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Eduard Tubin. Works for Violin and Piano. Vol 1

Keyboard Juggleress (Irina Zahharenkova, DVD)

Ad patrem meum (Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, DVD)

Arsis. Legend

Magic of Sound (Ralf Taal)

Maria Magdalena (Sevara Nazarkhan, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir, State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra)

Joy and Sorrow Unmasked (European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen)

Locus amoenus (René Eespere)

The Best of Arsis Bells (Arsis, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, Aivar Mäe)

Faust (Ain Anger, Estonian National Opera)

Modigliani − the Cursed Artist (Estonian National Ballet, Risto Joost)

ImagetextMERI VARDANYAN

Qānon Player
from Armenia

Excellent qānon player from Yerevan...

A member of the ensemble Kilikia.

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Photos by Jean Luis-Scotto,  Peeter Vähi (at Orient 2007), and Dario Caruso

player Mashtots, fragm, 110 sec, mp 3
player Narekatsi, 79 sec, mp3

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“Klaaspärlimängul” on ikka olnud klassikalise muusika ebatraditsioonilisi esitusi. Kammerõhtu “Pardon, Fryderyk!” idee oli omapärane. /.../ Pariisis tegutsev armeenlanna Meri Vardanjan esitas Chopini muusikat armeenia rahvapillil qanon. Vahelduvalt kõlasid Chopini 10 masurkat ja valssi... Solisti mäng oli veenev, muusikaliselt väljapeetud ja esitatud tehnilise üleolekuga. Nii väliselt kui kõlavärvilt eesti kannelt meenutav  pill on tehniliselt ja dünaamika poolest küllaltki mitmekülgne. On tänuväärne ja põnevgi tutvustada klassikalise muusika abil maailmale oma maa rahvapilli. (Alo Põldmäe, Sirp, 31.07.09; Estonia, whole article)

The qānon (in Armenian: քանոն) is a string instrument found in Near Eastern traditional music based on mugham. It is basically a zither with a narrow trapezoidal soundboard. The strings are stretched over a single bridge poised on fish-skins on one end, attached to tuning pegs at the other end.

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