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NEW: Dedication, unveiling, and concert for the first tangible Alan Hovhaness Memorial. The historic events in Arlington, Massachusetts on 17 May, 2009, have been video-taped by Arlington Cable Television. Speakers include Robert Mirak, President of the Armenian Cultural Foundation, representatives from the Town of Arlington and the St. James Armenian Church where Hovhaness was organist, and pianist Martin Berkofsky, an important contributor to the project who worked with Hovhaness both during the early years of recording for his Poseidon Society then later with the Seattle Symphony. This DVD is a "must" for serious Hovhaness researchers, scholars, and fans of Hovhaness' music.
An Alan Hovhaness Benefit. To raise funds for the Alan Hovhaness Memorial, on 5 October, 2008, pianist Martin Berkofsky organised a benefit concert at the Armenian Cultural Foundation in Arlington, Massachusetts, Alan Hovhaness' home town. He was joined by honoured guests clarinetist Lawrence Sobol, the co-director of the Long Island Chamber Ensemble and producer of the Hovhaness 80th Anniversary Carnegie Hall Commemoration; and distinguished pianist Anni Hovsepian. Robert Mirak, President of the Armenian Cultural Foundation, introduces the programme and the performers.
Alan Hovhaness 95th Anniversary Concert, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, State Academic Chorus of Armenia, Khachaturian Hall, Yerevan, November, 2006. Available only in NTSC format though this two-DVD set should play on any computer world-wide. Programme includes Symphony No. 50 (Mt. St. Helens,) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with Martin Berkofsky and his master student Atakan Sari as soloists, Magnificat, and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Martin Berkofsky piano soloist.
A Tribute to Alan Hovhaness: A 22-minute documentary detailing Hovhaness' life and important connections with Armenia and its history, produced in Armenia by Alexan Zakyan, coordinator of the Hovhaness Centre. This disc is available in both NTSC and PAL format and contains versions in both English and Armenian.
Alan Hovhaness "Chahagir" for solo viola. The gifted lyrical young violist Robert Raymond performs this Hovhaness classic in a recording specially made by the Cristofori Foundation for the Alan Hovhaness International Research Centre.
Martin Berkofsky interviews Jack Johnston. Mr. Johnston was the next-door neighbour to the Hovhaness/Chakmakjian family in Arlington, Massachusetts, Alan Hovhaness' home town. Mr. Johnston relates poignant and vital first-hand memories of the family.
Martin Berkofsky interviews Beatrice Ohanessian. Beatrice Ohanessian was an Iraqi-born pianist of Armenian origin. She was a State Artist and Professor at the Conservatory in Baghdad, studied at the Juilliard School. For her New York Carnegie Recital Hall debut she played Alan Hovhaness. In this interview she relates a fascinating meeting with Alan Hovhaness together with illuminating and remarkable memories from her days in the Iraq of Saddam Hussein.
Alan Hovhaness "Prayer," Piano Concerto for Symphony Orchestra. Armenian premiere performance of this very beautiful c. 1943 Sibelius-like work. Live recording from Aram Khachaturian Hall, Yerevan, 26 April, 2008. Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ruben Asatrian; Martin Berkofsky, piano.
Alan Hovhaness, Works for Winds and Percussion:
Mysterious Horse before the Gate -- Bassoon - Sarah Wildey, Glockenspiel - Jason Alosio, Vibraphone - Matthew Berlin, Chimes - Lindsey Anderson, Giant Tamtam - Anna Luther, conducted by Dr. Wayne Romer.
Sonata for Two Bassoons -- Bassoon - Sarah Wildey and Julie Wagner.
Dance of the Black Haired-Mountain Storm -- Flute - Anna Luther, Timpani - Matthew Berlin, Bass Drum - Jason Alosio, Glockenspiel - Sarah Wildey, Conducted by Dr. Wayne Romer.
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ed Debes.
Technical Assistance, Ken Kelemen. Special thanks to York College of Pennsylvania for use of facilities, equipment, and instruments.
Specially recorded for the Alan Hovhaness International Research Centre.
WORLD PREMIERE: CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS AND ORCHESTRA
Live recording, Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, 26 March, 2004. Soloists Martin Berkofsky and Atakan Sari are joined by the Globalis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Konstantin Krimets in this World Premiere performance. Original announcements in Russian have been preserved. Photocopies from original programme are included.
ARMENIA HONOURS JEAN NANDI
Jean Nandi, the daughter of Alan Hovhaness, was honoured in a gala performance by the Alan Hovhaness Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. The full programme, dedicated to her, took place at the Komitas Chamber Music Hall in Yerevan, 1 April, 2005:
Rumson: In Memory of Alan Hovhaness
Hovhaness: Prayer of St. Gregory
Hovhaness: Avak the Healer
Sakoyan: The Music
Soloists are soprano Seda Odabashyan and pianist Martin Berkofsky.
Two CD set.
Historic 78 RPM discs transcribed from the Dr. Elizabeth Gregory collection. Conducting by Alan Hovhaness:
Yeraz: Anahid Ajemian, violin, recorded 16 April, 1947.
Armenian Rhapsody No. 1, recorded 16 April, 1947.
Armenian Rhapsody No. 2, recorded 16 April, 1947.
Tzaikerk: Anahid Ajemian, violin, Philip Kaplan, Flute, recorded March, 1946, Boston.
Agori (no details available.)
Prayer for St. Gregory (no details available.)
Elibris: recorded 16 April, 1947.
The 30th Ode of Solomon: cantata for baritone solo, mixed chorus, trumpet, trombone, and string orchestra, recorded at Town Hall, New York, 1949.
Interview with Lawrence Sobol; clarinetist, conductor, and producer of Alan Hovhaness' 80th Birthday concert at Carnegie Hall. A "must" for serious Hovhaness scholars for its first-hand reminiscences of Sobol's years working with Hovhaness.
Alan Hovhaness speaks about Khaldis (concerto for piano, four trumpets, and percussion,) transfer from cassette tape recorded by pianist Martin Berkofsky 29 March, 1972, at the Bryant Hotel, New York City. (Berkofsky's Poseidon Society recording of this work was made under Hovhaness' supervision the next day.)
Martin Berkofsky interviews Dr. Elizabeth Gregory. Dr. Gregory was friends with Alan Hovhaness for some 60 years and her memories and recollections of this memorable time are quite remarkable. This two-CD interview was made at her home in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on 22 May, 2005.
An historic radio interview from 5 November, 1971, hosted by WQXR New York's Listening Room moderator Robert Sherman, featuring Alan Hovhaness and members of the Long Island Chamber Ensemble, Lawrence Sobol, clarinet, Martin Berkofsky, piano. The interview was broadcast shortly before the Long Island Chamber Ensemble's all-Hovhaness performance at the then Carnegie Recital Hall and features performances of Lament for solo clarinet and previews of the just-composed Saturn for soprano, clarinet, and piano.
Alan Hovhaness, Lament for Solo Clarinet. Clarinettist Einar Johannesson, recognised worldwide for the extraordinary expressiveness of his performances, visited the Cristofori Foundation's Virginia Master Classes in July of 2004, recording this beautifully atmospheric Hovhaness work for the Hovhaness Centre's archives.
Mr. Johannesson has given the Hovhaness Centre permission to distribute this recording, not commercially released nor otherwise available.
An extraordinary performance for its haunting beauty of tone and control of the extreme pianissimo range of dynamics.
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