New Skalkottas' piano works cd

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New Skalkottas' piano works cd

Post by Rach3 » Sat May 11, 2019 10:57 am

I've been tempted in the past to acquires some of his music , but have not to date.
From BIS:
Nikos Skalkottas

Lorenda Ramou,piano

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SACD Hybrid
Release date
May 2019
Total time

"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.’" ... skalkottas

Fww: ( Suite No.3,1941,Stefan Schleiermacher ) ( Suite No.4,1941, Schleiermacher probably ) (Fifteen Little Variations,1927, Schleiermacher ? )

The first two works are on the BIS cd. All 3 works very short, more interesting,more accessible than I feared, but probably not a purchase for me. A real workout for the pianist.

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Re: New Skalkottas' piano works cd

Post by Heck148 » Sat May 11, 2019 5:17 pm

a few years back played some of his Greek Dances for Orchestra....very fun to play, a bit like "Greek" Bartok!!

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Re: New Skalkottas' piano works cd

Post by some guy » Tue May 21, 2019 4:09 am

Skalkottas is a delightful and delightfully varied composer. He wrote a lot of things that more timid listeners can like instantly. And he wrote a lot of things that less timid listeners can like instantly. This piece, from 1942, was one of the two pantonal pieces that first really tickled my ears. (Even I had my deaf spots....)

The other was Santórsola's concerto for two guitars and orchestra.

Charming music.

Anyway, Rach3, yes, give your ears a treat and buy some Skalkottas. Even if you regret it at first, there will come a day....
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Re: New Skalkottas' piano works cd

Post by Lance » Tue May 21, 2019 11:04 am

I am reminded of a delightful two-CD set pianist Idith Meshulam-Korman gave me back in 2008. On the GM label [catalogue 2074], it contained 32 piano pieces. Even pianists such as Shura Cherkassky played his work in concert. Thanks to conductors such as Dimitri Mitropoulos and John Gibbons, the name of Skalkottas has been kept alive. Now it looks like his piano music is being heard and recorded more frequently.
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When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]


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