sm-logo.gif (9387 bytes)
PHOENIX CDS OTHER CATALOG SHOPPING CART CONTACT US ABOUT US LINKS HOME



side.gif (1080 bytes)

Richard Yardumian ARMENIAN SUITE/SYMPHONY NO.2 - PHCD112

line2.jpg (1570 bytes)
Richard Yardumian Armenian Suite
Symphony No. 2 (Psalms)
line2.jpg (1570 bytes)
The Utah Symphony Orchestra Armenian Suite
Varujan Kojian, conductor Symphony No. 2 (Psalms)
Lili Chookasian, contralto
line2.jpg (1570 bytes)
For those who don't know Richard Yardumian's music, he was a composer of Armenian ancestry, long resident in Philadelphia. Those who like the music of Alan Hovhaness will probably be attracted here, though the music is somewhat more straightforward and less exotic than that of Hovhaness.

"The Armenian Suite", as you might expect, is based heavily on Armenian folk themes. It is great fun to listen to it. The symphony began life as a single-movement setting of Psalm 130. It later grew to include a second movement with this text being written specifically for Lili Chookasian.

This CD is a reissue of Varese Sarabande 704130, reviewed by John Ditsky in Fanfare 7:5. His comments give extensive background to previous recordings, none now available, which I won't repeat.

This is the only recording of the 1981 revision of the symphony, so there hasn't been any competition in that respect. The complaint that Ditsky had about pressing quality doesn't apply here and his questions regarding balance (he said that the orchestra drowned Chookasian) seem to have improved, for I am satisfied on that score. Kojian gives a sympathetic reading of both works. Chookasian is effective, but her voice was beginning to show some strains most notably in too much vibrato when under stress. The Varese Sarabande recording seems to be clean and well balanced. The notes and texts are, I suspect, reprinted from the original. Recommended.

John Bauman, Fanfare Magazine

line2.jpg (1570 bytes)
Audio Sample Description: Richard Yardumian ARMENIAN SUITE "Finale"


line2.jpg (1570 bytes)

DOWNLOAD LINER NOTES  DOWNLOAD AUDIO FILES

ORDER CDPLAY AUDIOHOMEPHOENIX USA!

All Audio Samples are Presented in Real Audio





Phoenix USA
200 Winston Drive - Cliffside Park - New Jersey 07010
Phone: 201 224-8318  Fax: 201 224-7968  E-Mail: Sales@Phoenixcd.com