About the composer
Vache Sharafyan was born in 1966 in Yerevan (Armenia). A graduate of the Conservatory of Yerevan in 1990, in 1992 he obtained a doctorate in composition in the class of Professor Edvard Mirzoyan. From 1992 to 1996 he taught at the Armenian Theological Seminary in Jerusalem. Sharafyan is a composer of symphonic works, chamber music, choral music and opera. His works include opera King Abgar, ballet Second Moon, ballet Ancient Gods, ballet “the bride of the desert”.
His works have been commissioned or performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble, Yuri Bashmet and The Ensemble Soloists of Moscow, The Hilliard Ensemble and many others. He is the author of a book on sacred hymns for the Church Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
About the Stabat Mater
Mezzo soprano and male choir (tenor, baritone, bass, basso-profondo)
This Stabat is dark and intensely sad, the male choir is beautiful. Sharafyan says the following about his Stabat Mater:
Sharafyan used the text of the stanzas 1 to 4, 11 to 14 and 19 and 20 in the Vatican-version of the text.
Information about the recording
|Audio:||Live recording of a concert|
Live recording of a concert in Rapla Church, 26th Rapla Church Music Festival Opening Concert on 26.07-5.08.2018. Mr Sharafyan was kind enough to share two excerpts of his Stabat Mater. Thank you so much!
|Choir:||Estonian National Male Choir|
Iris Oja, mezzo-soprano