Armenian National Philharmonic
General Information

Eduard TOPCHJAN, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

* Company of 105

Various Programs

 

2010–2011 Season

Program 1

A. Borodin - Polovetsian Dances
S. Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2 or 3
D. Shostakovich - Symphony No.5 or 10
Soloist: Sergei Babayan, piano (USA)

Program 2

A. Khachaturian - Spartacus Suite, 3 pieces
D. Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No.1
P. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.4 or 6

Program 3

L. Bernstein - Candide Overture
A. Dvorak - Violin Concerto
A. Dvorak - Symphony No.8 or 9
Soloist: Julia Fischer, violin (Germany) or Viviane Hagner, violin (Germany) or Anush Nikoghosyan, violin (Armenia)

 

The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra was formed 80 years ago in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. The founder of Armenian national symphonic music Alexander Spendiarian, a student of Rimsky-Korsakov, conducted its first performance. Today, the more than one hundred-piece ensemble makes its home in Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in central Yerevan. The orchestra draws its members from the ranks of graduates of the Yerevan Komitas Conservatory and from the leading conservatories in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

As the leading symphony orchestra of Armenia, the orchestra's activities have included regular weekly concerts at Aram Khachaturian Hall, as well as concert tours throughout Russia, the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Iran, UAE, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, performing at various prestigious venues like the Carnegie Hall (New York), Symphony Hall (Boston), Lincoln Center (Washington), Megaron (Athens), Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory to name a few.

In October 2000, Eduard Topchjan was appointed the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra, a position that was formerly held by conductors such as Michael Maluntsian, Ruben Vardanian, David Khandjian, Valery Gergiev, Vahagn Papian, Loris Tjeknavorian and Michael Avetissian.

Over the years many of the world's leading conductors and soloists have appeared in concert with the orchestra, including A. Melik-Pashayev, V. Ferrero, F. Konvichni, K. Masur, G. Rozhdestvensky, S. Richter, M. Rostropovich, D. Oistrakh, E. Gilels, I. Stern, L. Kogan, V. Cliburn, A. Watts, G. Kremer, V. Ashkenazy, V. Spivakov and N. Gutman. The tradition of inviting the renowned soloists from all over the world to perform with the ANPO continues nowadays as well. Among the soloists that performed with the orchestra during the last years were Steven Isserlis, Francois-Joel Thiollier, David.Geringas, Nikolay Petrov, June Anderson, Kim Kashkashian, Sergey Babayan, Ani and Ida Kavafians, Bernard Ringeissen, Alexei Lyubimov, Sergey Khachatryan, Sergey Nakariakov, Renato Bruson, Isabel Bayrakdaryan, Alexander Treger, Vladimir Krainev and many others.

The orchestra has performed most of the classical repertoire, as well as premiered many works of the contemporary composers and realized a number of concert performances of the well-known operas.

Since 1990, the Armenian Philharmonic has released more than 40 CDs including those on ASV label, which were distributed throughout the world. Some of the recordings were selected by Hi-Fi, Gramophone and BBC Classic CD magazines as the Best Record of the Month. Among the forthcoming tours of the ANPO are those to Japan and USA.

The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra is housing at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall.

Repertoire (Important works)

