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listen  1. Aravot lousaber - Ascending lightHaissmavourk Choir 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Aysor dzainen - Hymn for the blessing of the waterHaissmavourk Choir 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bats mez ter - Open for usKarineh Avetissian 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hayrapetakan maghtan - Prayer to the patriachHaissmavourk Choir 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Yekyalks - We are gatheredHaissmavourk Choir 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Hyer mer - The Lord's PrayerHaissmavourk Choir 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Havoun havoun - About the birdArtsvik Demourchian 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sirt im sasani - My heart is tremblingHaissmavourk Choir 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Yerg votnlvai (1) - Hymn for the washing of the feetHaissmavourk Choir 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ov zarmanali - What a miracle, Hymn for blessing the waterHaissmavourk Choir 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Hreshtakayin - Hagiological hymnNaira Abrahamian 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Metsatsoustseh - Synaxical hymnHaissmavourk Choir0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Yerg votnlvai (2) - Hymn for the washing of the feetHaissmavourk Choir 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Hayr arakogh - Hymn for the feast of the ApostlesHaissmavourk Choir 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Our es myer im - Where are you, my mother, Chant of CrucifixionArtsvik Demourchian 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Khachi ko Ktistos - To Christ's cross, Hymn of exaltationHaissmavourk Choir 8:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Yekeghetsin haikakan - The Armenian Church, Hymn of the great entranceHaissmavourk Choir 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Marmin terounakan (1) - The Lord's body, Hymn of the great entranceHaissmavourk Choir 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Chanapar - The way, Hymn for the sunrise officeHaissmavourk Choir 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. EchmiadzinJasmine Danielian 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Varanimk - Melody for the Feast of AssumptionJasmine Danielian 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Marmin terounakan (2) - The Lord's bodyJasmine Danielian 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Bashkheh zharmin - Chant of CommunionJasmine Danielian0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Ter voghormya - God forgive us, Chant of supplicationKarineh Avetissian 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 3, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Celestial Harmonies
  • ASIN: B0000007YD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

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.

About the Artist

The choir performing on The Music of Armenia, Volume One: Sacred Choral Music is the Haissmavourk of Gtoutiun, A.B.U., or, in English, Haissmavourk of Charity. The A.B.U. designation refers to the American Benevolent Union, a private American trust at work in Armenia. The choir, which performs, and is famous throughout Armenia, was created in 1990 and only sings sacred music.

The choir's musical director, Mihran Ghazelian was born in Beirut, but had his musical education in Armenia. He is also the musical director and conductor of the Echmiadzin Cathedral. He is both a conductor and musicologist and has toured as conductor of Armenian choirs in Canada and England.

Ghazelian is also a graduate of the Komitas State Conservatory, Yerevan. The conservatory's namesake, Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935), was the arranger of many of the tracks on The Music of Armenia, Volume One: Sacred Choral Music as well as many tracks on the other five volumes. Armenian music has it roots in Eastern traditions and is not bound by the rules of Western music. Komitas had the idea of making this music polyphonic and subsequently arranged hundreds of folk songs that he collected from the villages.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
Format: Audio CD
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Grunwell on February 24, 2003
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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...
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By Early Music Fan on December 16, 2013
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Lovely voices, haunting melodies. If you are a fan of early music or religious music this is a great addition to your collection.
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