World Classical Music
The show presents the masterpieces of classics in performance of distinguished musicians, as well as provides comprehensive information about the lives and works of composers and performers, their role and influence on further development of classical music.
This episode is dedicated to the prominent conductor and teacher Mikayel Maluntsyan. "Mikayel Maluntsyan is a musician with great erudition, and a first-class conductor," said Aram Khachaturian. While Jean Ter-Merguerian admitted that "playing with Mikayel Maluntsyan is happiness."
Komitas, By the Rivers of Babylon
The episode is dedicated to Komitas's cantata written on the basis of Psalm 137, which he created while studying at the Berlin Conservatory. The Psalm describes the tragedy of the Jews captured in Babylon, which was in tune with the state of Komitas’s spirit that was shaken by the 1896 Van massacre.
Richard Strauss, Salome
This episode is dedicated to the Opera "Salome" by Richard Strauss, which, according to Romain Rolland, is a "monstrous masterpiece." The opera reflects the beheading of John the Baptist at the request of Salome and by order of King Herod, and the subsequent events.
Johann Sebastian Bach, St. John Passion
This episode illustrates the idea, drama, and structure of St. John Passion by Bach, and deciphers the symbols found in it, thus contributing to a deeper understanding of this work.
Johann Sebastian Bach, The Organ Booklet
This episode presents "The Organ Booklet" by Bach—a collection of polyphonic arrangements of religious songs. According to A. Schweitzer, it is one of the greatest achievements of the entire music world, a dictionary of Bach's musical language, and a key to understand his art.
Myths оf Karol Szymanowski
This episode presents "Myths: Three Poems for Violin and Piano" by Szymanowski. The plot of this musical series is taken from Ovid's poem "Metamorphoses." The problems of the embodiment of nature and mythological images in music are also discussed.
Based on Johann Goethe's "West-Eastern Divan," this issue of the program explores the influence of Persian poetry on Western poetry. The host presents and analyzes F. Schubert’s and I. Brahms’ songs composed to Hafiz's words, and shows the importance of the mission of art and culture in the reconciliation and harmony of the East and the West.
The episode is dedicated to the life and work of Frédéric Chopin. It also touches upon the tragic nature of his work, which is expressed by the ruffles of the musician's shattered soul and yearning heart.
Georg Friedrich Handel (Part II)
The second part of this episode covers the London period of Handel's life and work, when his ascent in the genres of oratorio and opera took place. The host continues to draw parallels between Handel and Bach, and notes Handel's influence on other composers.
Georg Friedrich Handel (Part I)
The first part of this episode is dedicated to the life and work of Handel, his activities in Germany, Italy, and England, and to the period of creation of his first operas and oratorios. Parallels are drawn between Handel and Bach.
In Memory of An Angel
This episode is dedicated to the Violin Concerto by Alban Berg, the lord of “wonderful, stunning and phenomenal sound combinations” (Stravinsky).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Part II)
The second part of this episode is dedicated to the life and work of Mozart. It uses excerpts from the treatises on Mozart by famous musicologists that reveal the features of this genius’s world view and character. Those features are embodied in the images of the characters created by him.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Part I)
The first part of this episode presents Mozart as a herald of the revival of national consciousness and as an innovator who “exploded” the stereotypes of opera and other genres and who moved the “epicenter” of classical music from Italy to Germany.
Maestro Aram Gharabekyan
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Aram Gharabekyan, the artistic director and conductor of the State Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. It highlights his active work in Armenia and the Diaspora, and his role in raising the quality level of the Orchestra and in contributing to the international reputation of Armenia.
Prophesy and Art (Part II)
In this part, parallels are drawn between biblical prophets and the artists, poets and philosophers of modern times, whose visions and works picture the fate and future of the entire humanity.
Prophecy and Art (Part I)
The first part of the episode presents the artist as a prophet, who is endowed with abilities to receive the word of the Creator and convey it to mankind, to unite the world with love as well as to predict the impending disasters and to sober people, to lift them up and to direct their eyes to heaven and eternity.