Fête de la Musique
ERT National Symphony Orchestra - Anastasios Symeonidis
21/06/2019 at 21:00, Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Works by Skalkottas and Mendelssohn
On the occasion of the ‘2019 Skalkottas Year’ (this year marks the 70-year anniversary since the death of Nikos Skalkottas), the ERT National Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the great Greek composer, performing the ballet The Sea, a series of tableaux vivants drawn from the marine world, revolving around fantasy elements or the phantasmagoria of ballet dancing, as well as marine traditions, common in folk tales. The music could be considered an example of symphonic suite.
The concert will also include two of Mendelssohn’s major works, also sea-themed, inspired from his travels in Scotland in 1829: The Hebrides Overture and The Scottish Symphony, with the former depicting the Staffa island and its enormous cave. The work brings to mind the sounds of the sea and the different phases of the sea, from calm to tempest.
FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY (1809-1847)
Overture The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) in B minor, Op. 26
SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 16
Andantino - Allegretto
Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
Finale: Allegro tempestoso
Vassilis Varvaresos piano
NIKOS SKALKOTTAS (1904-1949)
The sea, folk ballet
Overture Ι On the beach Ι Dance of the waves Ι The trawl Ι The little fish Ι The dolphins (Phantasmagorical dance) Ι Nocturnal (Peace) Ι Preparation of the Mermaid Ι The Dance of the Mermaid Ι From the folk tale of Alexander the Great Ι Finale. Hymn to sea
Soloist: Vassilis Varvaresos
Nikos Skalkottas: The sea, Folk ballet
Conductor Anastasios Symeonidis
Soloist Vassilis Varvaresos
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