J.S. Bach • All Brandenburg Concerts
• All Cembalo-Concerts
• Violin Concerts in a & E
• Double concerts for two violins, violin/oboe
• Div. Cantatas
C.Ph.E. Bach • Flute Concerts
B. Bartók • Music for String Instruments, Percussion and Celeste
• Divertimento for Strings
• Romanian Folk Dances
L. van Beethoven • Symphony Nr. 1-9
• All solo concerts
• String Quartets, Arrangements for string orchestra: op. 95 (Mahler), op. 131 (Mitropoulos), op. 133 Grosse Fuge (Weingartner), op. 135
H. Berlioz • Symphonie Fantastique
• Harold in Italy
E. Bloch • Baal Shem for violin and Orchestra
• From Jewish Life for Cello and Orchestra
J. Brahms • All symphonies
• German Requiem
• Piano concerts Nr. 1 & 2
• Violin concerts
• Concert for violin, cello and Orchestra
B. Britten • Simple Symphony
M. Bruch • Violin Concerto Nr. 1
A. Bruckner • Symphonies Nr. 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
• Quintet for strings
D. Buxtehude • Magnificat
L. Cherubini • Requiem c-moll
F. Chopin • Piano concerts Nr. 1 & 2
C. Debussy • La mer
• Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
C. Diethelm • Menhir , Meditation for violin & String orchestra op. 265
A. Dvorák • Symphony Nr. 9
• Requiem
• Violin concert
• Cello concert
• Serenade for String Orchestra
E. Elgar • Cello concert
• Serenade for String Orchestra
G. Gershwin • Rhapsody in Blue
• Piano concert in F-Dur
• An American in Paris
E. Grieg • Piano concert
• Suite Aus Holbergs Zeit
D. Haladjian • Missa di Lumine
• Music in Shadow for String Orchestra (dedicated to Serenade Chamber Orchestra/E.Topchjan, UA 2003)
K.A. Hartmann • Concerto funebre for Violin and Orchestra
J. Haydn • Div. Symphonies
• Div. Piano concerts
• Piano concert in C & D
• Violin concert in G & C
A. Honegger • Symphony Nr. 2
A. Khatchaturian All works for Orchestra:
• Ballets Spartacus and Gayaneh
• Symphony Nr. 2
• Violin concert
• Piano concert
• Concert-Rhapsody for cello
Komitas • Armenian Folk Miniatures (arrangement by S. Aslamazian)
R. Leoncavallo • I Pagliacci
G. Ligeti • Ramifications
F. Liszt • Piano concert Nr. 2
• Faust-Symphony
G. Mahler • Symphony Nr. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
T. Mansuryan • Solo concert for Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
• Serenade for singing waters and singing crickets (dedicated to Serenade Chamber Orchestra/E.Topchjan, UA 2000)
F. Mendelssohn • Symphony in A-Dur op. 90 ( Italian )
• Violin concert in e-moll op. 64 & d-moll
E. Mirzoyan • Symphony for strings and kettledrums
• Epitaph
• Variations for string orchestra
W.A. Mozart • Don Giovanni
• Requiem
• Die Zauberflöte
• Symphony Nr. 25, all symphonies Nr. 29-41
• Div. Messes
• Div. Overtures & Arias
• All violin concerts
• Piano concert
• Flute concert
• Serenades, Divertimenti: Eine kleine Nachtmusik u.a.
M. Mussorgsky • Pictures at an exhibition • Boris Godunov
K.Pendercki • Symphony No 2
• Concerto Grosso for two cellos
• Symphonietta for strings
G.B. Pergolesi • Stabat mater
F. Poulenc • Organ concert
G. Puccini • La Bohema
• Madame Butterfly
• Tosca
• Il Trittico
• Turandot
S. Rachmaninov • Piano concerts 2, 3, 5
• Symphony No 3
M. Ravel • Daphnis et Chloe
• Bolero
• Piano concert in G-Dur
• Pavane pour une Infante défunte (Fassung f. Kammerorch.)
N. Rimskji-Korsakov • Scheherazade
G. Rossini • Il barbiere di Siviglia
• Il viaggio a Reims
• Div. Overtures
C. Saint-Saëns • Le carnaval des animaux
• Piano concert Nr. 2
D. Shostakovich • Symphonies Nr. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
• Violin concert Nr. 1
• Piano concert Nr. 1
• Chamber Symphony op. 110 a for String Orchestra
• Chamber Symphony op. 118 a for String Orchestra
F. Schubert • All symphonies
• Masses G-Dur, Es-Dur
• 5 Deutsche and 7 Trios
• Rondo A-Dur for violin and String orchestra
• Der Tod und das Madchen (arranged for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler)
R. Schumann • Piano concert
• Requiem for Mignon
R. Shchedrin-G. Bizet • Carmen-Suite for String orchestra & 28 percussion instruments
J. Sibelius • Symphony Nr. 2
• Valse triste
• Violin concert
• Romance for String Orchestra
R. Strauss • Also sprach Zarathustra
• Don Juan
• Eine Alpensinfonie
• Metamorphosen
J. Strauss • Div. Waltes, Polkas etc.
• Div. Overtures
I. Stravinsky • Concert in D for Strings
J. Suk • String Serenade
A. Terteryan • Symphony Nr. 3
P.I. Tchaikovsky • Symphony Nr. 4, 5, 6
• Manfred-Symphony
• Der Sturm
• Romeo and Juliet
• Francesca da Rimini
• Piano concert Nr. 1
• Violin concert
• Souvenir de Florence
• String Serenade
• Eugen Onegin
• Pique Dame
G. Verdi • Requiem
• Aïda
• Don Carlo
• Rigoletto
• La Traviata
• Un ballo in maschera
• Othello
• Simone Boccanegra
• La forza del destino
• Div. Szenen, Arien, Chöre, Ouvertüren
• String Quartet (arranged for String Orchestra by A. Toscanini)
A. Vivaldi • Le quattro stagioni
• Div. Instrumental concerts

