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Armenian music is used as a vehicle for presenting Armenian culture. Music can be analyzed as a component of an overall cultural strategy. Also considered is the interrelationship between music and education. These themes and others are presented in a live discussion on the show. The show features well-known Armenian composers and performers.
This is the name of the temporary exhibition of the year 2018 at Komitas Museum-Institute. Until December, each visitor will be illuminated by the personality and work of one of the five pupils of Komitas – Mihran Tumajan – an honest and conscientious figure of Armenian culture, a man with great inner strength. Our guests are Nairi Khachaturyan, the creator of the exhibition, and Gayane Amiragyan, the scholarly consultant, editor of the album of exhibits and of scholarly articles. During our broadcast, you'll also listen to several performances from the CD attached to the book.
Some months ago, the Komitas Publishing House published Yerevan Conservatory Associate Professor, pianist Naira Khachatryan's new collection, "Marches from Operas," of piano works arranged for four hands. Our guest, Naira Khachatryan, says she had always had heated discussions with the publisher of the book, Ruzanna Yesayan, and had played those pieces with her to make sure they are suitable for playing. During the broadcast, you'll listen to some performances by Naira Khachatryan and Narine Yengibaryan.
Diana Adamyan, a first-year student in Eduard Tadevosyan’s class at Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan, has won the first place at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in 2018. This performance of hers has been the most prominent among her many performances over the last years, at different competitions and concerts. During our talk, we also broadcast some of her performances in different phases of the competition in Geneva, including excerpts from Bruch’s Concerto, from Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4, from a work specially written for the competition by Klartag, and from Kreisler’s Miniature Viennese March.
Anzhela Atabekyan is the classic of the strong movement created in the performing and pedagogical art of the Armenian qanun in the second half of the 20th century. The strongest and lyrical path of the Armenian qanun begins with her. "I can't imagine my life without qanun," confesses our guest.
The old and new music pieces performed by pianist Sofia Melikyan get a wise and comprehensible interpretation. In 2018, she has issued the albums "Women" and "Spanish Piano Music" where the opuses by Gubaydulina, Granados and Chtchyan have a very unique, personal sound. Beside these works in the albums, there are also pieces that create a fresh performing tradition.
"Contemporaries called Kristapor Kara-Murza an "Itinerant school." He created a movement in favor of four-voice singing, instilled love for the mother tongue, spread folk songs, inspired respect for the folk music," wrote musicologist Matevos Muradyan. This episode of our program reminds an essay dedicated to the anniversary of Kara-Murza, one of the senior classics of the Armenian composer school.
From March 17 to 23, the 6th Republican Competition of Young Concertmаsters named after Heghine Ter-Ghevondyan, founder of the Department for Preparation of Concertmаsters at Yerevan State Conservatory, was held. The new generation of the Armenian concertmаster school presented itself with an enormous potential this time. It is attested by the winners, two of whom are our guests, Martin Shahbazyan (1st place) and Tigran Petrosyan (2nd place). During our broadcast, you'll listen to the competition performances, including works by Spendiaryan, Mussorgsky, Mahler, Verdi, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff.
When playing works of different styles and times, it is necessary to subject duduk to the artistic rules of the work played. We're talking with Artak Asatryan and Georgi Minasyan Junior about the newly published Chrestomathy comprised by their teacher, the merited figure of Armenian music art, Georgi Minasyan. "The more I examine world music, the more I understand the universal value of Narekatsi's taghs," says Artak Asatryan. You'll listen to music pieces by Komitas, Vivaldi, R. Amirkhanyan and Mozart that are arranged for duduk and were performed during the presentation of the Chrestomathy.
"Intoxicated with Purity," "Unexpected Modernism," "Archaic and Amazing"… Such headlines in the most serious German periodicals responded to the birth of the album "Komitas. Seven Songs" released by ECM Records. The music pieces are rendered in the interpretation of Lusine Grigoryan, lecturer at Yerevan State Conservatory named after Komitas. English periodicals, "Gramophone" and "BBC Music," also wrote about this album in the form of an article and an interview.
"This singer who was born in Moscow, was educated in Russian educational establishments and who communicated with Russian and world music art has been instilled with the culture of her ethnic ancestors through her mother's milk and has been engaged in its good popularization in her entire creative life," wrote the famous singer Sergey Yakovenko. This episode of the program is dedicated to the 100th birth anniversary of Zaruhi Dolukhanyan, a diamond of Soviet-Armenian chamber vocal art.
"The art worker and the human nature are in a very close relationship with each other." The art of the violinist and bright personality Artashes Mkrtchyan stands out for its solid handwriting of performance and pedagogy.
