A treasure island of piano music — Spiegel Online
The Grand Piano label continues to uncover gems of the piano repertoire. — Fanfare

BARKHUDARIAN, Sarkis (1887-1972)

FOUR ORIENTAL DANCES • 12 ARMENIAN DANCES • PIANO PIECES SERIES 1 & 2


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

The Armenian and Georgian composer Sarkis Vasil’evich Barkhudarian is famed for his piano miniatures. Some are among the first piano works to use Armenian folk themes as the basis for a series of original compositions. His colourful and unusual harmonies, created by the sinuous, interweaving modes of Armenian music, are immediately attractive and his miniatures, whether full of grace or pungent dance rhythms, bear out Glazunov’s admiration of his ‘sincerity, elegance and harmony of form’.

Visit the ALBUM MINI-SITE

Tracklist

 
Vostochniye plyaski (Oriental Dances) (1913) (00:10:00 )
1
Oriental Dance No. 1 * (00:02:59)
2
Oriental Dance No. 2 * (00:01:47)
3
Oriental Dance No. 3 * (00:02:50)
4
Oriental Dance No. 4 * (00:01:48)
 
12 Armenian Dances () (00:23:00 )
5
No. 1. Dance of the Bride * (00:01:45)
6
No. 2. Children's Dance * (00:01:05)
7
No. 3. Dance of the Matchmaker * (00:01:48)
8
No. 4. Dance of the Rural Girls * (00:01:43)
9
No. 5. Provocative Dance (Men's) * (00:01:33)
10
No. 6. Maiden's Roundelay * (00:01:20)
11
No. 7. Dance of Friendship (Men's) * (00:02:21)
12
No. 8. Dance of a Mountain Girl * (00:02:05)
13
No. 9. Dance of Farewell (Women's) * (00:02:14)
14
No. 10. Masker's Dance (Men's) * (00:02:17)
15
No. 11. Circular Dance (Joint) * (00:02:27)
16
No. 12. Festive Dance (Men's) * (00:01:43)
 
Piano Pieces, Series 1 (1918) (00:19:00 )
17
No. 1. Naz-Par * (00:02:29)
18
No. 2. Fairy Tale * (00:03:18)
19
No. 3. Sketch in B Minor * (00:01:43)
20
No. 4. Watercolor * (00:01:05)
21
No. 5. Smooth Dance * (00:01:33)
22
No. 6. Lullaby * (00:01:57)
23
No. 7. Maiden Dance * (00:01:45)
24
No. 8. Boots-Dragonfly * (00:00:41)
25
No. 9. Dance in A-Flat Major * (00:01:32)
26
No. 10. Sketch in D Minor * (00:02:30)
 
Piano Pieces, Series 2 (1923) (00:22:00 )
27
No. 1. Scherzo * (00:03:01)
28
No. 2. Circular Dance in B Minor * (00:02:51)
29
No. 3. Gulnara's Dance * (00:01:06)
30
No. 4. Nanochka's Dance * (00:01:16)
31
No. 5. Anoush's Sorrow * (00:02:13)
32
No. 6. Prelude in D Minor * (00:00:54)
33
No. 7. Prelude in D-Sharp Minor * (00:01:01)
34
No. 8. Nocturne * (00:04:08)
35
No. 9. Sketch in A Major * (00:02:43)
36
No. 10. Lullaby of Shushani * (00:02:41)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:12:12

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.

Reviews

“More power to percipient pianist Mikael Ayrapetyan in ceaselessly developing the already wide compass of his Secrets of Armenia music project. We should also be thankful to Grand Piano for supporting Ayrapetyan’s quest. It can only be to the good that we get the opportunity to hear so much unknown music.” – MusicWeb International