Greek Classics - Markopoulos: Shapes in Motion, Concerto-Rhapsody, etc / Grauwels, Papatheodorou, et al

> 24 Pyrrichioi Dances - 24 Pyrrichioi Dances: Pyrrichios Dance No. 13, "Nemesis"
> Shapes in Motion - I. Allegro
> Shapes in Motion - II. Moderato
> Shapes in Motion - III. Allegro presto
> Triptych for Flute, Strings and Harp - I. Mitir (Mother): Andante moderato
> Triptych for Flute, Strings and Harp - II. Esperio Fos (Evening Light): Adagio
> Triptych for Flute, Strings and Harp - III. Agapi (Love): Andantino scherzoso
> Concerto-Rhapsody - I. Andantino
> Concerto-Rhapsody - II. Allegro moderato
> Concerto-Rhapsody - III. Pyrrichios: Presto
> Little Fantasy - Little Fantasy
> 2 Classical Sketches - 2 Classical Sketches: No. 2. Lamento
> Evilia Topia (Sunlit Landscapes) - Evilia Topia (Sunlit Landscapes)

Album Summary

>Markopoulos, Yannis : 24 Pyrrichioi Dances
>Markopoulos, Yannis : Concerto for Piano ("Shapes in Motion")
>Markopoulos, Yannis : Triptych for flute, harp & strings
>Markopoulos, Yannis : Concerto-Rhapsody, for lyre & orchestra
>Markopoulos, Yannis : Little Fantasy, for flute & piano
>Markopoulos, Yannis : Classical Sketches (2), for flute & string sextet
>Markopoulos, Yannis : Evilia Topia (Sunlight Landscapes), fantasy for solo flute
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

To honour the most representative instrument of his native Crete, Yannis Markopoulos composed his melodious 'Concerto-Rhapsody for Lyre' in which the exotic solo instrument and orchestra display an engaging, symbiotic relationship. His 'Triptych' awakens the listener's imagination with the contrasting sonorities of flute, harp and strings, while 'Shapes in Motion' establishes from primordial ideas a harmonious balance between solo piano and orchestra. The shorter works showcase his graceful musicality, love of ancient myths and concern for the environment.

"Yannis Markopoulos was born in Crete in 1939, studied in Athens, and remained in Greece until the coup of 1967, when he left for London to further enhance his studies with Elizabeth Luytens. He is a highly prolific composer and used traditional melodic (and thoroughly romantic) motifs common to the music of the eastern Mediterranean...Shapes in Motion is a piano concerto from 1999 that rollicks along with many of the lilting cadences of the previous Pyrrichios Dance No. 13...The dance elements in the Concerto-Rhapsody for Lyre and Symphony (1986) hark back to the middle ages...'Little Fantasy' (2005) is a gem...I can't think of anyone not liking this music. Markopoulos is a dyed-in-the-wool romantic from the island of Crete." - American Record Guide



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Works Details

>Markopoulos, Yannis : 24 Pyrrichioi Dances :: Pyrrichios Dance no 13, "Nemesis"
  • Performer: Marc Grauwels (Flute)
  • Conductor: Michel Tilkin
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966-2001

>Markopoulos, Yannis : Concerto for Piano ("Shapes in Motion")
  • Performer: Dimitri Papatheodorou (Piano)
  • Conductor: Edwig Abrath
  • Ensemble: Flanders Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio Steurbaut, Ghent, Belgium (09/19/2007-09/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Markopoulos, Yannis : Triptych for flute, harp & strings
  • Performers: Sophie Hallynck (Harp); Marc Grauwels (Flute)
  • Conductor: Iannis Leonidakis
  • Ensemble: Brussels Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 14 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969

>Markopoulos, Yannis : Concerto-Rhapsody, for lyre & orchestra
  • Conductor: Edwig Abrath
  • Ensemble: Flanders Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio Steurbaut, Ghent, Belgium (09/19/2007-09/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Markopoulos, Yannis : Little Fantasy, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Dalia Ouziel (Piano); Marc Grauwels (Flute)
  • Notes: Studio Steurbaut, Ghent, Belgium (09/19/2007-09/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Markopoulos, Yannis : Classical Sketches (2), for flute & string sextet :: 2. Lamento
  • Performers: Sophie Hallynck (Harp); Marc Grauwels (Flute)
  • Conductor: Iannis Leonidakis
  • Ensemble: Brussels Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1958

>Markopoulos, Yannis : Evilia Topia (Sunlight Landscapes), fantasy for solo flute
  • Performer: Marc Grauwels (Flute)
  • Notes: Studio Steurbaut, Ghent, Belgium (09/19/2007-09/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007