|Pianist Hrant Bagrazyan|
|Professor Igor Yavryan|
The house was completely full, even with the necessity of adding several extra chairs to the rows in order to fit everyone who showed up for the performance. This is not surprising considering the high quality of the performance given.
The stunning program consisted of Komitas' Six Dances, Johannes Brahms' Sonata No. 3 Op. 5 in f minor, Arno Babajanian's Six Pictures, and Maurice Ravel's Reflections.
Brahms' Piano Sonata No. 3 Op. 5 in f minor was written in 1853 and is exceptionally large for a sonata because of its five movements. Brahms was heavily influenced by the grandiose composer Ludvig Van Beethoven, to the extent that allusions to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony are heard in Brahms' first, third, and fourth movements of his sonata. Brahms dedicated his sonata to Countess Ida von Hohenthal of Leipzig, and the composer was merely 20 years old when he composed it.
Babajanian composed Six Pictures for Piano
in 1965. "In addition to being a brilliant teacher, he was an ethnomusicologist, who imbued his students with a love for their native folk-music" (naxos.com), and most of his compositions very cleary project their Armenian folk-music influence.
Maurice Ravel composed his Miroirs suite between the years of 1904 and 1906. In 1900, he joined a group of young and innovative artists, poets, critics, and musicians, called Les Apaches. Ricardo Viñes, the first performer of Miroirs in 1906, called his fellow "artistic outcasts" "hooligans". Each of the five movements are dedicated to a member of the club. Nocteilles (Moths) in D-flat Major is dedicated to Léon-Paul Fague; Oiseaux tristes (sad birds) in E-flat minor is dedicated to Ricardo Viñes; Une barque sur l'ocean (About on the Ocean) in F-sharp minor is dedicated to Paul Sordes and is considered the most difficult piece; Alborada del gracioso (The Jester's Aubade) in D minor/major is dedicated to Michel-Dimitri Calvocoressi; and La vallée des cloche (The Valley of Bells) in C-sharp minor is dedicated to Maurice Delage.
|Photos from the recital|
PC: Ana Amirkhanyan