IAN KROUSE (b.1956): Armenian Requiem, Op. 66.
Catalogue Number: 04U057
Description: Composed to mark the centenary of the genocide of 1915, the Armenian Requiem is a large-scale sacred work structured around the liturgical chants encountered in requiem services appended to the traditional Armenian Mass. It is written in a form that, uniquely for the music of the country, is not based wholly on the model of the Latin Mass. Instead, taking the precedent of Britten’s War Requiem, Krouse embeds poems as interludes, and his work - a poignant meditation on loss couched in a marriage of Western and Armenian forms - offers both conciliation and hope. 2 CDs. Texts and translations available online. Shoushik Barsoumian (soprano), Garineh Avakian (mezzo), Yeghishe Manucharyan (tenor), Vladimir Chernov (baritone), Ruben Harutyunyan (duduk), Jens Lindemann, Bobby Rodriguez (trumpets), Christoph Bull (organ), VEM String Quartet, Tziatzan Children’s Choir, Lark Master Singers, UCLA Philharmonia; Neal Stulberg.