NIKOGHAYOS TIGRANIAN (1856-1951): 11 Armenian Folk Dances, Bayati-Kurd, Op. 2, Bayati-Shiraz, Op. 3, Heydari, Op. 5, Shakhnaz, Op. 6, Nouruz Arabi, Op. 10 (First Recordings).
Catalogue Number: 05U043
Label: Grand Piano
Description: Tigranian belongs to the first generation of composers and folk song collectors who laid the foundation of an Armenian national style. Tigranian’s piano transcriptions of folk dances are perhaps his most important legacy, emulating folk instruments and capturing and preserving colorful depictions of Armenian folk life that are simple in texture and rich with harmonic and melodic detail but interests also extended to Persian improvisational vocal-instrumental poems or mugams whose examples take up the second half of this album. Mikael Ayrapetyan (piano).