Alexander Arutunian: Cantata of the Motherland (1948)
Composer: Alexander Grigorevich Arutiunian (Arm. Ալեքսանդր Գրիգորի Հարությունյան), also known as Arutunian, Arutyunyan, Arutjunjan or Harutiunian (23 September 1920 – 28 March 2012) was a Soviet and Armenian composer and pianist, Professor of Yerevan State Conservatory (1977), widely-known particularly for his Trumpet concerto described as flashy by the New York Times. He was awarded by the Stalin Prize (1949) and State Prize of Armenia (1970), People’s Artist of the USSR (1970) and Armenian SSR (1964) honorary titles, Aram Khachaturian Prize (1986), “St Mesrop Mashtots” and “Khorenatsi” Armenian medals, “Alexandrov” Gold medal (1976), the Orpheus Award (Kentucky, USA) and “St Sahak and St Mesrop” Order by Holy Etchmiadzin (2004). (ref.Wikipedia)
Composition: Cantata about the Motherland for soloist, choir and symphony orchestra in 5 movements (words by Ashot Grashi and Sarmen). (1948)
Orchestra: The Moscow Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra,
Vladimir Fedoseyev conductor.
Soloists: Irina Konstantinovna Arkhipova (2 January 1925 – 11 February 2010) was a
Russian mezzo-soprano, and later contralto, opera singer.
Oleg Klenov, bass
Cover Art: Photography by Karen Jenderedjian
Sculpture of Saint Mesrop Mashtots, artist unknown.
Saint Mesrop Mashtots (also Mesrob, Mashtotz, Armenian: Մեսրոպ Մաշտոց) (361 or 362 – February 17, 440) was an Armenian monk, theologian and linguist. He is best known for having invented the Armenian alphabet, which was a fundamental step in strengthening the Armenian Church, the government of the Armenian Kingdom, and ultimately the bond between the Armenian Kingdom and Armenians living in the Byzantine Empire and the Persian Empire. He is also known for his contribution to inventions of Georgian and Caucasian Albanian alphabets. (ref.Wikipedia)