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Skalkottas - The Sea

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1384 CD
Release date2005-12-28
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time72:44

Classics Today 10/10.

In accounts of Skalkottas's life, the point is often made that the young man who was so highly thought of by his teacher Schoenberg in cosmopolitan Berlin, by returning to Greece in 1933 closed the door on a brilliant international career as a composer. In his introduction to the present disc, Byron Fidetzis (appearing on BIS for the first time) makes a case for the reasons Skalkottas (1904-49) may have had for remaining in Greece in spite of his difficult situation, emphasizing the composer's need to stay in touch and in dialogue with his cultural heritage. This same wish may also have been the motivation for Skalkottas’s “re-discovery” of tonality, leading him to compose at least a large part of his later orchestral works in a more traditional idiom. Thus, in Fidetzis’s words, Skalkottas’s “development ran in a direction quite contrary to that of other important Greek composers of his generation.” The works on the present disc are all examples of this – they are all tonal, and all with strong Greek associations. The Sea in his ballet suite is really the Aegean, with its fishermen and dolphins, and the rural scenes in the Four Images could have taken place in any Greek village. This, our seventh disc of Skalkottas’s orchestral music, also includes a curiosity: the composer's very first orchestral score, an orchestration of Fête crétoise by the great Greek conductor Dmitris Mitropoulos.

Some press voices:

"All of the music here is extremely well played and conducted. It's obvious that Byron Fidetzis finds the idiom comfortable, and the Iceland Symphony sounds terrific thanks to typically resplendent BIS engineering. This one's a no-brainer: buy it." 2006

" The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, which by now has plenty if Skalkottas under its belt, plays with entirely idiomatic enthusiasm, in lively, colourful performances in top-notch sound." International Record Review 04/2006
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Skalkottas, Nikos
  The Sea, Ballet Suite 44:04
01 I. Prelude 04:56 $ 1.04 USD
02 II. The Child of the Sea 03:01 $ 0.63 USD
03 III. Dance of the Waves 03:00 $ 0.63 USD
04 IV. The Trawl 03:30 $ 0.74 USD
05 V. The Little Fish 02:15 $ 0.47 USD
06 VI. The Dolphins 05:04 $ 1.06 USD
07 VII. Nocturne 04:53 $ 1.03 USD
08 VIII. The Preparation of the Mermaid 02:36 $ 0.55 USD
09 IX. Dance of the Mermaid 02:31 $ 0.53 USD
10 X. The Tale of Alexander the Great 07:36 $ 1.60 USD
11 XI. Finale. Hymn to the Sea 04:42 $ 0.99 USD
  Composer: Skalkottas, Nikos
  Four Images 13:31
12 I. The Harvest 03:21 $ 0.70 USD
13 II. The Sowing 05:01 $ 1.05 USD
14 III. The Vintage 02:42 $ 0.57 USD
15 IV. The Grape Stomping 02:27 $ 0.51 USD
  Composer: Mitropoulos, Dimitris
16 Cretan Feast (Fête crétoise) 07:20 $ 1.54 USD
  Composer: Skalkottas, Nikos
17 Greek Dance in C minor 05:07 $ 1.07 USD
  Album total 72:44
ComposerMitropoulos, Dimitris
Skalkottas, Nikos
OrchestraIceland Symphony Orchestra
ConductorFidetzis, Byron

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