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The Music of Armenia, Volume 3: Duduk
Gevorg Dabagian
The Music of Armenia, Volume 3: Duduk
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
 
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After two volumes of vocal music drawn largely from the sacred/classical tradition, The Music of Armenia, Volume Three may seem like a complete departure. This is after all, a collection devoted to traditional/folk musi...  more »

      
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All Artists: Gevorg Dabagian
Title: The Music of Armenia, Volume 3: Duduk
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Label: Celestial Harmonies
Release Date: 7/23/1996
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
Styles: Traditional Folk, Europe, Eastern Europe, By Decade, 1990s
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013711311723

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After two volumes of vocal music drawn largely from the sacred/classical tradition, The Music of Armenia, Volume Three may seem like a complete departure. This is after all, a collection devoted to traditional/folk music for the wind instrument known as the duduk. But as is so often the case with Armenian music, there are long-standing connections between these apparently distinct styles. Not only are the traditions of Armenian classical and folk music intertwined, with their common roots in ancient bardic and epic songs, but some songs from the medieval sacred repertoire have recently made their way into the duduk players' arsenal as well, like Vasn mero perkutian (track 15), in part due to the playing of Gevorg Dabagian. And the duduk's soft, reedy sound has an almost vocal quality that makes it nearly as songful and soulful as the voices heard in the first two volumes.Of all the instruments played in Armenia, the duduk is perhaps the most truly Armenian. Other traditional instruments can all be traced back to ancestoral instruments from the Arabic world, but the duduk appears to be specific to Armenia. Small wonder, then, that many Armenians consider the duduk to be the instrument that most eloquently expresses the warmth, the joy, and the tragedy of Armenia.Many of these pieces are simply instrumental transcriptions of what were originally vocal works. Others are old melodies that have come to be associated with the duduk; if they had words originally, they have long been lost. And some of the pieces come from one of Armenia's most unusual sources of music: the troubadour/poets known as ashugh.

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Amazing
samsetyan | N. Hollywood, CA United States | 04/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My dad first introduced me to duduk. This is an amazing cd, filled with enchanting melodies that soothe the spirit. Great listening for doing work, homework, etc... I find myself listening to this cd no matter what I'm doing."
Duduk: The soul of Armenian music
Kathryn VanHulzen | Los Angeles, CA | 10/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are looking for a window to the Armenian soul, listen to the duduk. Its haunting, sorrowful tones capture the tragedy of its people, scattered across the globe, separated by time and place but connected through a shared longing for their homeland. The songs on this CD come to life in the hands of a master musician. It is one of the best collections I've heard."
An excellent study
Selfsame | Denver, CO | 12/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Gevorg Dabhagyan's performance, always amazing, shines on this CD. His duduk performance is ripe with melismas lending emotion to the technical perfection of his playing. Accompanied by dhol at times for dances and at other times only the dham duduk, this is a great survey of Armenian Duduk music."