The Komitas Legacy: Armenian Piano Trios | Toccata Next TOCN0006

The Komitas Legacy: Armenian Piano Trios


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Label: Toccata Next

Cat No: TOCN0006

Barcode: 5060640070066

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 19th June 2020



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’s own folksong arrangements.

Toccata Next maintains the spirit of discovery of Toccata Classics: interesting programmes of generally unknown music, and from as wide a catchment area – geographically, historically, stylistically – as possible. But Toccata Next has a more catholic policy on repertoire, free from the Toccata Classics policy of presenting one composer at a time. Like its parent label, though, Toccata Next generally presents first recordings – of fascinating music you won’t find anywhere else.

Trio Aeternus:
- Alexander Stewart (violin)
- Varoujan Bartikian (cello)
- João Paulo Santos (piano)

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