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From Berlin to Athens: Piano Music by Nikos Skalkottas

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Catalogue numberBIS-2364 SACD
Release date2019-05-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time87:43

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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  Composer: Skalkottas, Nikos
  Griechische Suite (1924) 07:22
01 I. Allegretto 03:00 $ 0.72 USD
02 II. Andantino 02:01 $ 0.48 USD
03 III. Presto - Andantino - Prestissimo 02:21 $ 0.56 USD
 
  (Suite) (1924) 13:00
04 I. [without tempo marking] 03:07 $ 0.75 USD
05 II. Molto moderato 04:50 $ 1.16 USD
06 III. Shimmy tempo 05:03 $ 1.21 USD
 
  Sonatina (1927) 07:26
07 I. Allegretto vivace 01:24 $ 0.34 USD
08 II. Siciliano 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
09 III. [Finale] 03:16 $ 0.78 USD
 
10 15 kleine Variationen für Klavier (1927) 08:33 $ 2.05 USD
 
  Suite No. 2 (1940) 09:04
11 I. Largo. Con fantasia 02:09 $ 0.52 USD
12 II. Gavotte I & II. Moderato assai 02:19 $ 0.56 USD
13 III. Rapsodie. Molto moderato 01:32 $ 0.37 USD
14 IV. Marsch. Allegro - Trio 03:04 $ 0.74 USD
 
  Suite No. 3 (1941) 12:05
15 I. Minuetto 03:09 $ 0.76 USD
16 II. Thema con variazioni. 02:23 $ 0.57 USD
17 III. Marcia funebra. Maestoso 04:57 $ 1.19 USD
18 IV. Finale. Allegro vivace 01:36 $ 0.38 USD
 
  Suite No. 4 (1941) 07:49
19 I. Toccata. Vivace 01:08 $ 0.27 USD
20 II. Andantino. Con grazia 02:00 $ 0.48 USD
21 III. Polka. Tempo di Polka moderato — Trio. Più calmo 01:47 $ 0.43 USD
22 IV. Serenade. Allegro moderato 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
 
  The Gnomes (1939?) Dance Suite for Piano First Part 14:26
23 I. Introduction. Ritmato 01:09 $ 0.28 USD
24 II. Exertion. Moderato 02:41 $ 0.64 USD
25 III. Majestic Dance. Maestoso 02:31 $ 0.60 USD
26 IV. Fast Cretan Dance. [Allegretto moderato] 02:18 $ 0.55 USD
27 V. Intermezzo lirico. Andantino grazioso 02:52 $ 0.69 USD
28 VI. Finale I. Largo 02:55 $ 0.70 USD
 
  The Gnomes (1939?) Dance Suite for Piano Second Part 07:46
29 I. Epilogue. Allegretto 01:34 $ 0.38 USD
30 II. Intermezzo (Chorale). [Lento] 04:08 $ 0.99 USD
31 III. Finale II. Moderato 02:04 $ 0.50 USD
 
  Album total 87:43
ComposerSkalkottas, Nikos
PianoRamou, Lorenda

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