901)
O Mountains, Bring Breeze (1913–14)
Plowing Song of Lori (1902–6)
(1902, Poem by Hovhannes Hovhanisyan)
Hail to the Virgin Mary
Lord, Have Mercy
Gorani of Moosh
Program notes are available online. [PDF]
Օրօր Ադինո Lullaby Adino, Komitas
Ելել Rise Up!, Komitas (will be performed at the April 14 concert)
Վը Կոնդաս K'kondas, David Haladjian
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