The Mystery of Christmas: Greek Kalanda - Carols by Cilia Petridou | Divine Art DDA25186

The Mystery of Christmas: Greek Kalanda - Carols by Cilia Petridou


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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: DDA25186

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 9th November 2018



There is a tradition among the Greek peoples of the singing of carols ('Kalanda') on Christmas Eve. This album is a set
of carols newly composed by Greek-Cypriot composer Cilia Petridou. As musical works they also qualify as art-song
in fine performances by three excellent sopranos. For those who love Christmas music but want something new, this
album will fit the bill. The three sopranos each take a number of solo carols and form a trio for the last two; Lesley-
and Alison have both worked with the composer for some time and also made several highly-praised recordings
for Divine Art and Metier. Cilia Petridou was an accomplished pianist until her career was ended by major surgery,
since when she has concentrated on composition. Moving with her family to the UK after the Turkish invasion of
north Cyprus which destroyed their home town of Famagusta, her music is often informed by that political tragedy,
but her Kalanda are bright and full of joy.

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