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Ararat
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Arranged, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Soprano Voice by:
Isabel Bayrakdarian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(November 5th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have an open mind about Mychael Danna's style of operating off the beaten path, with true ethnic authenticity overshadowing a Western orchestra.

Avoid it... if you can't tolerate lengthy and restrained solo performances by traditional folk instruments of Armenia in between occasionally lush orchestral passages.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #672
WRITTEN 2/4/03, REVISED 3/1/09
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Ararat: (Mychael Danna) It was speculated by many viewers of the 2002 Miramax film Ararat that writer, director, and producer Atom Egoyan attempted too great a challenge in its production. While most movie-goers associate Egoyan with Canada, he also has heritage in Armenia, and it is because of his passion for the topic that he decided to illuminate the extermination of the Armenian people by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, an ethnic cleansing that Turkey has long denied ever existed. Instead of choosing to present the tale in the form of either a dramatic narrative or a documentary, the director tackled the tale from the perspective of another film crew attempting to do just that. As a result, it's difficult to become attached to any of the characters in a way that would cause you to care about the actual event. Still, the project was a worthy exploration of an all too forgotten topic, and Egoyan's attempt to use his largest budget (in his fourth major film) to create an atmosphere of authenticity for the production extended to the score. The collaboration between Mychael Danna and the director was well into its second decade, with the composer continuing to produce a unique, worldly sound when compared to the works of his contemporary peers. His ability to generate authenticity in any historical setting or any age remains his calling card. The topic for this assignment was grim, defiant, and heavy on the religious aspect of the event, and Danna therefore produced a score rich with human emotion, historical context, and simplicity in its constructs. Much of the music for the film was recorded on location by Danna in Armenia, a technique familiar to several of his internationally flavored projects. While the orchestral portions, including the massive performances of theme in a selection of tracks, were recorded in London, the choral voices and many traditional instruments were performed by native musicians on location (with a few elements added in Canada at a later date as well). The most daunting part of the task of recording Ararat, therefore, was the piecing together of all these elements into the impressive finished product as heard in the film and on album.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:37
• 1. Groonk (4:13)
• 2. Oor Es Mayr Eem (4:15)
• 3. Siege (3:37)
• 4. Something in Your Heart (2:12)
• 5. Ancient History (1:06)
• 6. Need to Be Remembered (6:07)
• 7. The Dance (3:30)
• 8. Mothers and Sons (1:27)
• 9. Yeraz (2:56)
• 10. They Will Take My Island (1:25)
• 11. Ani (1:25)
• 12. His Land Was Lost (2:27)
• 13. Final Stand (0:53)
• 14. Silent Witness (1:21)
• 15. Call to Action (1:05)
• 16. The Power to Imagine (2:11)
• 17. How Did He Die? (2:30)
• 18. Return to Ararat (2:41)
• 19. All That is Sacred (2:07)
• 20. The Ghost of My Father (1:01)

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The insert includes detailed notes about both the film and score.
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