Komitas - Divine Liturgy | Delos DE3590

Komitas - Divine Liturgy

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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE3590

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th July 2020

Contents

Artists

Latvian Radio Choir
Armen Badalyan (tenor)
Hovhannes Nersesyan (bass)

Conductor

Sigvards Klava

Works

Vardapet, Komitas (Soghomon Soghomonian)

Divine Liturgy (arr. Vache Sharafyan for mixed choir)

Artists

Latvian Radio Choir
Armen Badalyan (tenor)
Hovhannes Nersesyan (bass)

Conductor

Sigvards Klava

About

A wonderful “concert version” of the revered Komitas Divine Liturgy! Here the great Komitas work is transformed into a “concert mass” in the first-ever recording of this appealing mixed choir version.

This version for mixed choir was beautifully arranged and edited by the brilliant Armenian composer Vache Sharafyan. In his arrangement, the added colours of female voices increase the beauty of the work. This version is also “concert length”, which means that it is appropriately shorter – and more accessible – than the original.

The Latvian Radio Choir, under its remarkable conductor Sigvards Klava, is a unique, award-winning ensemble called “One of the world’s greatest choirs” by The Advertiser and “A great musical power” by the Washington Post.

The accompanying booklet offers much interesting commentary, Komitas’s own autobiography, Armenian texts and transliterations, and translations into English.

Reviews

The final impression of this Armenian-Latvian collaboration is overwhelmingly positive. It is a new vision of Komitas’s work, and will certainly bring it to new audiences. The choir’s performance, under Sigvards Kļava’s sure direction, is outstanding, and the contributions of both Armen Badalyan as deacon and Hovhannes Nersesyan as priest are everything that one would expect.  Ivan Moody
Gramophone Awards 2020

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