Out of the Ruins

Out of the Ruins is a choral work by Michael Nyman for an eponymous BBC documentary[1] by Agnieszka Piotrowska in commemorating the first anniversary of the 1988 Spitak earthquake in Armenia 7 December 1988, which aired on the BBC's 40 Minutes. The texts are from Grigor Narekatsi's Book of Lamentations. It was conducted by Khoren Meykhnanejian.

Out of the Ruins
photograph by Agnieszka Piotrowska
design by Iain Macdonald
Soundtrack album by
Recorded2 October 1989, The Holy Echmiadzin Church, Armenia
GenreContemporary classical music, choral music
LabelSilva Screen Records
ProducerDavid Cunningham, Michael Nyman
Michael Nyman chronology
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Out of the Ruins
La Sept

The album, Nyman's fourteenth, was the first release by Nyman on which he did not perform but did produce, was released by Silva Screen Records and all proceeds from the sale of the album were donated to Aid Armenia.[2] The music became the basis of Nyman's String Quartet No. 3, which in turn became the basis of the score for Carrington. It also appeared in part in À la folie, in unreleased music from Practical Magic, and in The End of the Affair and The Claim.


  • Performed by the Holy Echmiadzin Chorus
  • Conducted by Khoren Meykhanejian
  • 40 Minutes Editor: Caroline Pick
  • Location Sound Recordist: David Briscome (BBC TV)
  • Post Production: PRT Studios, London
  • Engineer: Michael J. Dutton
  • Produced by David Cunningham and Michael Nyman
  • Special thanks to Ian Amos and George Kurkjian, OBE
  • Executive Producer for Silva Screen Records Ltd: Reynold Da Silva
  • CD Release Supervision: David Stoner and James Fitzpatrick
  • Photographs: Agniezka Piotrowska
  • Cover graphic design: Iain Macdonald
  • CD layout: The One Hand Clapping Company
  • Translation and transliteration of choral text: Mark Sarafyan


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