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Christos Hatzis: Constantinople / O'callaghan, Tollar, Et Al

Release Date: 06/19/2007 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29925  
Composer:  Christos Hatzis
Performer:  Annalee PatipatanakoonPatricia O'CallaghanMaryem TollarRoman Borys,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

Constantinople by Christos Hatzis
Performer:  Annalee Patipatanakoon (Violin), Patricia O'Callaghan (Soprano), Maryem Tollar (Voice),
Roman Borys (Cello), Jamie Parker (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

Customer Reviews

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 Listener Friendly Electro acoustic work April 15, 2016 By r. meehan (west hartford, CT) See All My Reviews "Christos Hatzis was born in 1953 in Greece. He has been living in Canada since the 1980’s and maintains dual citizenship. I bought “Going Home Star” and liked it enough to get more, so this will be an overview. There are samples of “Going Home Star” on this site. It is quite a marvel and deserves its own review. His music frequently involves voices, electronics and instruments, a genre I like a great deal. His music is tonal with sometimes a Christian Middle East flavor or Inuit throat singing and a little rock influence. I would put him in the same chapter with Jacob Ter Veldhuis, particularly Paradiso (but without Ter Veldhuis R rating). Neither composer is in the top tier of living composers but they are audience friendly (and not minimalists). Christos Hatzis, a little too frequently, uses large chunks of other composer’s work to build something new, always effective and cinematic if not altogether original. “Constantinople” is a cantata like work with 5 vocal sections and 3 sections with the Gryphon Trio alone. I like the vocal sections best though there is some fine “fiddling” in the trio sections. I don’t mean that derisively, the violin playing is superb. The two singers, one western soprano and one Middle Eastern both have fine voices. The sections are titled: Creeds, Kyrie, Odd World, Ah Kallelil, Dance of the Dictators, On Death and Dying, Old Photographs, and Alleluia in a blend of urban gospel, medieval chant, Sufi song and gypsy music. Additional vocals (and other sounds) including a Greek folk singer of a Byzantine poem are included on the electronic tape part in the vocal sections. The performances are all very good and well recorded. There are English translations of the texts. “Byzantium” again has an ethnic tone of Greece with voices, electronics and instruments. This would be a good disk to give to musically curious youth, classical but with a sound world they might find familiar and won’t drive you from the room. String Quartet #1 “the Awakening” (with tape) and “Going Home Star” are from the Inuit side of his work. The first quartet is a pleasant work but not up to the genius of George Crumb’s “Black Angels”. I haven’t heard the second quartet or the Flute Concertos yet." Report Abuse
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