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Atanas Ourkouzounov (b.1970) Toryanse / Dimitris Kotronakis, guitar

Album Summary

>Ourkouzounov, Atanas : Toryanse Tales, for guitar
>Rak, Stepán : Kaygorod, for guitar
>Rak, Stepán : Balalaika for guitar ("To Mikhail Gorbachev")
>Domeniconi, Carlo : A Step to Paradise, for guitar
>Domeniconi, Carlo : Toccata in Blue, for guitar
>Moraitis, Thanassis : Sketch no 9, for guitar
>Moraitis, Thanassis : Sketch no 1, for guitar
>Drozd, Gerard : Adagio for guitar (Homage to J.S. Bach), Op. 44
>Piazzolla, Astor : Bandoneón, tango (from Suite Troileana)
>Piazzolla, Astor : Zita, tango (from Suite Troileana)
>Assad, Sérgio : Fantasia Carioca, version for solo guitar
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Japanese word "toryanse," the title of this album, can be translated in a free version as "may I pass?" or "please let me pass." It is borrowed from the opening track, Toryanse Tales (2003) by Atanas Ourkouzounov, which was inspired by Japanese legends and music. Toryanse is a children's song that can be heard at pedestrian crossings under traffic lights in Japan. The songs is associated with a series of legends, most of which have to do with the completion of a child's first seven years of age, and the resulting celebration that takes place in a shrine located on the grounds of a castle. Despite the differences between these myths, all of them somehow converge with the portrayal of an exchange between a civilian and a guard manning a checkpoint at the castle. Ourkouzounov submits his own contribution to the relevant tradition with a piece that has a plain structure consisting of eight short movements and a simple texture. The Bulgarian composer uses an Asian music palette, emphasizing the idiomatic articulation of certain notes together with "eccentric" guitar effects that nevertheless perfectly serve their goal.

Dimitris Kotronakis is a classical guitarist and musicologist based in Athens, Greece. He was born in Heraklion, Coeta (Greece) in 1973. At age seven, he began studying the classical guitar and he graduated from the International Athens Conservatory with a guitar diploma in 1992 under the guidance of Vassillis Kanaras. Following this, he did post-graduate studies with Costas Cotsiolis at the Athens Conservatory, graduating again in 1996. He also undertook advanced theoretical and musicological studies that led to his diploma in Fugue, under Sioras, and a degree in Musicology from the University of Athens in 1996. Additionally, he holds a doctorate from the same University (2014), under the supervision of Markos Tsetsos, in which he focused his studies on the guitar in Greece. Dimitris has won prizes in many guitar competitions in Greece, Spain and Romania. He also won the major honorary mention award at the 12th Web Concert Hall Competition (USA, March 2011), among 39 competitors, representing all classical instruments.



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Works Details

>Ourkouzounov, Atanas : Toryanse Tales, for guitar
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Rak, Stepán : Kaygorod, for guitar
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Rak, Stepán : Balalaika for guitar ("To Mikhail Gorbachev")
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Domeniconi, Carlo : A Step to Paradise, for guitar
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Domeniconi, Carlo : Toccata in Blue, for guitar
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Moraitis, Thanassis : Sketch no 9, for guitar
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Moraitis, Thanassis : Sketch no 1, for guitar
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Drozd, Gerard : Adagio for guitar (Homage to J.S. Bach), Op. 44
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Bandoneón, tango (from Suite Troileana)
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: ?1974

>Piazzolla, Astor : Zita, tango (from Suite Troileana)
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Assad, Sérgio : Fantasia Carioca, version for solo guitar
  • Performer: Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993