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Rural and Urban Traditional Music from Armenia
House of the Cultures of the World
Product number: SM 15052
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This recording from the Caucasus Festival (House of Cultures, Berlin, 1991) offers an overwhelming impression of the artful expressive power of Armenian music. Solo songs alternate with instrumental music, expressive melodies with boisterous dances. Most of the instruments - like the beguilingly soft-sounding, oboelike duduk and its nasal sister, the zurna - are known only in Armenia. The extensive booklet contains an informed discussion of the history of this rich musical culture, the musicians, and the works. The CD was awarded the Quarterly German Record Critics' Award!


Medieval Lamentation
Folk Dances from Alashkert
Urban Folk Songs
Folk Dance Melodies from Taron
Easter Ritual Song
Folk Dance Melodies from Abaran
Threshing Song
The Prince of Moks
Pastoral Melody
Na, na, na
You Are Like a Siren
Your Strong Intelect
Dance Melody
Two Dances: Twelve Steps and Kotchari

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Rural and Urban Traditional Music from Armenia
House of the Cultures of the World
Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble Erevan / Ensemble Kalashyan
70 ′47 ′′

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SM 15052
0,13 kg

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