Ian Krouse....Armenian Requiem
This is a powerful work; perhaps too powerful for some; while it has some beautiful moments, it can also be imposing. Aficionados of choral work will undoubtedly appreciate the power and technical skill, however.
It was composed to mark the centenary of the Armenian genocide of 1915, and is an ambitious sacred work built around liturgical chants. The Armenian Genocide was the extermination of 1.5m Armenians, “like a devastating forest fire” for the country, as Vatsche Barsoumian writes in the sleeve notes. Solemnity is only to be expected.
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