Choral & Orchestral Music
SIRVART KARAMANUK Choral & Orchestral Music TROY478 - Price: $16.99
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Exotic works for chorus and orchestra by one of Armenia's best known women composers.

Armenian composer Sirvart Kalpakian Karamanuk was born in Istanbul in 1912. She studied at the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory, graduating in 1939. Her first compositions, written in the 1940s, were for the piano. She gradually broadened her musical interests, composing numerous art songs, choral works, large-scale compositions for chorus and orchestra as well as chamber works and arrangements of liturgical chants. Like many composers of the Armenian diaspora, Karamanuk's creative concerns focus on maintaining a link with Armenian church music and folk song and absorbing the classical traditions of Armenian culture. In molding her own musical language, Karamanuk borrows from Armenian oral tradition. This recording of her songs includes a cantata and was the first large-scale setting of poems by Armenian poet Bedros Turian.
Contents:
Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
For the Girl in Love
Komitas Chamber Choir, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
Ani
Komitas Chamber Choir, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
You Don't Complain about the Tears
Komitas Chamber Choir, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
The Hard Year
Komitas Chamber Choir, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
The Song of Bedros Turian
Komitas Chamber Choir with the Opera Studio Symphony Orchestra, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
Love
Komitas Chamber Choir, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
Do Not Fear, Little Flock
Komitas Chamber Choir, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
Holy Keghart
Komitas Chamber Choir, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
My Heart Wide as the Sky
Komitas Chamber Choir, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
Harvesting
Komitas Chamber Choir, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Sirvart Karamanuk, composer
Achtamar
Komitas Chamber Choir with the Opera Studio Symphony Orchestra, Hovhannes Mirzoyan, conductor

Review:
"Sirvart Karamanuk may have been born in Istambul...but her music wears her Armenian ancestry on its sleeve. ...her countreymen have been singing her melodies with pride for well over half a century. ...This is a program that goes beyond melody, harmony and choral technique. As you listen to Sirvart Karamanuk's music, a national souli s bared in the bargain." (American Record Guide)
 
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