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Zorba's Dance: Greek Music For Solo Piano

Theodorakis / Psathas / Kalomiris / Mastoyiannis
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1381   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Yiannis KonstantinidisManolis KalomirisManos HadjidakisMikis Theodorakis,   ... 
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ZORBA’S DANCE Dino Mastroyiannis (pn) MSR 1381 (77:28)


HADJIDAKIS Ionian Suite: excerpts. For a Little White Seashell: excerpts. Folkloric Paintings: excerpts. KALOMIRIS Nocturne. KONSTANTINIDIS 44 Miniatures Read more on Original Greek Folk-Tunes. 8 Greek Island Dances. PSATHAS Waiting for the Aeroplane. THEODORAKIS Prelude No. 1. Finale. Zorba’s Dance


This affectionately well-played collection of solo Greek piano music makes no pretense to be anything else but a tribute to traditional folk-based nationalistic material. There is certainly a robust Greek avant-garde music scene, but it is not to be heard here. Pianist Mastroyiannis calls his selections “Greek pianistic gems,” forming a musical necklace. To be honest, with the exception of two composers who happen to be, respectively, the oldest and the youngest of the group, Manos Kalomiris and John Psathas, the music could have all come from the same pen. Not to say that the music is repetitive, but the folk motifs and dance rhythms tend to be recycled from work to work. This is a pattern that can be heard in folkloric music everywhere, including Russia, Hungary, Norway, Ireland, and America, to name some of the more significant bodies of such work. And how else to conclude such a collection but with the most famous of all such Greek melodies, the dance from the film Zorba the Greek , by Mikis Theodorakis, which might as well be the national anthem. Dino Mastroyiannis plays it all with authority and panache.


As for the aforementioned standouts, the lovely nocturne of Kalomoris is more akin to the cosmopolitan model of Chopin, even though the early 20th-century composer was one of the leaders of the modern Greek musical establishment, a founder of two major conservatories and the Union of Greek Composers. John Psathas, born in 1966, eschews any clichés in his introspective, slightly jazzy impression of a leave-taking at an airport, with the hum of the plane’s motor mimicked in an oscillating pattern in the left hand. The emotions he evokes are universal, even if the balance of this recital is derived from a specific ethnic vocabulary.


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Works on This Recording

1.
44 Miniatures on Original Greek Folk-Tunes "Pieces for Children": Volume 1. Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 1 by Yiannis Konstantinidis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
44 Miniatures on Original Greek Folk-Tunes "Pieces for Children": Volume 2. Nos. 19, 21, 25, 26, 28, by Yiannis Konstantinidis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
44 Miniatures on Original Greek Folk-Tunes "Pieces for Children": Volume 3. Nos. 31, 34, 35, 37, 42, by Yiannis Konstantinidis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Nocturne, for piano by Manolis Kalomiris
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Ionian Suite: Sarabande by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Written: 1952-1953 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6.
Ionian Suite: Song by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Written: 1952-1953 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Ionian Suite: Dance in 5/8 by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Written: 1952-1953 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
8.
For a Little White Seashell: Syrtos by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
For a Little White Seashell: Kalamatianos by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
10.
For a Little White Seashell: Grand Sousta by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11.
Greek Island Dances (8), for piano by Yiannis Konstantinidis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 
12.
Prelude No. 1, for piano by Mikis Theodorakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
13.
Petite Suite: Finale - Andante mosso by Mikis Theodorakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
14.
Waiting for the Aeroplane, for piano by John Psathas
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
15.
22 Dodecanesian Songs and Dances: Tragoude tou gamou (Rhodes) by Yiannis Konstantinidis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
16.
22 Dodecanesian Songs and Dances: Vostsikata (Kalymnos) by Yiannis Konstantinidis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
17.
22 Dodecanesian Songs and Dances: Kalada tou Lazarou (Rhodes) by Yiannis Konstantinidis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
18.
22 Dodecanesian Songs and Dances: To pathos (Kassos) by Yiannis Konstantinidis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
19.
22 Dodecanesian Songs and Dances: Tragoudi tou gamou & Sousta (Rhodes) by Yiannis Konstantinidis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
20.
Six Folklore Paintings: Cloudy Sunday by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
21.
Six Folklore Paintings: Bachtse Tsifliki by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
22.
Six Folklore Paintings: The Coach in the Rain by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
23.
Zorba: Zorba's Dance by Mikis Theodorakis
Performer:  Dino Mastroyiannis (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: Greece 
Venue:  Laboratory for Environmental Communicati 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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