Stepanian - 26 Preludes for Piano | Grand Piano GP760

Stepanian - 26 Preludes for Piano


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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP760

Barcode: 0747313976027

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th June 2017



Described by Aram Khachaturian as ‘the greatest Soviet Armenian composer,’ Haro Stepanian (1887-1966) followed the pioneering efforts of composers such as Komitas in establishing a strong national voice for Armenian music. He composed three symphonies, operatic works, numerous songs, chamber pieces, and works for piano. Building on the models of Chopin, Rachmaninov and fellow Armenians such as Komitas and Tigranian, the 26 varied and sharply contrasting Preludes are exquisite folk-influenced miniatures suffused with sadness, poetic contemplation, the natural world and scenes of Armenian life.

Mikael Ayrapetyan was born in 1984 in Yerevan, Armenia, where he had his early schooling. His repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and includes rarely performed works of Armenian composers whose music had not until then been performed. He is actively engaged in the popularisation of Armenian classical music, organising concerts in major concert-halls of the world, and acting as producer, artistic director and pianist for these performances.

‘Mikael Ayrapetyan’s assured technique and natural flair for his countryman’s aesthetic result in performances that effortlessly fuse poetic nuance and high-octane virtuosity. … Well worth hearing.’ – on Abramian Preludes (GP665)

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