Topos: 20th-Century Greek Orchestral Music | Naxos 8574436

Topos: 20th-Century Greek Orchestral Music


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574436

Barcode: 0747313443673

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 25th August 2023



Greek-Cypriot composer Solon Michaelides’s evocative Dawn at the Parthenon is infused with impressionist elements whereas Manolis Kalomiris, the leading figure in Greek national music, turns more to the voluptuous richness of Rimsky-Korsakov in his Island Pictures. Yannis Constantinidis’s two suites are notable for their subtle dance rhythms and expert orchestration while Nikos Skalkottas’s ingenious Greek Dances, one of his most popular works, are heard here in an edition for string orchestra by his friend, the conductor and composer Walter Goehr.

Gramophone praised Skalkottas’s 36 Greek Dances which can be heard on 8574182: ‘Recorded with due clarity and immediacy, this release is an ideal way into a defining period of Skalkottas’s musical evolution, and an ideal introduction to his orchestral work in general’.

Kalomiris’s works can be heard on 8572451: ‘Performances that are equally full of expertise, verve, and passion’ (Fanfare). His Symphony no.3 is on 8557970: ‘A superb ear-opener and one that certainly augurs well for the forthcoming instalments in what seems to be Naxos’s Greek Classics series’, wrote Musicweb International.

Violinist Noé Inui has been internationally recognised at the 2005 Sibelius Competition, the 2007 Louis Spohr Medal, and the 2009 Young Concert Artists/New York, among others. He received the Incentive Prize for Young Artists from the German federal state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. At the Verbier Festival Academy in 2012, he was awarded the coveted Prix Julius Bär, presented to a musician of exceptional talent. It led to an invitation to the festival’s 2013 edition. In 2020 the Concertgebouw Amsterdam selected Noé as one of their ‘Classical Futures Europe Artists’.

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