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ABRAMIAN, Eduard (1923-1986)

24 PRELUDES FOR PIANO


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

The composer, pianist and teacher Eduard Aslanovich Abramian was one of the most significant and respected figures in the development of modern Armenian music. Drawing on features of Armenian folklore, Abramian’s impressive 24 Preludes do not follow a highly-structured tonal scheme but one which appears to be spontaneous, key following key principally to satisfy the need for dramatic contrast of mood and colour.

Tracklist

 
24 Preludes (1972) (00:54:58 )
1
No. 1 in E-Flat Major (00:01:23)
2
No. 2 in C Major (00:02:54)
3
No. 3 in E Minor (00:02:14)
4
No. 4 in E-Flat Minor (00:03:05)
5
No. 5 in D Minor (00:04:41)
6
No. 6 in C-Sharp Minor (00:02:00)
7
No. 7 in D-Flat Major (00:02:56)
8
No. 8 in B-Flat Major (00:02:13)
9
No. 9 in F-Sharp Major (00:02:51)
10
No. 10 in E Major (00:01:26)
11
No. 11 in F-Sharp Minor (00:03:16)
12
No. 12 in F Minor (00:01:36)
13
No. 13 in A Major (00:03:09)
14
No. 14 in B-Flat Minor (00:01:21)
15
No. 15 in D Minor (00:03:50)
16
No. 16 in F Major (00:02:16)
17
No. 17 in B Major (00:01:15)
18
No. 18 in G Minor (00:02:10)
19
No. 19 in G-Sharp Minor (00:02:54)
20
No. 20 in A-Flat Major (00:02:52)
21
No. 21 in C Minor (00:01:55)
22
No. 22 in G Major (00:03:02)
23
No. 23 in E-Flat Minor (00:02:43)
24
No. 24 in B Minor (00:02:42)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:00:44

The Artist

Ayrapetyan, Mikael Mikael Ayrapetyan is a pianist, composer and producer. He is also the founder and artistic director of the music project Secrets of Armenia, which aims to increase international awareness of Armenian classical music, and actively organises concerts featuring Armenian music in venues around the world, for which he is producer, artistic director and pianist. Born in 1984 in Yerevan, Armenia, he studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, and continues to uphold the performing traditions of the Russian piano school, of which Konstantin Igumnov, Samuel Feinberg and Lev Oborin are luminaries. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary and includes rarely performed works by Armenian composers.

The Composer

Among those who worked principally in Armenia, without seeking to establish any worldwide reputation, the composer, pianist and teacher Eduard Aslanovich Abramian was one of the most significant and respected: a key figure in the modern development of Armenian music. Born in Tblisi on 22 May 1923, he was early singled out as one of a group of gifted children who, under the aegis of Tblisi State Conservatory, received tuition from the noted composer and pedagogue Sergey Barkhudarian, and then formed the core of a ten-year musical secondary school.

During World War II he was forced to put his studies aside, while he worked in an aircraft-construction factory. In 1950, after receiving a Tchaikovsky Prize, Abramian graduated from the state conservatory with honours degrees in composition and piano.

In 1960 he moved to Yerevan, where he taught at the conservatoire as professor of piano from 1961 to 1982. At the same time he became closely involved in the work of the Armenian Composers’ Union. Through this connection he obtained advantageous housing conditions and an excellent work situation. He also participated in over 150 meetings between groups of Armenian composers and workers from remote districts of the republic. In this way he became familiar with the folk-music of a wide range of his native country. Abramian died in Yerevan at the age of 63.

Reviews

ClassicsToday.com

“Mikael Ayrapetyan’s assured technique and natural flair for his countryman’s aesthetic result in performances that effortlessly fuse poetic nuance and high-octane virtuosity.” – ClassicsToday.com

“The consistency of Abramian’s inventiveness keeps one engaged throughout the hour.” – Fanfare

“Mikael Ayrapetyan plays all of it with due reverence for his compatriot’s music…” – MusicWeb International