Hadjidakis: Piano Works

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Hadjidakis: Piano Works



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1st Dec 2008




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Hadjidakis: Piano Works


For A Little White Seashell, Op. 1

Six Popular Pictures, Op. 5

Ionian Suite, Op. 7

Rhythmology, Op. 26

Danae Kara (piano)



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The piano music of Manos Hadjidakis, best known outside Greece for his popular song Never on Sunday, is as unique as the myriad influences which nourish it, reflecting the wide-ranging interests of this popular Greek composer.

The suite For A White Little Seashell comprises five preludes followed by traditional Greek dances, while the Six Popular Pictures are arrangements of rebetika songs that share a feeling of nostalgia. The intimate and playful character of his Ionian Suite complements the solemn dignity of Rhythmology, whose unusual rhythms derive from traditional melodic patterns.

Trained at the Juilliard School, award-winning Greek virtuoso Danae Kara here makes her Naxos début.

“Danae Kara … plays the hell out of this stuff, with plenty of rubato in the faster pieces and delicate understatement in the slower ones. For fanciers of unusual piano music, this disc is a must.” American Record Guide on the original release on Agora

Manos Hadjidakis: For a Little White Seashell, Op. 1

I. March

II. Syrtos

III. Conversation with Prokofiev

IV. Tsamikos

V. Mantinada

VI. Ballos

VII. Nocturne

VIII. Kalamatianos

IX. Pastorale

X. Grand Sousta

Manos Hadjidakis: 6 Popular Pictures, Op. 5

I. Cloudy Sunday

II. Lady

III. Drizzle followed the clouds

IV. The Coachman

V. Going for a stroll

VI. Moonless Night

Manos Hadjidakis: Ionian Suite, Op. 7


II. Andantino



V. Scherzo

Manos Hadjidakis: Rhythmology, Op. 26

I. In 5/8

II. Hasapiko to Aries

III. In 7/8

IV. Hasapiko to Taurus

V. In 9/8 (in the style of Eric Satie)

VI. Hasapiko to Gemini

VII. In 11/8

VIII. Hasapiko to Aquarius

IX. In 13/8

X. Hasapiko to the Moon

XI. In 15/8

XII. Hasapiko to Virgo

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