The show presents the masterpieces of classics in performance of distinguished musicians, as well as provides comprehensive information about the lives and works of composers and performers, their role and influence on further development of classical music.
The Piano Concerto "Golgotha" is the "swan song" of the composer Stepan Lusikyan and, according to Svetlana Navasardyan, "the golden rose that he put on the pedestal of music." The first part of this episode presents the musical field where this "golden rose" opened.
This episode is dedicated to the prominent conductor and teacher Mikayel Maluntsyan. "Mikayel Maluntsyan is a musician with great erudition, and a first-class conductor," said Aram Khachaturian. While Jean Ter-Merguerian admitted that "playing with Mikayel Maluntsyan is happiness."
The episode is dedicated to Komitas's cantata written on the basis of Psalm 137, which he created while studying at the Berlin Conservatory. The Psalm describes the tragedy of the Jews captured in Babylon, which was in tune with the state of Komitas’s spirit that was shaken by the 1896 Van massacre.
This episode is dedicated to the Opera "Salome" by Richard Strauss, which, according to Romain Rolland, is a "monstrous masterpiece." The opera reflects the beheading of John the Baptist at the request of Salome and by order of King Herod, and the subsequent events.
This episode illustrates the idea, drama, and structure of St. John Passion by Bach, and deciphers the symbols found in it, thus contributing to a deeper understanding of this work.
This episode presents "The Organ Booklet" by Bach—a collection of polyphonic arrangements of religious songs. According to A. Schweitzer, it is one of the greatest achievements of the entire music world, a dictionary of Bach's musical language, and a key to understand his art.
This episode presents "Myths: Three Poems for Violin and Piano" by Szymanowski. The plot of this musical series is taken from Ovid's poem "Metamorphoses." The problems of the embodiment of nature and mythological images in music are also discussed.
Based on Johann Goethe's "West-Eastern Divan," this issue of the program explores the influence of Persian poetry on Western poetry. The host presents and analyzes F. Schubert’s and I. Brahms’ songs composed to Hafiz's words, and shows the importance of the mission of art and culture in the reconciliation and harmony of the East and the West.
The episode is dedicated to the life and work of Frederic Chopin. It also touches upon the tragic nature of his work, which is expressed by the ruffles of the musician's shattered soul and yearning heart.
The second part of this episode covers the London period of Handel's life and work, when his ascent in the genres of oratorio and opera took place. The host continues to draw parallels between Handel and Bach, and notes Handel's influence on other composers.
The first part of this episode is dedicated to the life and work of Handel, his activities in Germany, Italy, and England, and to the period of creation of his first operas and oratorios. Parallels are drawn between Handel and Bach.
This episode is dedicated to the Violin Concerto by Alban Berg, the lord of “wonderful, stunning and phenomenal sound combinations” (Stravinsky).
The second part of this episode is dedicated to the life and work of Mozart. It uses excerpts from the treatises on Mozart by famous musicologists that reveal the features of this genius’s world view and character. Those features are embodied in the images of the characters created by him.
The first part of this episode presents Mozart as a herald of the revival of national consciousness and as an innovator who "exploded" the stereotypes of opera and other genres and who moved the "epicenter" of classical music from Italy to Germany.
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Aram Gharabekyan, the artistic director and conductor of the State Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. It highlights his active work in Armenia and the Diaspora, and his role in raising the quality level of the Orchestra and in contributing to the international reputation of Armenia.
In this part, parallels are drawn between biblical prophets and the artists, poets and philosophers of modern times, whose visions and works picture the fate and future of the entire humanity.
The first part of the episode presents the artist as a prophet, who is endowed with abilities to receive the word of the Creator and convey it to mankind, to unite the world with love as well as to predict the impending disasters and to sober people, to lift them up and to direct their eyes to heaven and eternity.
The episode describes the love and tragedy of the heroine of this Opera as well as the "luxury and misery" of the Parisian elite of the 19th century, and presents the embodiment of the libretto through relevant musical forms.
This episode of our program illustrates Sibelius's creative credo, according to which music can achieve maximum impact when guided by any poetic line or program, in other words, when music merges with poetry.
This episode touches upon the biography and works of Britten — his innovative operas, instrumental music, War Requiem. It also presents Britten's days in Yerevan, his contacts with Armenian musicians, the series of songs based on Pushkin's poems, which he created in Dilijan, etc.
This episode outlines the creative portrait of the brilliant Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler and considers its features in the larger view of famous violinists of his time.
The episode presents Symphony Nº 14 by Dmitry Shostakovich, which he created in Dilijan. This musical masterpiece is based on the poems of Lorca, Apollinaire, Küchelbecker, and Rilke.
The episode presents the tragic life and work of Franz Schubert, the founder of musical romanticism and vocal symphonism.
The episode is dedicated to the art of Alan Hovhaness, an Armenian American composer. By using the music, instruments and poetry of Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and other peoples, he created his own versatile style.