After the fall of the Kilikian Kingdom, the Armenian nation has struggled for its independence during centuries. It was during this period that the spiritual leaders took up weapons and fought against the invaders side by side with their people. In 405, after the invention of the alphabet, the first book to be translated into Armenian was the Holy Bible: this translation came to be known as “The Queen of Translations”. The city of 1001 churches, Ani, is located in the Armenian Highlands. The Armenian culture is famous in the world for its khachkars, unique and unrepeatable crosses carved in stone, for its exceptional churches and monasteries. The historical and cultural monuments dedicated to Christianity come to testify the power of this religion. During centuries they have become the symbol of Armenia in the whole world.
More than 1700 years ago Armenia became the world’s first Christian nation. That is why the most ancient churches and monasteries in the world, such as St. Echmiadsin (Armenia, IV century) and Amaras (Artsakh, V century) are located in Armenia and Artsakh. In 2013, Montserrat Caballé visited many of these churches as homage to the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity. This CD, in its turn, is an act of homage to the great soprano for her anniversary on the part of the Armenian nation, a sign of profound admiration and gratitude.
Gandzasar means Treasure Mountain. The Legend says that the head of Saint John the Baptist is buried beneath the church. The priests came to the church of Gandzasar by the call of faith, which penetrated into the walls of monastery and cathedral. The hands of priests that hold the church are offering it to the God, and the church itself is a symbol of faith and harmony.
Noravank monastery. The ancient sculptor and miniaturist called Momik designed the masterpiece and connected a story of love to the walls of the Monastery. The call of Love was symbolized by a couple of loving young people. They bring the priests to the Noravank Monastery, where the true love can live forever.
Dadivank monastery. The holy place was ravaged and ruined several times during the Seljuk invasions. Today the dream of the Armenian people came true. The monastery is alive and protected. The call of dream takes a form of an ancient princess of Greater Artsakh. She is dreaming about her sons and husband. She holds the memory in her dreams. And the dream opens the path to this holy place.
Saghmosavank monastery. Once the source of chronicles, iconography, inscriptions and sermons. The final call. The call of Eternity takes the form of a quill that brings us to Saghmosavank. Faith, Hope, Love, Penitence, Dream and Baptism are eternalized on the pages of Holy writings that came to us from the tumultuous ocean of ancient History.
December 06, 2020