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Close And Far Away


released: 2009
ORION

ELEFTHERIA ARVANITAKI, voice

Theodore Kotepanos, organ, piano, accordion
Dimitris Desyllas, percussion
Panagiotis Drakos, flute
Vangelis Christopoulos, oboe
Nikos Ghinos, clarinet
Vangelis Skouras, horn
Yannis Karabetsos, trumpet
Kostas Avgerinos, trombone
Georgos Panagiotidis, violin
Renato Ripo, violoncello

CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF N. G. ZIRIDIS SCHOOL
Vocal Couching: Melpo Chakloutsakis, Anta Koveou, Myrto Ticof
MEGARON ORCHESTRA – CAMERATA OF THE FRIENDS OF MUSIC
CONDUCTOR: ALEXANDROS MYRAT

01. FARAWAY 15:13
for organ, children’s choir and orchestra 

02. ORIENT EXPRESS SUITE 9:38
for strings and percussion 

03. REPORT TO MORALIS 3:41
for strings, piano and percussion 

04. ANDROMAQUE, 10:03
incidental music, for orchestra 

5-13. FILM SUITE “IN CANTO” 27:26
for female voice, children’s choir and orchestra 

05. Embroidered Words  2:47
(Lyrics: Stratos Stassinos) 

06. Black Out, suite  2:51

07. Don’t Go 3:22
 (Lyrics: Lina Nikolakopoulou) 

08. The Cistern, suite 3:10

09. At The Wheel Well 3:12
(Lyrics: Stamatis Dagdelenis)  

10. Utopia, suite  2:30

11. Magic Spell 2:14
(Lyrics: Paraskevas Karassoulos) 

12. Oxygen, suite 3:15

13. There is no end here 3:55
(Lyrics: Aphroditi Manou)




About the works

Faraway: Five hymns about  sun, mother, life, man and…, based on texts of a lost language.  The work was commissioned by the Athens Concert Hall and written in 2008. 

Orient Express Suite: Seven orchestral miniatures for strings and percussion, in an oriental  style. The themes originate from the films: Rom, Master Of The Shadows, Meri – Amen, Memed My Hawk, Passeurs De Reves, My Darling Istanbul, as well as from the television series Thus Spake The City.

Report to Moralis: It was the main theme in Stelios Haralambopoulos’ documentary Moralis (2005),  based on the life and work of the great Greek painter.  In this new form it has been reworked in its orchestration and structure, with the addition of percussion instruments.

Andromaque: It was written in spring 2007 for the performance of the theatrical piece by Racine, which was presented in Epidavros by the National Theater and directed by Dimitris Mavrikios.  The following year, the main themes were brought together to one whole work in the form of a suite, with slight changes in its original orchestration.

Film Suite “In canto”: It consists of four shorter orchestral suites with different themes from the films Black Out (1998), The Cistern (2001), Utopia (2004) and Oxygen (2003) alternating with five songs originating mainly from the same films.

The orchestration was worked over in March 2008 on the occasion of this specific concert, in order to create a new work to be heard as a whole, without interruption.




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