Isabel Bayrakdarian – Mother of Light: Armenian hymns and chants in praise of Mary (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/ 192 kHz | Time – 01:01:56 minutes | 2,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Digital Booklet | © Delos
Soprano sorceress Isabel Bayrakdarian, acclaimed internationally for her glittering accomplishments on both stage and screen, presents – in this hypnotically alluring album of Armenian sacred music – a more spiritual aspect of her multifaceted musical persona.
Isabel conceived this project as a heartfelt gift to God for sparing the life of her mother, and the entire album is very much a “family affair.” Her husband arranged the pieces, her brother plays the ceremonial percussion instruments, and her two sisters join her to form a vocal trio in several tracks.
This spellbinding music – scored variously for solo and ensemble voices, cello and women’s choir – will take its fortunate listeners on a deeply spiritual and meditative journey of the soul.
01. Pourvarov Tapor (Censer procession) (00:13)
02. Baghdasar Tbir (1683-1768). Zartir Nazeli (Arise, Graceful One) (for voice and cello) (04:27)
03. Anonymous (medieval). Khngi Dzarin (Frankincense Tree) (for voice and choir) (03:52)
04. Ara Bartevian (1902-1986). Mayr Yev Gouys (Immaculate Mother) (for voice, choir and cello) (02:58)
05. Hampartsoum Limondjian (1768-1839). Hamemad Kez (Incomparable One) (for voice and cello) (04:57)
06. Anonymous (medieval). Varaneem (Burdened with Sins) (for voice and choir) (04:36)
07. Avedis Kez Mariyam (Good Tidings to You, Mary) (for voice, choir and percussion) (04:35)
08. St. Gregory of Nareg (951- 1003). Aghers ar Diramayr (Plea to Mother of God) (for 3 voices, cello and percussion) (05:06)
09. Diramayrn (Mother of the Lord) (for voice and choir) (02:50)
10. Anonymous (medieval). Badjar yev Sgizpn (Cause and Origin) (for voice and percussion) (03:48)
11. Movses Khorenatsi (410-490). Zandjareli Looso Mayr (Mother of Light) (for voice, choir and percussion) (02:39)
12. Sharaganner (Sharagans from Holy Week) (for voice and choir) (02:47)
13. Gomidas Vartabed (1869-1935). Asdvadzadzin Yergnayin (Divine Mother of God) (for choir, cello and percussion) (01:30)
14. Anonymous (medieval). Zgousoutyount Ko (O Pure God Bearer) (for 3 voices and percussion) (01:26)
15. St. Nerses Shnorhali (1102-1173). Aysor Joghovyal (The Saints Are Gathered) (for voice and choir) (02:52)
16. Vartan Areveltsi (1198-1271). Antaram Dzaghig (Eternal Flower) (for voice, choir, cello and percussion) (02:57)
17. Anonymous. Panin Hor (Word of the Father) [18th-19th century] (for voice and cello) (04:10)
18. Oor es Mayr Im (Where Are You, My Mother?) [18th-19th century] (for 3 voices, choir and cello) (06:16)