Each day of pianist, pedagogue and public figure Armine Grigoryan adorns the present and future of the Armenian music culture. Our conversation covers her past, with the memories from her childhood, with the story of her first piano, and with her confession addressed to her teachers.
In 2016, Yerevan's Opera House presented the newest staging of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" and a new name of a director. "It is only through music that we should analyze the drama of the opera, what the composer wants to express," says Naire Stepanyan, lecturer at Yerevan Conservatory and a guest director at the Opera House. She believes her learning started with the classic books of the prominent Boris Pokrovsky, and today she is captivated by the stage world view of Italian avant-garde writer Emma Dante.
Her singing talent was discovered by her aunt, well-known pedagogue and violinist Zoya Petrosyan. Her study in Gegham Grigoryan's class refined her natural gift. Her work at the Silva Kaputikyan House-Museum gave her an opportunity to get more familiar with poetry and chamber genre. The romances she has authored are performed during her concerts and have won at an international competition. Our guest is soprano singer at the Opera Theater, songwriter Maya Afrikyan.
"I am one of those lucky people who have been born in the families of clergymen," says our guest, Fr. Ghevont Kirazian's son. His solo performance took place on a day very memorable for him, during the ceremony of proclamation of the Armenian Genocide victims as saints. Tenor Perch Karazyan is one of the famous names of Armenian theater and concert life.
Singer and pedagogue Stefani Kocharyan presents her creative activity. During the broadcast, you'll listen to excerpts from our guest's concert performances, including works by Komitas, Pergolesi and Bach.
During the four-day war of 2016, the 19-year-old sergeant Robert Abajyan, Hero of Artsakh and the youngest holder of the Golden Eagle medal, became a human shield for our homeland. His feat and martyrdom have become an occasion for a new song. The author of the lyrics is Aksel Baghumyan, the music is composed by Margarit Sargsyan, and the singer is Hayk Tigranyan.
Creative and performing initiatives of the composer Arpine Kalinina are deeply important steps, which result in a dialogue of different generations, musicians, and countries. In 2015 and 2017, as a result of this bridge, two musical opuses on the lyrics of Armenian poets were created in the history of British music.
You'll agree if I say that the warmest moments of New Year holidays are when we talk with the oldest members of our family. Our radio's festal table has turned into one such meeting. During the first show of our program in 2018, New Year and Christmas memories and traditions are shared by our guests, the staffs of the Alexander Spendiaryan and Aram Khachaturyan museums, Ghazaros Saryan's youngest daughter, and two representatives of the older generation of the modern Armenian composers' school, Vladilen Balyan and Geghuni Chtchyan.
In this jubilee year, the first yearbook of the Alexander Spendiaryan House-Museum was published. In our talk, we present some memorable episodes from the history of the 50-year-old museum and of the year 2017. "We are thankful to Spendiaryan for giving us the opportunity to be in his luminous world and environment," says our guest, the director of the museum, Marine Otaryan.
Arsen Babajanyan, Armen Manasyan and Shushan Hyusnunts, young musicians that have created and run the Artconcept international association, periodically present cutting edge composing, performing and scholarly ideas. After Munich and Berlin, Yerevan hosted another program created by these young musicians studying abroad. The program presented some music pieces for Armenian viola by Armenian and German composers. The main hero of the Armenian Viola project is the only player of Armenian viola, composer, conductor Grigor Arakelyan. "There are works where I understand the author's idea, and there are works that speak to me," says our guest.
Since 2012, the culture of Armenia is also represented on international stages by the efforts of the Naghash Ensemble where the Armenian spirit meets with the world rhythms. This combination was heard and made alive by the founder of the Naghash, American-Armenian composer, pianist and conductor John Hodian. The ensemble consists of singers Hasmik Baghdasaryan, Tatevik Movsesyan, and Arpine Ter-Petrosyan, as well as of Emmanuel Hovhannisyan (duduk), Aramayis Nikoghosyan (oud), and Tigran Hovhannisyan (dhol).
Musicologist and folklorist, senior researcher at the Institute of Arts, PhD in Art Studies Zaven Tagakchyan is the founder and artistic director of Gorani ensemble. During our talk with him, you will listen to a Gorani from the region of Taron, several songs of Iran-based Armenians, two songs from Erznka, a song-cycle for Barekendan from Bithynia, and two dance songs.
For the classic representative of Armenian cello performing art Medea Abrahamyan, the year 2017 is celebratory. Orientalist Sergey Manvelyan's new book, "Medea Abrahamyan," is a unique monument raised in honor of the queen musician.