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1 Agnus Dei (Larghetto) 06:56  
2 Qui tollis peccata mundi (Andante) 03:58  
3 Miserere nobis 04:09  
4 Sonata Da Chiesa / Tranquillo ma con moto 07:54  
5 Andante, leggiero 08:07  
6 Con Anima / Tranquillo e poco libero ? Moderato con moto, semplice 14:19  
7 String Trio / Moderato, con moto 02:53  
8 Vivacissimo, con fuoco 03:58  
9 Grave 06:06  
10 String Quartet No.3 / Grave 06:53  
11 Scherzando 04:13  
12 Adagio 05:49  
13 Die Tanzerin / Allegro energico 04:00  
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Conceived jointly by violinist Movses Pogossian and violist Kim Kashkashian on the occasion of Tigran Mansurian's 80th birthday, the Con anima project brings together a dedicated cast of players to perform the chamber music of Armenia's great contemporary composer. The emphasis is on newer pieces - only the Third String Quartet dates from the 20th century - but there is a timeless quality to Mansurian's work, all of which resounds with the spirit of his homeland. "Mansurian's works are full of signifiers that come from Armenian ornaments, paintings or stones," writes Elena Dubinets in the CD notes. "His music itself feels as if it was carved out of stone." It can seem both ancient and modern at once, as it carefully explores and reveals relationships between contemporary Western composition and Armenia's sacred and secular music traditions. These characteristics are immediately evident in Agnus Dei, dedicated to the memory of Russian violinist Oleg Kagan. Here, violin, clarinet and cello sing against a sparse piano backdrop, in a piece whose form conveys the melos of Armenian spiritual music.

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