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Armenian Music Through the Ages

Richard Hagopian Audio CD

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another disc that helped open the world for me 13 April 2003
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the cd that introduced me to the fantastic Hagopians, both Richard (oud, vocals) and his son Harold ( kanun, violin). It's Richard's name on the album but do not overlook his brilliant son. Richard and Harold are easily one of the best "father & son" sets of musicians in the world today. This disc also has Hagop Jack Zarzatian on dumbeg.
I agree with the previous reviewers take on Richard being one of the worlds best oud players, but considering that some of the other oud players she/he mentioned are dead, I think that makes Richard rank even higher in terms of THIS world. =)
Although I must admit, no "best oud player" list is complete without also including Hamza El Din.
I don't think this cd is as completely excellent as another Hagopian-related cd I reviewed yesterday, Gypsy Fire, but on the other hand, when music is this good that still isn't anything to complain about. Obviously I loved this cd enough for it to make me purchase Gypsy Fire in the first place.
If you're familiar with Armenian music then just know that this cd is another excellent example of it. If you're not familiar with it, and words being flawed, I'd just say it may strike you as some sort of excellent realm between Eastern European and Middle Eastern music. Yes I know, that is brutally vague, but there is really only so much that words will ever do (very little) to convey the feel, sound, or intensity of any given music.
I love this disc, and that's what it ultimately comes down to.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Armenian Oud Colossus 16 April 2001
By Sumatriptan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Richard Hagopian is one of the world foremost oud players along with Munir Bashir from Iraq, Simon Shaheen from Palestine, Rabih-Abou Khalil from Lebanon, Anouar Brahem from Tunisia and another great Armenian master from Turkey - Udi Hrant Kelkulian. This album is an excellent collection of Armenian folk songs and it will add a great deal to any CD collection of folk music. Favourite track - YARIMO.
1.0 out of 5 stars Arshin Mal Alan (Azerbaijani: Arşın mal alan) is a 1913 comic and romantic operetta by Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov 6 May 2014
By Kindlefan - Published on Amazon.com
Arshin Mal Alan (Azerbaijani: Arşın mal alan) is a 1913 comic and romantic operetta by Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov about the cloth peddler in the 1900s Shusha, who is looking for a wife. Hajibeyov composed the operetta in Saint Petersburg and it was staged on October 25, 1913. The operetta is rich in national characteristics and realism.
The plot is centered on a bachelor man called Asker, who wants to see and choose his bride before marriage. His wife quest, however, is difficult because in that time based on traditions women were kept at home and when allowed out they were heavily covered in hijab.
And since when Armenian women had to hide their faces like Muslim women? This little part just confirms that plagiarists are not very smart people.
Asker's friend Suleyman suggests him disguising as a fabric peddler, a sure way to meet women. Asker agrees and starts to go round the houses selling fabrics.
Asker finally meets a woman called Gulchohra and both fall in love with each other, even though Asker's actual identity remains unknown to Gulchohra. Asker ultimately asks Gulchohra's father, the wealthy Sultan bey, for marriage permission, revealing his real activities. Sultan bey agrees, but Gulchohra objects as she can only love the peddler. She eventually learns that the rich businessman is really her beloved peddler.

The story ends with four couples getting married at the same time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice music 20 Feb 2012
By John in the city - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This cd has a very good assortment of Armenian music. Nice sound and well performed. It will be a good addition to your collection for listening to a variety of music.
5.0 out of 5 stars ARMENIAN MEDLEY OF HYESTAN MUSIC 29 Jun 2008
By Daniel P. Remy - Published on Amazon.com
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