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Nikos Skalkottas: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Tema Con Variazioni - Little Suite for Strings - 4 Images

Geoffrey Douglas Madge, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Nikos Christodoulou

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Piano Concerto No. 2, AK 17  
1
I. Allegro molto vivace
Nikos Skalkottas; Geoffrey Douglas Madge; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
15:41
2
II. Andantino
Nikos Skalkottas; Geoffrey Douglas Madge; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
11:22
3
III. Allegro moderato
Nikos Skalkottas; Geoffrey Douglas Madge; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
10:04
Tema con Variazioni  
4
Theme. Andantino
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
2:16
5
Variation 1. Allegretto
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
1:50
6
Variation 2. Moderato
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
3:54
7
Variation 3. Allegro ritmato
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
3:05
Little Suite, AK 7  
8
I. Allegro
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
2:36
9
II. Andante
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
3:41
10
III. Allegro vivo
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
1:58
4 Images, AK 13  
11
I. The harvest
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
3:20
12
II. The seedling
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
4:21
13
III. The vintage
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
2:34
14
IV. The wine press
Nikos Skalkottas; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Nikos Christodoulou
2:19
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    69:01
"Geoffrey Douglas Madge seems pretty well equal to its multifarious challenges, and under Nikos Christodolou’s direction he shapes the large forms of the three movements very convincingly. This is assuredly not a work that reveals all its secrets on one hearing: but the effort to come to grips with its richness is well worth making, and this performance is an excellent way in."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Skalkottas addicts will need no second bidding. Bis and their artists deliver with flair and technical reliability."
- MusicWeb International

A lesser-known member of the Second Viennese School than Schoenberg and his famous disciples Webern and Berg, Nikos Skalkottas produced numerous works, though few were performed during his lifetime. This release from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nikos Christodoulou features the critically praised Piano Concerto No. 2—performed by Geoffrey Douglas Madge—and 4 Images, AK 13, a primarily tonal work about Greek village life in the 20th century.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Studio Masters

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