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Theodorakis: Axion Esti - Lobgepriesen Sei

Release Date: 03/28/2000 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 9352   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Mikis Theodorakis
Performer:  Gothart StierFriedrich Wilhelm JungeLakis KarnezisErik Kross,   ... 
Conductor:  Mikis Theodorakis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz ChoirDresden Philharmonic Children's ChorusDresden Carl Maria von Weber School Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is probably best known for the soundtrack to the film 'Zorba the Greek,' but he has produced an extensive body of concert music and includes Olivier Messiaen among his teachers. Much of his work has a political subtext and attempts a synthesis of popular, folk and classical symphonic styles, communicating directly with simple rhythms and a pared-down harmonic vocabulary reminiscent of Carl Orff. The oratorio "axion esti" is a setting of a poem by Nobel Prize winner Odysseus Elytis that refers to events of the Second World War and the subsequent German-Italian occupation of Greece. The nationalist flavor of the piece is underscored by the use of Byzantine church music, Greek folk dances and native instruments Read more such as the bouzouki, in addition to a vocalist cast as a "folk singer." This 1983 Dresden performance, conducted by Theodorakis himself, is sung in German. Read less

Works on This Recording

Axion esti by Mikis Theodorakis
Performer:  Gothart Stier (Bass), Friedrich Wilhelm Junge (Spoken Vocals), Lakis Karnezis (Bouzouki),
Erik Kross (Sandouri), Gunter Emmerlich (Bass)
Conductor:  Mikis Theodorakis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Dresden Philharmonic Children's Chorus,  Dresden Carl Maria von Weber School Orchestra  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963/1993; Greece 

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