Nikos Skalkottas (1904-1949) was versatile, inventive and prolific. To that effect, this CD works as a nice sampler of the composer's qualities. Two of the works (Mayday spell and the three Greek dances) are tonal, both employ Greek folk music motives, arranged in a neo-classical form and orchestrated in Skalkottas' unique manner. Christodoulou's interpretation is somewhat technical, yet still captures the magic of Skalkottas writing. The Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra is atonal and will most certainly appeal to hardened/converted fans. Expertly crafted music from an obscure genius deserving wider recognition.
Mayday Spell - A Fairy Drama, Symphonic Suite (1944-49) 1. I. Overture 8'08 2. II. Fairy Tale 7'14 3. III. Ballet - Dance of the Faires 3'29 4. IV. Love scene 1'19 5. V. Argyro´s Song 0'59 6. VI. Little Dance Song 0'55 7. VII. Folk-song 4'29 8. VIII. Short folk dance 0'43 9. IX. Prelude 0'58 10. X. The mother´s lament 4'27
Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra (1942) 11. I. Andante - Allegro 7'32 12. II. Andantino 4'30 13. III. Allegro vivo e molto ritmato 5'21
Three Greek Dances for strings (1936) 14. Nissiotikos 4'57 15. Tsamikos 2'10 16. Mazochtos 1'54
The attitude of the gallant Six Hundred which so aroused Lord Tennyson's admiration arose from the fact that the least disposition to ask the reason why was discouraged by tricing the would-be inquirer to the triangle and flogging him into insensibility.
Advance to Barbarism
(Mitre Press, 1968).
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