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KALOMIRIS, Manolis (1883 - 1962)

COMPLETE SOLO PIANO WORK


  • Olivier Chauzu, piano

Recognised as the father of modern Greek music, Manolis Kalomiris was also devoted to education, as can be heard in the superbly crafted volumes For Greek Children written throughout his life. Kalomiris’ early piano works build on the Romantic legacy of Chopin and Liszt, the Ballades filled with poetic references. The later Rhapsodies and Preludes demonstrate how far the composer, now free from the Romantic influence of his years in Vienna, had moved towards creating a Greek national school based both on authentic Greek folk songs and on the most advanced musical techniques.

Tracklist

1
Ballade No. 1 in E Minor (1905) (00:04:36)
2
Ballade No. 2 in A-Flat Major (1905) * (00:04:29)
3
Ballade No. 3 in E-Flat Minor (1906) (00:04:56)
4
Rhapsody No. 1 (1921) (00:06:06)
5
Rhapsody No. 2, "Chant à la nuit" (Song to the Night) (1921) (00:08:02)
 
5 Preludes (1939) (00:12:15 )
6
No. 1. Molto agitato ed appassionato (00:02:01)
7
No. 2. Andantino piacevole (00:02:23)
8
No. 3. Appassionato con moto (00:01:31)
9
No. 4. Quasi recitativo - Andantino quasi allegretto (00:02:00)
10
No. 5. Leventika: Assai vivo e vigoroso (00:02:33)
11
Nocturne (1906) (00:05:15)
12
Patinadha (Serenade) (1907) * (00:03:35)
 
Ya ta hellinopoula (For Greek Children), Vol. 1 (1912) (00:06:14 )
13
I. Moderato (00:03:27)
14
II. Vivo (00:01:07)
15
III. Vivo (00:00:50)
16
IV. Allegretto moderato (00:00:56)
 
Ya ta hellinopoula (For Greek Children), Vol. 2 (1939) (00:05:47 )
17
I. Andantino - Più mosso - Tempo I (00:01:40)
18
II. Little Patadina: Allegretto moderato poco più mosso - Tempo I (00:02:53)
19
III. Perpetuum mobile: Vivace (00:01:16)
 
Ya ta hellinopoula (For Greek Children), Vol. 3 (1949) (00:08:23 )
20
I. Little Variations on a Dance Song: Allegretto con grazia (00:00:58)
21
II. Little Prelude: Vivo (00:00:41)
22
III. Fughetta for 3 voices: Con brio (00:01:39)
23
IV. Evening Song: Molto calmo (00:01:38)
24
Anatoliki zografia (Oriental Picture) (1902) * (00:05:11)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:09:43

The Artist

Chauzu, Olivier

Pianist Olivier Chauzu trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he obtained First Prize for Piano followed by First Prize in Chamber music, studying under Gabriel Tacchino, Théodore Paraschivesko, Jean-Claude Pennetier and György Sebök. He was also a pupil of Leon Fleisher, Vitaly Margoulis and Dimitri Bashkirov before further studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. A prizewinner in Barcelona’s 1989 Maria Canals International competition, he went on to be awarded the Prix Claude Debussy in the Yvonne Lefébure competition in Saint-Germain-en-Laye the following year.