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Impressions for Saxophone and Orchestra / Kerkezos, et al

Album Summary

>Theodorakis, Mikis : Cretan Concertino, for alto saxophone & orchestra
>Theodorakis, Mikis : Adagio for solo flute, string orchestra & percussion
>Skalkottas, Nikos : Concertino for oboe & piano
>Antoniou, Theodor : Concerto Piccolo, for alto saxophone & orchestra
>Alexiadis, Minas : Phrygian Litany, for soprano saxophone & orchestra
>Tenidis, Vassilis : Rhapsody of Pontos, for alto saxophone & orchestra
>Hadjidakis, Manos : Gioconda's Smile, for alto saxophone & orchestra, Op. 22
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Apparently the start of another series from Naxos - Greek Classics - there is a double attraction here: the instrument and the origins of the music Theodorakis was born on the island of Chios but his Concertino derives inspiration from the traditional music of Crete. Originally conceived as a sonatina for violin and piano in 1952, it has only very recently been arranged for alto saxophone and orchestra by Yannis Samprovalakis. Like all the other works on the disc, this is its first recording. In three movements, it is attractive with a particularly winsome finale which alternately makes great demands on the fingers of the soloists and then relaxes into gorgeous lyricism. The soulful adagio which follows dates from 1993 and is for soprano saxophone with only strings and percussion as accompaniment Theodore Kerkezos is a most impressive player who is strongly associated with much of this music. The supporting cast and engineers have also done a fine job and there are good notes. Whether your motivation is to hear music for the saxophone or from Greece, this disc is an unmissable bargain." -MusicWeb International



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>Theodorakis, Mikis : Cretan Concertino, for alto saxophone & orchestra
  • Performer: Theodore Kerkezos (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Myron Michailidis
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (12/12/2005-12/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2005

>Theodorakis, Mikis : Adagio for solo flute, string orchestra & percussion
  • Performer: Theodore Kerkezos (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Myron Michailidis
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (12/12/2005-12/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Skalkottas, Nikos : Concertino for oboe & piano
  • Performers: Theodore Kerkezos (Saxophone); Antonis Sousamoglou (Violin)
  • Conductor: Myron Michailidis
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (12/12/2005-12/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Antoniou, Theodor : Concerto Piccolo, for alto saxophone & orchestra
  • Performer: Theodore Kerkezos (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Myron Michailidis
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (12/12/2005-12/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 06/2000

>Alexiadis, Minas : Phrygian Litany, for soprano saxophone & orchestra
  • Performer: Theodore Kerkezos (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Myron Michailidis
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (12/12/2005-12/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tenidis, Vassilis : Rhapsody of Pontos, for alto saxophone & orchestra
  • Performers: Theodore Kerkezos (Saxophone); Simos Papanas (Violin)
  • Conductor: Myron Michailidis
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (12/12/2005-12/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 06/1997

>Hadjidakis, Manos : Gioconda's Smile, for alto saxophone & orchestra, Op. 22 :: 7. Mr. Knoll
  • Performer: Theodore Kerkezos (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Myron Michailidis
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (12/12/2005-12/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern