Lorenda Ramou – From Berlin to Athens: Piano Works by Nikos Skalkottas (2019) [FLAC 24 bit, 96 kHz]

Lorenda Ramou - From Berlin to Athens: Piano Works by Nikos Skalkottas (2019) [FLAC 24 bit, 96 kHz] Download

Artist: Lorenda Ramou
Album: From Berlin to Athens: Piano Works by Nikos Skalkottas
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2019
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 96 kHz
Duration: 01:27:43
Total Tracks: 31
Total Size: 1,23 GB

Tracklist:

1. Lorenda Ramou – Greek Suite, AK 79a: I. Allegretto (03:00)
2. Lorenda Ramou – Greek Suite, AK 79a: II. Andantino (02:01)
3. Lorenda Ramou – Greek Suite, AK 79a: III. Presto – Andantino (02:21)
4. Lorenda Ramou – I. — [Fragment] (03:07)
5. Lorenda Ramou – II. Molto moderato (04:50)
6. Lorenda Ramou – III. Shimmy Tempo (05:03)
7. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Sonatina, AK 75b: I. Allegretto vivace (01:24)
8. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Sonatina, AK 75b: II. Siciliano (02:46)
9. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Sonatina, AK 75b: III. Finale (03:16)
10. Lorenda Ramou – 15 Small Variations, AK 75c (08:33)
11. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 2, AK 72: I. Largo (02:09)
12. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 2, AK 72: II. Gavottes I & II (02:19)
13. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 2, AK 72: III. Rapsodie. Molto moderato (01:32)
14. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 2, AK 72: IV. Marsch. Allegro (03:04)
15. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 3, AK 73: I. Menuetto (03:09)
16. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 3, AK 73: II. Thema con variazioni. Lento (02:23)
17. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 3, AK 73: III. Marcia funebra. Maestoso (04:57)
18. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 3, AK 73: IV. Finale. Allegro vivace (01:36)
19. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 4, AK 74: I. Toccata. Vivace (01:08)
20. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 4, AK 74: II. Andantino. Con grazia (02:00)
21. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 4, AK 74: III. Polka. Tempo di polka moderato (01:47)
22. Lorenda Ramou – Piano Suite No. 4, AK 74: IV. Serenade. Allegro moderato (02:54)
23. Lorenda Ramou – Dance Suite from “The Gnomes”, Pt. 1: I. Introduction (01:09)
24. Lorenda Ramou – Dance Suite from “The Gnomes”, Pt. 1: II. Exertion (02:41)
25. Lorenda Ramou – Dance Suite from “The Gnomes”, Pt. 1: III. Majestic Dance (02:31)
26. Lorenda Ramou – Dance Suite from “The Gnomes”, Pt. 1: IV. Fast Cretan Dance (02:18)
27. Lorenda Ramou – Dance Suite from “The Gnomes”, Pt. 1: V. Intermezzo lirico (02:52)
28. Lorenda Ramou – Dance Suite from “The Gnomes”, Pt. 1: VI. Finale I (02:55)
29. Lorenda Ramou – Dance Suite from “The Gnomes”, Pt. 2: I. Epilogue (01:34)
30. Lorenda Ramou – Dance Suite from “The Gnomes”, Pt. 2: II. Intermezzo (Chorale) (04:08)
31. Lorenda Ramou – Dance Suite from “The Gnomes”, Pt. 2: III. Finale II (02:04)

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The choice of works on this amply filled album, as well as the performances are the result of Lorenda Ramou’s research into the artistic environment of Nikos Skalkottas, in Berlin (1921–33) and in Athens (1933–49). The programme is organized as a triptych, focusing on three distinctive compositional styles. First, all surviving Berlin works for piano solo are presented in chronological order, showing how the young composer was reacting to the new and exciting jazz/dance music, but also to the people around him and to events in the musical world of Berlin in the 1920s. This is followed by Suites Nos 2, 3 and 4, a group of mature works composed at the beginning of World War II (1940–41). Closing the release, finally, is the dance suite The Gnomes, probably composed in 1939 and one of a group of piano scores for ballets with Greek subjects. Lorenda Ramou has previously released ‘The Land and the Sea of Greece’ – an album of precisely such scores by Skalkottas – which earned her praise from the reviewer in Gramophone: ‘Her playing is full of verve and alive to the delicacy of Skalkottas’s writing.’

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