To celebrate the launch of their first album, the Akhtamar Quartet will perform a repertoire of pieces from the East and the West at the Boghossian Foundation.
Written in D minor, its requiem’s tone sombre and melancholy, the String Quartet No. 15 is one of Mozart’s most touching.
With rural, naive or ritualistic melodies, ballads, epic chants, and songs of travellers, Komitas’ Miniatures, arranged by Aslamazyan, tell the stories of Armenia’s mountains, trees, birds and its sun, but also of its men, of work in the fields, of celebrations, of lovers’ sighs and crepuscular nostalgia.
Eugénie Alécian transcends cultures with her composition, conceived in 2016, Un Quatuor Arménien. Her piece tells the story of a country, which, despite being devastated by the 1988 Armenian earthquake, has never stopped singing and dancing, and gives us hope – that of a daughter of parents in exile, who returns to her country and recognises herself there.