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Greek Guitar Music - works by Tzortzinakis, Fampas, Theodorakis, Hadjopoulos, Mavroedes, Harizanos, Bogris / Eva Fampas, guitar

> 4 Greek Images - I. Sea Song
> 4 Greek Images - II. Field Song
> 4 Greek Images - III. Mountain Song
> 4 Greek Images - IV. Village Song
> Waltz - Waltz
> Sousta - Sousta
> Politeia (Republic): Mother and Virgin (arr. D. Fampas for guitar) - Politeia (Republic): Mother and Virgin (arr. D. Fampas for guitar)
> Epitafios (arr. Y. Iliopoulos for guitar) - III. A Day in May
> Epitafios (arr. Y. Iliopoulos for guitar) - V. You were Good
> 3 Greek Sketches - I. Palaiogenes
> 3 Greek Sketches - II. Insistence on a Colour
> 3 Greek Sketches - III. Motion
> The Journey - The Journey
> The Seascape No. 2, "Wreck in the living-room" - The Seascape No. 2, "Wreck in the living-room"
> Polychordon, Op. 86 - Polychordon, Op. 86
> 2 Ballads and Dance, Op. 112 - Ballad No. 1
> 2 Ballads and Dance, Op. 112 - Ballad No. 2 and Dance
> Waltz - Waltz
> Suite No. 4, "Greek Suite" - I. The Country of Centaurs
> Suite No. 4, "Greek Suite" - II. Tsamikos Dance
> Suite No. 4, "Greek Suite" - III. Ravines
> Suite No. 4, "Greek Suite" - IV. Syrtaki Dance
> Taygetus Mountain - Taygetus Mountain

Album Summary

>Kiriakos, Giorginakis : Four Greek Images
>Fampas, Dimitris : Vals, for guitar
>Fampas, Dimitris : Greek Dance for guitar no 3, "Susta"
>Theodorakis, Mikis : Mother and Virgin, for voice & piano (from "Politeia")
>Theodorakis, Mikis : Epitaphs (8) for guitar (arr. by Yianni Iliopoulis from song cycle)
>Hadjopoulos, Kostas : Greek Sketches (3), for guitar
>Mavroedes, George : The Journey, for guitar
>Mavroedes, George : Seascape no 2
>Harizanos, Nickos : Polychordon, for guitar, Op. 86
>Harizanos, Nickos : Two Ballads and Dance, for guitar, Op. 112
>Bogris, Minas [Composer] : Waltz for guitar
>Fampas, Dimitris : Greek Suite, for guitar
>Athanassakis, Nikos : Taygetus Mountain, for guitar
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Influenced by Andrés Segovia, guitar music in Greece saw its heyday in the 1950s. Soloist Eva Fampas is the daughter of Dimitris Fampas, a leading figure who was taught by Segovia and helped create a globally admired school of playing which has nourished generations of musicians. This program is representative of the new generation of Greek guitarist-composers, with national sounds and rhythms easily recognized in works such as Kyriakos Tzortzinakis's vividly descriptive Four Greek Images, and the recent Taygetus, dedicated to Eva Fampas by its composer Nikos Athanassakis.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: GFS-Pro studio, Saint Dimitrios, Athens, Greece (2013).



Reviews

Levantine flavored guitar
Eva Fampas “Greek Guitar Music” NAXOS

Andre Segovia’s success as an advocate for the classical guitar is well documented; he inspired an entire generation of new players and, in places where the instrument was already known, he sparked a renewed interest among musicians and composers alike.
As the effect of his efforts in places where the guitar was not a native instrument is less well known, “Greek Guitar Music” by Eva Fampas can serve as a wonderful documentary introduction to the rarely heard works of 2 generations of Greek “school” guitarist/composers.
Ms. Fampas, daughter of legendary musician/composer/arranger/teacher Dimitris Fampas, is herself a genuinely gifted player with a flawless technique and a complete control of the dynamic range of her instrument. Whether performing the older generation’s more conservative compositions (in the case of her father directly influenced by his experience as Segovia’s student) or the more modern works of her contemporaries, she evidences both a total mastery of the guitar and a deep understanding of each individual composer’s approach.
This is beautiful music expertly recorded and lovingly performed by a virtuoso who deserves to be much better known. “Greek Guitar Music” by Eva Fampas is highly recommended to both the general listener and specialist.
The liner notes’ claim that in the 1950’s Greek guitar music “was in its heyday” should be taken with a grain of salt; the majority of the composers presented here were born during or after that decade and some of the most interesting compositions here are world premiere recordings. It is just possible that the best is yet to come.

Highest possible recommendation 10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano





Submitted on 09/07/14 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Kiriakos, Giorginakis : Four Greek Images
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fampas, Dimitris : Vals, for guitar
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Fampas, Dimitris : Greek Dance for guitar no 3, "Susta"
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Theodorakis, Mikis : Mother and Virgin, for voice & piano (from "Politeia")
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Theodorakis, Mikis : Epitaphs (8) for guitar (arr. by Yianni Iliopoulis from song cycle) :: A Day in May
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Theodorakis, Mikis : Epitaphs (8) for guitar (arr. by Yianni Iliopoulis from song cycle) :: You were good
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hadjopoulos, Kostas : Greek Sketches (3), for guitar
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977

>Mavroedes, George : The Journey, for guitar
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Mavroedes, George : Seascape no 2 :: Wreck in the living-room, for guitar
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Harizanos, Nickos : Polychordon, for guitar, Op. 86
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Harizanos, Nickos : Two Ballads and Dance, for guitar, Op. 112
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Bogris, Minas [Composer] : Waltz for guitar
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Fampas, Dimitris : Greek Suite, for guitar
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Athanassakis, Nikos : Taygetus Mountain, for guitar
  • Performer: Eva Fampas (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013