CHILDHOOD MEMORIES: MUSIC FOR YOUNGER PIANISTS 
“Such repertoire, however,” writes music critic Jed Distler, “is best served when interpreted by a mature artist possessing seasoned, adult-size fingers. Enter Şahan Arzruni, whose discography suggests that he may well be a ‘children's piano music’ specialist. He certainly plays these works with all the love, attention to detail, tone color, and character they deserve – and his annotations are both thorough and informative.”

MIDNIGHT CHOPIN

These are the ageless melodies Chopin would improvise in the evenings to his amoureuse. They are the most beautiful, most romantic of all his works. This beautiful treasury has been newly recorded in our own studio, on a glorious nine foot Steinway concert grand. We were very fortunate to have celebrated pianist Sahan Arzruni create this masterful album for us. Sweet, lyrical nocturnes will transport you to a world long gone. Lilting waltzes will gently caress you with their soft mood of romance. And you'll relax to the world's most gorgeous Preludes.

KHACHATURIAN@100

Compiled on the occasion of the composer's centennial, this CD features Khachaturian's propulsive Toccata, jovial Sonatina, improvisatory Poem, and the two charming sets of Children's Albums.  Mr. Arzruni, who studied these compositions under the tutelage of

Mr. Khachaturian himself, gives an authoritative and compelling rendition to these spectacular masterpieces.


VISIONARY LANDSCAPES

“An appealing collection, Visionary Landscapes collects key Hovhaness compositions from 1948 to 1968,” writes author Heather Phares, “when the composer was deep in exploring Armenian and Far Eastern traditions in his music. Arzruni's performance brings Hovanhess' works to life, from the atmospheric ‘Mystic Temple’ to the structured yet vivid ‘Visionary Landscapes’ suite. Arzruni's expressive playing -- which includes brushing, picking and striking the piano strings with sticks and emulating Japanese bells and Middle Eastern lutes -- arrives at a fascinating mix of innovation and history.”

KOMITAS

Initially released on the occasion of Komitas' centenary in 1969,

the disc was remastered and released as a two-CD set recently. 

This historic recording, produced under the artistic direction

of Şahan Arzruni, contains performances by some of the legendary figures in Armenian music, including pianist Maro Ajemian,

soprano Lucine Amara, mezzo Cathy Berberian, contralto Lili Chookasian, tenor Vahan Khanzadian, bariton Michael Kermoyan and bass Ara Berberian.  Composer and conductor Alan Hovhaness conducts portions of Komitas' Divine Liturgy and a number of his choral masterpieces.

VOSGEPORIG: A TREASURY OF ARMENIAN CHANTS

Compiled and annotated by Sahan Arzruni, this book is about Armenian Armenian music tradition. It features fifty sacred hymns from the church and a sampler of secular songs. Each song includes music and lyrics

in Armenian, as well as in transliteration and translation, to help you sing along. Songs also include informative introductory bilingual notes. 

The book includes a cassettes of the material, sung by the St. Sarkis Children's Choir of Yerevan.

MUSIC FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Written as a teenage author, this textbook was commissioned by

the Turkish-Armenian Teachers Association in Istanbul.  In addition  to clear explanations about the rudiments of music, the book contains about a dozen Armenian songs for young schoolchildren.  Lavishly illustrated.


A documentary film on  Aram Khachaturian that was entrusted by the Armenian Ministry of Culture and Youth to Sahan Arzruni to be restored and re-edited on the occasion of the composer's centennial in 2003.  The DVD contains rare historic footage from Khachaturian's student days till his funeral cortège in 1978.

Khachaturian@100: An Archival Film

Produced on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the foundation of Surp Pırgiç Armenian National Hospital in Istanbul, this CD introduces the works of some 15 composers born in Asia Minor. The album, beautifully produced, features music by Tchouhadjian, Sinanian, Manas, Alemshah, Gazarossian, Atmacayan, Karamanuk, Agosyan and Eroyan. It contains also a 90-page booklet, written in three languages. The roster of performing artists includes pianist Şahan Arzruni, soprano Alis Manukyan, baritone Kevork Tavityan, soprano Jaklin Çarkcı, violist Ani Inci and the Kazaz Artin Choir, conducted by a host of local maestros.

ARMENIAN COMPOSERS IN ASIA MINOR

A comprehensive biography and an examination of the creative life of composer Sirvart Karamanuk, authored by musicologist Prof. Araksi Saryan. The book also contains a number of highly personal essays by Karamanuk herself about her formative years. The volume includes several analytical articles about Karamanuk's output by various music critics. Written in western Armenian, the book encompasses English and Turkish language summaries and includes some one hundred color photographs. Produced by Şahan Arzruni, this elegant volume is published by the Charents State Museum of Literature and Art.

A LIFE PERCEIVED IN MUSIC