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The Music of Armenia, Volume 1: Sacred Choral Music
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
The Music of Armenia focuses much of its six volumes on the sacred and folk music traditions of the Eastern Armenians. It was recorded mostly within the modern republic. The only exception was the folk music of the disp... more »
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The Music of Armenia focuses much of its six volumes on the sacred and folk music traditions of the Eastern Armenians. It was recorded mostly within the modern republic. The only exception was the folk music of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which was recorded inside that strife-torn area in Azerbaijan. The Music of Armenia, as substantial as it is, in fact began as a musical detour. The intrepid New Zealand composer, David Parsons, who has previously produced The Music of Cambodia and The Music of Vietnam was working on another project for Celestial Harmonies entitled, The Music of Islam, when Celestial Harmonies' president, Eckart Rahn, asked if he had heard the monastic choirs of Armenia. Parsons set off to investigate: once there, he says, "I was struck by the extremely high level of development in all the music I was hearing. For me, personally, this was the most outstanding traditional music I had heard."The recent explosion of interest in Gregorian Chant and in the mystical music of various, mostly Eastern European composers, suggests that there is something in modern Western life that has listeners searching for the ancient, or, perhaps timeless sounds, of sacred music. The sacred choral music heard on The Music of Armenia, Volume One: Sacred Choral Music certainly fits the bill.
Absolutely wonderful and a source of delight
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like choral music this album will blow your mind out. If you thought that Palastrina or Tallis were good,just wait until you hear Komitas (esp. #1) or Petrosian's the Armenian Church.This album takes you through 1700 years of music, from the start of the church as official in 301 (or 312 if you're an historian)through to very recent works. This is a living tradition which is unfortunately not well knowm in the west. I hope this album - and its companions - will generate interest in this musical tradition.If you want to take a risk and buy something you're not quite sure of (and we all do it - and make the odd mistake) - BUY this and you will never regret it. It is Wonderful."
I WISH I WAS RELIGIOUS...AND ARMENIAN!
John Grunwell | Washington, D.C. | 02/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an amazing CD. Totally totally amazing. It's as though Palestrina took a vacation in Iran. I listen to this CD whenever I need spine-tingling artistic inspiration. My very favorite selection is #8, Sirt im Sasani, or "My Heart is Trembling." Prepare for a full kundalini awakening of the musical variety. Highly recommended. Buy it today. The other CDs in this series are top-notch too, but nothing compares to this one. Spread the word..."