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From Berlin to Athens: Piano Music by Nikos Skalkottas

Composer Nikos Skalkottas
Performer Lorenda Ramou
Period Modernism
Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2364 SACD
EAN 7318599923642
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2019
Total time 87'43


The choice of works on this amply filled disc, as well as the performances are the result of Lorenda Ramou’s research into the artistic environment of Nikos Skalkottas, in Berlin (1921–33) and in Athens (1933–49). The programme is organized as a triptych, focusing on three distinctive compositional styles. First, all surviving Berlin works for piano solo are presented in chronological order, showing how&&& the young composer was reacting to the new and exciting jazz/dance music, but also to the people around him and to events in the musical world of Berlin in the 1920s. This is followed by Suites Nos 2, 3 and 4, a group of mature works composed at the beginning of World War II (1940–41). Closing the disc, finally, is the dance suite The Gnomes, probably composed in 1939 and one of a group of piano scores for ballets with Greek subjects. Lorenda Ramou has previously released ‘The Land and the Sea of Greece’ – a disc of precisely such scores by Skalkottas – which earned her praise from the reviewer in Gramophone: ‘Her playing is full of verve and alive to the delicacy of Skalkottas’s writing.’
 
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  Nikos Skalkottas
  Griechische Suite (1924) 7'22
01 I. Allegretto 3'00
02 II. Andantino 2'01
03 III. Presto - Andantino - Prestissimo 2'21
 
  (Suite) (1924) 13'00
04 I. [without tempo marking] 3'07
05 II. Molto moderato 4'50
06 III. Shimmy tempo 5'03
 
  Sonatina (1927) 7'26
07 I. Allegretto vivace 1'24
08 II. Siciliano 2'46
09 III. [Finale] 3'16
 
10 15 kleine Variationen für Klavier (1927) 8'33
 
  Suite No. 2 (1940) 9'04
11 I. Largo. Con fantasia 2'09
12 II. Gavotte I & II. Moderato assai 2'19
13 III. Rapsodie. Molto moderato 1'32
14 IV. Marsch. Allegro - Trio 3'04
 
  Suite No. 3 (1941) 12'05
15 I. Minuetto 3'09
16 II. Thema con variazioni. 2'23
17 III. Marcia funebra. Maestoso 4'57
18 IV. Finale. Allegro vivace 1'36
 
  Suite No. 4 (1941) 7'49
19 I. Toccata. Vivace 1'08
20 II. Andantino. Con grazia 2'00
21 III. Polka. Tempo di Polka moderato — Trio. Più calmo 1'47
22 IV. Serenade. Allegro moderato 2'54
 
  The Gnomes (1939?) Dance Suite for Piano First Part 14'26
23 I. Introduction. Ritmato 1'09
24 II. Exertion. Moderato 2'41
25 III. Majestic Dance. Maestoso 2'31
26 IV. Fast Cretan Dance. [Allegretto moderato] 2'18
27 V. Intermezzo lirico. Andantino grazioso 2'52
28 VI. Finale I. Largo 2'55
 
  The Gnomes (1939?) Dance Suite for Piano Second Part 7'46
29 I. Epilogue. Allegretto 1'34
30 II. Intermezzo (Chorale). [Lento] 4'08
31 III. Finale II. Moderato 2'04
 
  Album total 87'43
ComposerSkalkottas, Nikos
PianoRamou, Lorenda

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