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Songs and chamber music of Cilia Petridou: Sounds of the Chionistra / Alison Smart, Lesley-Jane Rogers, Jennie-Helen Moston et al.

Audio Samples

>Petridou, Cillia : The Grocer, for 2 sopranos & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Sirens, for 2 sopranos & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Kyrenia, for 2 sopranos & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : What Love Is, for soprano & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Mirrors, for soprano & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Optimism, for soprano & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : The Seige, for 2 sopranos & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Evtho, for 2 sopranos, baritone, violin, cello, clarinet & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Quartet for Piano and Strings "Memories"
>Petridou, Cillia : Quartet for Strings "The Collar"
>Petridou, Cillia : Trio for Piano and Strings "Black July 1974"
>Petridou, Cillia : Crocus on the Chionistra, for violin & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : First Applause, for violin & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Catch Me if you Can, for violin & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Into Exile, for violin & piano

Album Summary

>Petridou, Cillia : The Grocer, for 2 sopranos & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Sirens, for 2 sopranos & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Kyrenia, for 2 sopranos & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : What Love Is, for soprano & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Mirrors, for soprano & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Optimism, for soprano & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : The Seige, for 2 sopranos & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Evtho, for 2 sopranos, baritone, violin, cello, clarinet & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Quartet for Piano and Strings "Memories"
>Petridou, Cillia : Quartet for Strings "The Collar"
>Petridou, Cillia : Trio for Piano and Strings "Black July 1974"
>Petridou, Cillia : Crocus on the Chionistra, for violin & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : First Applause, for violin & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Catch Me if you Can, for violin & piano
>Petridou, Cillia : Into Exile, for violin & piano
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This two-disc set contains beautiful and highly accessible music composed by Petridou. CD1 is a collection of settings of Greek poetry. CD2 features a collection of pieces for a variety of combinations of chamber musicians, all inspired by the history and natural beauty of Cyprus - among them Mount Olympus - or Chionistra as it is known locally.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Her piano quartet, Memories, and her piano trio, Black July 1974, are both somber tributes to the tumultuous political history between the UK and Greece. She was affected Petridou directly as a child, and she immigrated to the UK in the mid-60s. All of the music is accessible and easy to appreciate for its craft and heart-felt expression.



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Works Details

>Petridou, Cillia : The Grocer, for 2 sopranos & piano
  • Performers: Lesley-Jane Rogers (Soprano); Alison Smart (Soprano); Jennie-Helen Moston (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Ellerdate Trio
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School (08/30/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : Sirens, for 2 sopranos & piano
  • Performers: Lesley-Jane Rogers (Soprano); Alison Smart (Soprano); Jennie-Helen Moston (Piano)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School (08/30/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : Kyrenia, for 2 sopranos & piano
  • Performers: Alison Smart (Soprano); Jennie-Helen Moston (Piano); Lesley-Jane Rogers (Soprano)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School (08/30/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : What Love Is, for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Lesley-Jane Rogers (Soprano); Jennie-Helen Moston (Piano)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School (08/30/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : Mirrors, for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Alison Smart (Soprano); Jennie-Helen Moston (Piano)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School (08/30/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : Optimism, for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Lesley-Jane Rogers (Soprano); Jennie-Helen Moston (Piano)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School (08/30/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : The Seige, for 2 sopranos & piano
  • Performers: Jennie-Helen Moston (Piano); Lesley-Jane Rogers (Soprano); Alison Smart (Soprano)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School (08/30/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : Evtho, for 2 sopranos, baritone, violin, cello, clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Lesley-Jane Rogers (Soprano); Lukas Kargl (Voice); Richard Russell (Clarinet); Alison Smart (Soprano); Jessica Burroughs (Cello); Fenella Humphreys (Violin); Jennie-Helen Moston (Piano)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School (08/30/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : Quartet for Piano and Strings "Memories"
  • Performers: Steven Burnard (Viola); Jessica Burroughs (Cello); Martin Smith (Violin); Sarah Down (Piano)
  • Notes: Selden Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (04/10/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1979

>Petridou, Cillia : Quartet for Strings "The Collar"
  • Performers: Steven Burnard (Viola); Susan Collier (Violin); Jessica Burroughs (Cello); Martin Smith (Violin)
  • Notes: Selden Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (04/10/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : Trio for Piano and Strings "Black July 1974"
  • Ensemble: Ellerdale Trio
  • Notes: Selden Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (04/10/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1979

>Petridou, Cillia : Crocus on the Chionistra, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Susan Collier (Violin); Sarah Down (Piano)
  • Notes: Selden Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (04/10/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : First Applause, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Susan Collier (Violin); Sarah Down (Piano)
  • Notes: Selden Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (04/10/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : Catch Me if you Can, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Susan Collier (Violin); Sarah Down (Piano)
  • Notes: Selden Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (04/10/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Petridou, Cillia : Into Exile, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Susan Collier (Violin); Sarah Down (Piano)
  • Notes: Selden Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (04/10/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary