TIGRAN CHUKHAJIAN (1837-1898): Impromptu in B Flat Minor “Cascade de Couz”, Danse caratéristique in A Minor “L’Orientale”, Grande Valse Fantastique in A Minor “Illusions”, Caprice in E Minor “La lyre orientale”, Tarantelle in B Flat Minor, Mazurka de salon “Mignon”, Une gavotte de plus in E Flat, Polka in F “La gaité”, Proti Polka in G, Funeral March in D Minor, Fantaisies orientales Nos. 1 and 2 “Sur des motifs Turcs”.
Catalogue Number: 03W047
Label: Grand Piano
Description: Chukhajian is highly significant in the history of Armenian music: he was the first composer to combine Western and Eastern cultures, and was referred to as the ‘Armenian Verdi’ amongst his contemporaries. Persecution under the repressive Ottoman Turkish regime led to his music being suppressed, but these piano works are a sophisticated testament to Chukhajian’s Romantic inclinations, absorbing the influences of Chopin and Liszt, and enriching them with Oriental nuances and descriptive themes. Mikael Arapetyan (piano).