Aprikian, Komitas - Mayrig: To Armenian Mothers | Alpha ALPHA947

Aprikian, Komitas - Mayrig: To Armenian Mothers


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA947

Barcode: 3760014199479

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 28th April 2023



In 1906, Komitas gave a concert and lecture in Paris. Debussy came on stage after the concert and knelt before the Armenian composer (who was also a priest, a singer and a pioneer of ethnomusicology), exclaiming: ‘I bow before your genius, Reverend Father.’

‘Komitas is the voice of the land of Armenia, of its churches and its stones which remained silent for many centuries’, the violinist David Haroutunian tells us. Along with the mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik, who is passionate about these songs, and the pianist Xénia Maliarevitch, he pays tribute to this great musician and to the French-Armenian composer Garbis Aprikian, now ninety-six years old. This heir to Komitas, a student of Olivier Messiaen, has made a major contribution to the dissemination of Armenian music, both classical and popular, in France and beyond. The album opens with his Lamento, a beautiful evocation of and touching homage to Komitas.


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