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Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939)

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“Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939): Archival Concert Recordings, 1935(?), 1940, 1971″ (63:45 minutes)

The “Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939): Archival Concert Recordings, 1935(?), 1940, 1971″ CD has 5 sections.

For the 1935(?), 1940, 1971 concerts, the piano accompanist is Grikor Mizaian Suni’s piano / voice student Araxie Hovsepian Samelian (born 1920), of Drexel Hill, PA. Araxie Hovsepian Samelian is daughter of Suni’s soprano soloist Clara Gulezian Hovsepian, herself daughter of Dr. Lucy Gulezian, Suni’s physician.

For the “1994, Gourgen (George) Suny sings, age 84 (son of Grikor Suni)” recital, the piano accompanist is his daughter-in-law (wife of his son Ronald Grigor Suny), Armena Marderosian.

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A. 1935(?) Grikor Mirzaian Suni conducts Suni Chorus, Philadelphia radio broadcast (from shellac record)

    1. Grikor Suni’s chorus: The American-Armenian Musical Society, Philadelphia Branch Suni Chorus will sing – 0:07Listen Now
    2. Zinch oo Zinch (What oh What) Mythological Folk Song (King Ara/Queen Semiramis-Shamiram) – 2:18Listen Now
    3. Ha Klor (Round Dance) [Ha Glor]0:33Listen Now
    4. Grikor Suni’s chorus: “America Hai Yerazhshtakan Miyootyan Philadelphiao Syuni Yerkchakhoombu gu yerke” - 0:08Listen Now
    5. Alagyaz (Mount Alagyaz/Aragats,northeast of Yerevan), a cappella – 2:19Listen Now
    6. Aghgeg Es (You’re Lovely) [Aghkek Es]0:34Listen Now

B. 1940, May 5,son Gourgen(George)Suni conducts chorus, orchestra, Philadelphia Fleisher Auditorium

    1. Areknazan Opera: Sareri Hovin Mernim (For the Mountain Breeze I’d Die). Chorus with orchestra – 2:24Listen Now
    2. Areknazan Opera: Ov Dook Sarer (Oh Ye Mountains). Rose Zulalian, soloist – 1:58Listen Now
    3. Gatsek Amper (Go Away Clouds). Dickran Hovsepian, soloist – 3:52Listen Now
    4. Arik Haigazoonk (Come Armenian Braves). Orchestra only – 1:56Listen Now
    5. Lorik (Quail). Clara Gulezian Hovsepian, soloist (mother of accompanist Araxie H. Unrelated to #9 Dickran H.) – 4:44Listen Now
    6. Arevelkoom (Orientale). Orchestra only – 3:16Listen Now

C. 1971, March 21, Gourgen (George) Suny conducts chorus,orchestra Philadelphia Academy of Music

    1. Erzurum March (city of Erzurum, 1910-1914), (orchestra only). Restored to full length. – 3:30Listen Now
    2. Arik Haigazoonk (Come Armenian Braves). Chorus with orchestra – 2:14Listen Now
    3. Alagyaz (Mount Alagyaz/Aragats,northeast of Yerevan), a cappella – 2:22Listen Now
    4. Zinch oo Zinch (What oh What) Mythological Folk Song (King Ara/Queen Semiramis-Shamiram) – 2:19Listen Now
    5. Asli Keram Opera, duet: Miayn Kez (Only For You). Doris Hoplamazian, Paul Mesejian, soloists – 3:58Listen Now
    6. Arek Nazan Opera: Sareri Hovin Mernim (For the Mountain Breeze I’d Die). Chorus with orchestra – 2:03Listen Now
    7. Arek Nazan Opera: Ov Dook Sarer (Oh Ye Mountains). Paul Mesejian, soloist – 2:06Listen Now
    8. Sketches of Van [Vana Eskizner]. Orchestra only) – 3:30Listen Now
    9. Arevelkoom (Orientale). Orchestra only) – 3:00Listen Now
    10. Hoy Nar (expression of happiness in western Armenian dialect). Doris Hoplamazian, soloist. Piano accompanist above: Araxie Hovsepian Samelian (Dr.Lucy Gulezian’s granddaughter). Below: Armena Marderosian – 5:48Listen Now

D. 1994, Suni’s son Gourgen (George) Suny sings, age 84 (1910-1995)

    1. Yete Mi Or (If One Day). Poem by Hovhannes Toumanian (1869-1923) – 2:50Listen Now
    2. Yerevan Bagh (Yerevan Garden). Arranged by Gourgen (George) Suny – 3:18Listen Now

E. 1986, Suni’s daughter Seda Suny sings/plays for Voice of America, age 80

  1. Yerevan Bagh (Yerevan Garden). Seda Suny (1905-1994) sings at the piano – 2:07Listen Now