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Vocal & Piano Works By Jani Christou & Míkis Theodorakis

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Vocal & Piano Works By Jani Christou & Míkis Theodorakis
Vocal & Piano Works By Jani Christou & Míkis Theodorakis


Intersection: 1955 puts in perspective works by two of the most important Greek composers working in the second half of the 20th century and this new recording contains mostly PREMIERE RECORDINGS. In 1955, Mikis Theodorakis, as a student at the Paris Conservatory under Eugene Bigot and Olivier Messiaen, composed the music for the ballet Erofili, later renamed Passacailles pour deux pianos. Passacailles is perhaps the most atypical and enigmatic set of works written by Theodorakis, though it heralded his future development as a composer. The work is rich in contrasts and sonorities: from the sound painting of an archaic landscape of the beginning, to the evocation of a cathedral organ in the last number, the work foretells the future Theodorakis of the grand oratories, of the Axion Esti and Canto General. The two cycles of extreme beauty on the poems of Paul Eluard written in 1958 are particularly distinguished by their great economy of means in harmonic writing and their use of a kind of Byzantine ison. The Six T. S. Eliot Songs by Jani Christou written in 1955, are the culmination of his period of acoustic compositions, long before he turned to the world of electroacoustic music or constructions which combined three artistic principles, music, dance and theatre, in the same work. Christous music perfectly reflects the atmosphere of Eliots poetry, and reveals the composers immense talent, as well as his ability to move audiences and interpreters alike. The use of the voice is very different from one melody to another, though the technical means employed are relatively similar. It offers the composer scope for exploration with regards to expression, musical discourse, the transformation of acoustical energies into music, the notion of praxis and dramatic action. The featured song cycles are performed by the distinguished mezzo-soprano Angelica Cathariou whose recordings of vocal works by Nikos Skalkottas, Iannis Xenakis and Manuel de Falla have received international critical acclaim. Pianists Nikolaos Samaltanos and Christophe Sirodeau, following internationally recognised recordings on music of Nikos Skalkottas, Samuil Feinberg and Viktor Ullmann among many others, complete this album with the Prelude and Fugue by Jani Christou. This early work was composed in 1944 in Egypt, at a time when Christou was studying piano with the famous Austro-Greek pianist Gina Bachauer, long before his studies of philosophy at Cambridge and music with Vito Frazzi, and Hans F. Redlich.


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  2. Mikis Theodorakis : Erofili - Passacailles For Two Pianos (1955)
  3. Les Quatre Eluard "Jours De Pluie" (1958)
  4. Les Six Eluard "Medieuses" (1958)
  5. Jani Christou: Six T. S. Eliot Songs (1949-1955)
  6. Prelude And Fugue For Two Pianos (1944)
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