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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.
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.
I would have given this album five stars, but for the modern instruments. Some of the songs date back to the early days of Christian chant, while others are less than one hundred... Read morePublished 24 months ago by S. E. Bradfield
The music is wonderful and haunting even though I don't understand a word of it. As good as any Gregorian chants I have heard.Published 24 months ago by H. Donabedian