Recordings

2002 ANPO Productions, Armenia ANPOP–009–02
MICHAEL KOKZHAYEV
Symphony of Sadness 2
2002 ANPO Productions, Armenia ANPOP–008–02
HEKTOR BERLIOZ (1803–11869)
“Simphonie Fantastique”, Op.14, 1830 (“Episode in a Life of an Artist”)
2002 ANPO Productions, Armenia ANPOP–007–02
AVET TERTERIAN (1929–1994)
Symphony No. 6 (1981)
2002 ANPO Productions, Armenia ANPOP–006–02
AVET TERTERIAN (1929–1994)
Symphony No. 1 (1969)
Symphony No. 2 (1972)
2002 ASV Ltd. England PLT 8510
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Piano Concerto, Gayaneh–Suite, The Valencian Widow – Suite
2001 ANPO Productions, Armenia ANPOP–005–01
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)
Symphony No. 5
2001 ANPO Productions, Armenia ANPOP–004–01
NICOLAI RIMSKY–KORSAKOV (1844–1908)
“Scheherazade”Symphonic Suite
2001 ANPO Productions, Armenia ANPOP–003–01
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Piano Concerto
2001 ANPO Productions, Armenia ANPOP–002–01
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Symphony No.2 in e minor“The Bell”
2001 ANPO Productions, Armenia ANPOP–001–01
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Violin Concerto
2001 Tomei Electronics“Altus Music”Co., Ltd. Japan ALT–013–4
JAPANESE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2000 in ARMENIA (3)
2001 Tomei Electronics“Altus Music”Co., Ltd. Japan ALT–012
JAPANESE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2000 in ARMENIA (2)
2001 Tomei Electronics“Altus Music”Co., Ltd. Japan ALT–011
JAPANESE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2000 in ARMENIA (1)
2001 ASV Ltd. England DCA 1102
MIKHAIL IPPOLITOV–IVANOV (1859–1935)
Orchestral Music
2000 ASV Ltd. England DCA 1087
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Ode to Joy, Three Concert Arias, Ballad of The Motherland, Poem, March of Zangezur
2000 NAB Productions Ltd. Armenia NABP 0020
STEPHAN ELMAS – Piano Concerto No. 3
1999 ASV Ltd. England DCA 1087
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
“Three Concert Arias,“Ode to Joy”, “Poem”, “Ballad of the Motherland”, “Zangezur Martch”
1999 ASV Ltd. England DCA 1075
MIKHAIL GLINKA (1804–1857)
“A Life for the Tsar”, “The Two Spanish Overtures: Jota Aragonesa & Souvenir d'une nuit a Madrid” ,“Kamarinskaya” ,“Valse–Fantaisie”
1999 ASV Ltd. England DCA 1033
EDGAR HOVHANNESSIAN (1930–1998)
Symphony No.3,“Marmar”
1999 ASV Ltd. England DCA 949
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
“Spartacus Ballet Suites”
1998 EMI Records Ltd. Holland 5 66588 2 0
THANOS MIKROUTSIKOS (b.1947)
“The Hell of a Season”
1998 ASV Ltd. England DCA 1037
ORCHESTRAL MUSIC OF ARMENIA
1998 ASV Ltd. England DCA 1032
