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Joride, The Acrobat And The Owl


released: 2001
Lyra
Yorghos Mouloudakis : "The young man and the owl"
(To Athena Athanasiou. World premier)

Nikos Kypourgos: Nine musical images for quitar"
(To Y. Mouloudakis. World premier)

Giorgos Koumentakis : "Suite for the Grimm brothers"
(To Y. Mouloudakis. World premiere)
    Yorghos Mouloudakis:

    THE YOUNG MAN AND THE OWL

  • 01. Figures of adolescence
  • 02. The Fete
  • 03. The drum
  • 04. Little blue buggy
  • 05. Walls made of cotton
  • 06. Obsession
  • 07. Supplication
  • 08. Athena
  • 09. Nocturnal flight
  • 10. Brief return
  • 11. The procession
  • 12. Classmates from the old days
  • 13. Green moment
  • 14. Teachers
  • 15. The Square of the "Three Arcades"
  • 16. A tiny owl
    Nikos Kypourgos:

    NINE MUSICAL IMAGES FOR GUITAR

  • 17. A straw-hat (2:27)
  • 18. The broken toy (2:13)
  • 19. Chase for three (1:28)
     
  • 20. The empty square (1:46)
  • 21. The acrobat (1:02)
     
  • 22. Praying mantis (0:56)
  • 23. Drizzle (2:16)
  • 24. The rider's passing (1:34)
  • 25. The pathway home (2:59)
  • Giorgos Koumentakis:

    SUITE FOR THE GRIMM BROTHERS

  • 26. Fair Little Cathy and Piff-Paff Hickory-hook
  • 27. The wondrous violinist
  • 28. Sleeping Beauty
  • 29. Jorinde and Joringel
  • 30. Little Red Riding Hood



(...) "Nine images for guitar" states Nikos Kypourgos is based upon simple and brief music themes composed from 1990 up until 1996, in which year they were compiled to form a unified work for guitar. "At times, these themes grew to acquire different forms and were employed in order to accompany stage or film images that-by coincidence or not-were all related to children. "The common characteristic of these themes that helps them gain distinction through the guitar, is  "the almost persistent recurrence of a melodic, harmonic or rhythmic idea", ("The Empty Square" being a most typical example). Kypourgos' pieces do not conceal the fact that they were originally written in order to accompany images; yet, the manner in which they are structured and in effect "teken to pieces"-like fitting dolls or children's puzzles- renders them musically independent. His music pieces urge the listener to complete them with images, and ultimately put them together under a single narrative. The fair tale-like narration has played a decisive role in Κypourgos' work. Let us not forget that the composer became widely known to the general public in Greece through his participation  in the creative group of "Lilipoupoli", the songs of which accompanied the most successful contemporary Greek tale. Perhaps this experience (but also his subsequent engagement in music for the stage and cinema) is not unrelated to the way he has been treating  music: that is, both as internal and external narrative process. Alternatively speaking, music is the means to recourt a story, but also the material and basic symbol of that story. For instance, the music arrangement for the tale "Silence, the king is listening" (1995) is typically indicative of the above-mentioned approach: at the end of the tale, when the king is found stark naked out in the street, and all those present succumb to the collective paroxysm of "his attire is the most beautiful in the world", the orchestra stops playing. And yet, musicians and conductor alike keep on making the same movements, as if they are still performing. After a short period of deathly silence, with the audience wondering whether they should applaud or just try to listen to something controversial beyond their grasp, a little child is heard shouting, by analogy with the tale: "I can hear nothing- the musicians have stopped playing"

Try to treat this album as a similar tale, as if the guitar ceaselessly labored to remind us of a memory by definition and not by recollection. A memory wholly fashioned in the present, with no past. As if the story itself said that the whole of its craft resides in the perplexing ambiguity of a bare memory.

Dimitris Papanikolaou
 




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