ECM new series  Release date: 18.11.2016

ELENI KARAINDROU: DAVID

Kim Kashkashian Viola
Eleni Karaindrou Ensemble  
Camerata Orchestra  
Alexandros Myrat Conductor

Release date: 18.11.2016
ECM 2221

The stage cantata David features Eleni Karaindrou’s music for a unique piece of Aegean drama, a verse play with words by an unknown 18th century poet from the island of Chios. Its text (first published only in 1979), invites a musical response and Greek composer Karaindrou rises splendidly to the challenge, imaginatively moving between past and present in her settings for mezzo-soprano and baritone singers, instrumental soloists, choir and orchestra. Kim Kashkashian’s evocative viola against strings may trigger associations with Karaindrou’s acclaimed writing for Ulysses’ Gaze.

Recorded live at the Athens Megaron, it was edited and mixed by Manfred Eicher and Nikos Espialdis for CD release.

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HATZIS: Flute Concertos - Departures / Overscript

P.Gallois,Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra,Myrat

 

Raymond Tuttle

Fanfare, September 2014

Gallois is a masterful flutist and he does everything he can, and more…The Greek orchestra…[responds] to the music’s theatricality, and that counts for a lot. Conductor Myrat is a longstanding advocate for Hatzis’ music, and his contributions to this release are sensitive and understanding. © 2014 Fanfare Readcomplete review

 

Laurence Vittes

Gramophone, September 2014

Gallois plays brilliantly and…sympathetically partnered by the Thessaloniki orchestra with its silky strings and poetic woodwinds (particularly bassoonist Georgios Politis), conducted by Alexandre Myrat, its Music Director since 2011. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone Bob McQuiston

 

Classical Lost and Found, June 2014

…French flutist Patrick Gallois gives stellar performances of both concertos, and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (TSSO) under conductor Alexandre Myrat provide outstanding support. Made at the TSSO Concert Hall in Greece, the recordings are excellent projecting a convincing sonic image in an accommodating acoustic. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

 

Alison Melville

The WholeNote, June 2014

Under Alexandre Myrat’s first-rate direction, the orchestra plays in lively and expressive fashion throughout, and Gallois is his usual elegant, musically effervescent and technically brilliant self. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review

  

Infodad.com, May 2014

The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra under Alexandre Myrat…is sturdy and serviceable and commands a string section quite strong enough to put these concertos across effectively. Both these works are world première recordings, and they will likely whet many listeners’ appetites for more music by Hatzis… © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review

 

David Denton

David's Review Corner, May 2014

As for the performances, the renowned French flautist, Patrick Gallois, is a very persuasive advocate of Hatzis, his technical brilliance and agility placed at the service of both works, while the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, prove once again that they are an ensemble of outstanding quality. Excellent sound. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

 


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Karaindrou, who has written music for

Angelopoulos’s films for more than 25 years

describes her first reading of the shooting script for “Dust of Time” as “a moving surprise”.

For the first time in an Angelopoulos film there is a scene with an orchestra, a conductor, a pianist and a composer: a rehearsal of the music score for the film within the filmof A. “The musical theme that I was supposed to write for this scene, an important reference to my collaboration with Theo Angelopoulos, in essence was meant to be one of the main themes of ‘Dust of Time’, where past and present intertwine.”

This became the “Dance Theme” heard in three versions on the present recording, one with the

Hellenic Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexandros Myrat, the formation shown in the scene shot in the Athens Concert Hall. For all variations of the main themes, Karaindrou

collaborated with members of the Camerata Friends of Music Orchestra.

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