DMITRI KABALEVSKY (1904–1987)
Symphonies No.1 & 2,“Spring”,“Overture Pathetique”
1997 ASV Ltd. England DCA 984
ARNO BABADZANIAN (1821–1983)
“Heroic Ballade”, “Nocturne”
LORIS TJEKNAVORIAN (b.1937)
Piano Concerto
1997 ASV Ltd. England DCA 986
AVET TERTERIAN (1929–1994)
Symphony No.3, Symphony No.4
1997 ASV Ltd. England DCA 966
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Film Music
1996 ASV Ltd. England DCA 967
DMITRY KABALEVSKY (1904–1987)
“Romeo and Juliet”, “The Comedians”, “Colas Breugnon”
1996 ASV Ltd. England DCA 964
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Piano Concerto, Waltz for wind band, Polka for wind band, Dance Suite
1996 ASV Ltd. England QS 6180
THE NIGHT ON THE BARE MOUNTAIN AND OTHER RUSSIAN FAVOURITES
1995 ASV Ltd. England DCA 946
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
“Lermontov Suite”, “Ode in Memory of Lenin”, “Festive Poem”
1994 ASV Ltd. England DCA 886
SERGEY PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
“Lieutenant Kijé”,“Cinderella” ,“The Love for Three Oranges”
1994 ASV Ltd. England DCA 885
SERGEY PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
“Romeo and Juliet”
1993 ASV Ltd. England DCA 884
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
“The Valencian Widow”, “Gayaneh”
LORIS TJEKNAVORIAN (b.1937)
“Danses Fantasques”
1993 ASV Ltd. England DCA 859
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Symphony No.2,“The Battle of Stalingrad”
1993 ASV Ltd. England DCA 858
ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)
Symphony No.1, Symphony No.3
1993 Hyper Arts Productions, Inc. USA
BEATLES FAVORITES 5 (CDs)
George Pehlivanian, conductor
1992 Hyper Arts Productions, Inc. USA
BROADWAY MEDLEYS (4 CDs)
Varujan Kojian, conductor
1991 ASV Ltd. England DCA 773
ARAM KHACHATURIAN & M.IPPOLITOV–IVANOV
1991 ASV Ltd. England DCA 772
NICOLAY RIMSKY–KORSAKOV (1844–1908)
“The Golden Cockerel”, “The Tale of Tsar Saltan”, “Christmas Eve”
1991 ASV Ltd. England DCA 771
NICOLAY RIMSKY–KORSAKOV (1844–1908)
“Sceherazade”, “Fairy Tale”, “Sadko”
1991 ORF SONY Austria LID 1991/1 und 2
MUSIK DER FAMILIE STRAU? UND KOMPOSITIONEN VON LORIS TJEKNAVOTJAN
1990 ORF SONY Austria LID 1990/1 und 2
W.A. MOZART & ARAM CHATSCHATURJAN

The Overseas Tours

Japan 2008
France 2007
Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic 2006
Istanbul, Turkey 2004
Russia, UAE, Cyprus 2003
Russia, Lebanon 2001
Iran, Lebanon, Germany 2000
Lebanon 1999
Greece 1998
USA, Canada 1996
France, UK, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Switzerland 1995
Greece 1994
Greece 1993
Greece 1992
Greece, Germany, Austria 1991
Germany 1990
USA 1989
 
 
 
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