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Gomidas Songs CD, Isabel Bayrakdarian
by: Isabel Bayrakdarian
Gomidas Songs CD, Isabel Bayrakdarian
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Although the pieces performed in Gomidas Songs by the internationally acclaimed, Canadian-based soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian are sung entirely in Armenian, they cast a powerful spell long before their literal meaning has been gleaned.

On this disc, Bayrakdarian explores the legacy of Gomidas Vartabed, a well traveled, turn-of-the-century Armenian composer who made it his life's work to seek out, transcribe and reinterpret the ancient liturgy, songs, lullabies, hymns and folk dances of his homeland. His work would have been remarkable under any circumstance, but it has become all the more significant in light of the Armenian genocide of 1915, which left him emotionally devastated and put an end to his life as a composer.

Gomidas Songs contains love songs, devotional songs, evocations of nature, children's songs and comic songs. It was recorded at the Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall in Yerevan, Armenia with Chamber Players of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. All the songs were arranged and orchestrated by scholar and pianist, Serouj Kradjian--her concert partner and husband.

20 tracks:
1. Oror (Lullaby)
2. Gakayi Yerke (Song of the Partridge)
3. Manoogneroo Hayr Mer (Children's Prayer)
4. Verginkn Ambel E (The Cloudy Sky)/Antsrevn Yegav (It's Raining)
5. Dzirani Dzar (Apricot Tree)
6. Karoun (Spring)
7. Alakyaz (Mount Alakyaz)/Khngi Dzar (Incense Tree)
8. Unabi (Dance of the Unabi)
9. Shooshigi (Dance of the Shooshig)
10. Keler Tsoler (Strolling, Beaming)
11. Hoy Nazan (Oh, Nazan)/ Shakhgr Shookhgr (Jingle Jangle)
12. Akh, Maral jan (Ah, Dear Maral)
13. Kele Kele (Strolling)
14. Chinar Es (Tall as a Poplar Tree)
15. Chem Grna Khagha (I Cannot Dance)
16. Evroom Em (I'm Burning with Love)/ Shogher Jan (Dear Shogher)
17. Voh Inch Kaghtsr Pan (Oh, What A Delight!)
18. Groung (Crane)
19. Andouni (Without a Home)
20. Dzayn Door Ov Dzovag (Call to the Sea)

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