The Komitas Legacy: Armenian Piano Trios

Catalogue No: TOCN0006
EAN/UPC: 5060640070066
Release Date: 2020-06-19
Composer: Ardashes Agoshian, Arno Babajanian, Komitas, Nina Grigoryan, Varoujan Bartikian
Artists: Trio Aeternus

Soghomon Soghomonian (1869–1935) took the name Komitas (or Gomidas) when he was ordained a priest in 1894; a year later he became Komitas Vardapet (doctor of theology) – one of the two names by which he is known to history. The other is ‘father of Armenian music’, since he collected thousands of songs from his compatriots, his fieldwork preserving and identifying the accent which makes the works of Armenian composers readily identifiable – as these piano trios prove: one twentieth-century classic and three new works, one of which completes the circle by recasting six of Komitas’ own folksong arrangements.

Trio Aeternus
Alexander Stewart, violin
Varoujan Bartikian, cello
João Paulo Santos, piano

*First recordings

    Arno Babajanian: Piano Trio in F sharp minor (1952)

  1. I Largo
  2. II Andante
  3. III Allegro vivace
  4. (Soghomon Soghomonian) Komitas – Six Armenian Miniatures* arranged (2016) for piano trio by Varoujan Bartikian

  5. Shogher jan
  6. Chinar es
  7. Hov arek
  8. Krunk
  9. Dzayn tour, ov tsovak
  10. Kele kele
  11. Nina Grigoryan: Aeternus* (2018)

  12. I Andante maestoso
  13. II Allegro con brio
  14. III Andante spiritoso
  15. Ardashes Agoshian: Piano Trio, Homage to Komitas* (2017)

  16. I Broken Bells –
  17. II Broken Dance –
  18. III Possession (Shamanioso) –
  19. IV Deus Internus –
  20. V Broken Dance 2 –
  21. VI Sitie (‘Thirst’)


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