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Joyous Light

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  • Orchestra: Raffi Armenian
  • Audio CD (March 19 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBC Records
  • ASIN: B00005S6VZ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Where Are You, O Mother
2. You Are A Profound Mystery
3. Trisagion - Isabel Bayrakdarian
4. We Celebrate
5. Chosen Of God
6. Joyous Light - Isabel Bayrakdarian
7. My Heart Trembles
8. Lord Have Mercy - Isabel Bayrakdarian
9. Entrance To The Tabernacle
10. The Fowl
11. The Mother Of The Lord
12. Open For Us, Lord - Isabel Bayrakdarian
13. Be Delighted, O Holy Church
14. Rejoice, O Holy Church - Isabel Bayrakdarian
15. You Are The Only Holy One
16. Doxology
17. O Gardener
18. The Lord's Prayer

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This is a stunning recording. Isabel Bayrakdarian's voice is a wonderful clear soprano, rich and warm throughout its range and free of any roughness. Her long familiarity with this repertoire lets her shape each phrase beautifully and, apparently, effortlessly.
The disk derives from a concert that took place in Toronto in September, 2001 commemorating 1700 years of Christianity in Armenia. It consists of 18 pieces of liturgical music. In some Bayrakdarian sings a capella, but in most she is supported by a chamber orchestra. One is aware that this is not western music, but the modes in which it is written are just unusual enough to European ears to be a little exotic while remaining entirely accessible. It's not quite melodic, but not quite chant either. Bayrakdarian's melismas are always sensitive and subtle. The whole effect is soaring, haunting, ethereal, transporting, utterly wonderful.
This is a desert island disk for sure.
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Bayrakdarian's beautiful and captivating voice encapsulates the true meaning of classical music. "Joyous Light" consists of 18 songs in which love, compassion and morality are expressed. The songs are composed in such a way that it is next to impossible not to display any emotion while listening to it. Bayrakdarian's salient characteristic that transcends all her other great ones is her passion for opera. Because she exhibits this passion, the CD is gaining more and more popularity by the day even among people who have different musical tastes. I strongly encourage everyone to go and buy a copy.
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This is liturgical music for people who normally wouldn't touch it--pure, mystical, haunting, yet richly, deeply passionate, full of long, luxurious vocalises. Isabel Bayrakdarian, a very young Canadian soprano who has already made her debut in a number of the great opera houses, is sheer vocal magic with subtle artistry poignantly expressed in this elegant music.
It'd make a great Christmas present, incidentally!
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Isabel Bayrakdarian's clear soprano soars effortlessly, with heartfelt sincerity, through these ancient melodies. Though sombre in tone, and having a distinct Middle Ages - Middle East flavour, the recording is nevertheless soul uplifting, a quality that only improves on repeat listenings.
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This is my Ninth Copy - a joy to hear and to give it to select friends. I wish Bayrakdarian would release it again otherwise it will soon become collector's item.
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