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From Berlin to Athens: Piano Works by Nikos Skalkottas

Lorenda Ramou

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Greek Suite, AK 79a  
1.1
I. Allegretto
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:58
1.2
II. Andantino
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:00
1.3
III. Presto - Andantino
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:16
(Suite)  
1.4
I. — (Fragment)
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
3:05
1.5
II. Molto moderato
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
4:48
1.6
III. Shimmy Tempo
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
5:00
Piano Sonatina, AK 75b  
1.7
I. Allegretto vivace
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
1:22
1.8
II. Siciliano
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:44
1.9
III. Finale
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
3:11
1.10
15 Small Variations, AK 75c
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
8:25
Piano Suite No. 2, AK 72  
1.11
I. Largo
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:05
1.12
II. Gavottes I & II
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:17
1.13
III. Rapsodie. Molto moderato
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
1:29
1.14
IV. Marsch. Allegro
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:59
Piano Suite No. 3, AK 73  
1.15
I. Menuetto
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
3:06
1.16
II. Thema con variazioni. Lento
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:19
1.17
III. Marcia funebra. Maestoso
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
4:54
1.18
IV. Finale. Allegro vivace
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
1:30
Piano Suite No. 4, AK 74  
1.19
I. Toccata. Vivace
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
1:06
1.20
II. Andantino. Con grazia
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
1:57
1.21
III. Polka. Tempo di polka moderato
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
1:45
1.22
IV. Serenade. Allegro moderato
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:43
Dance Suite from "The Gnomes", Pt. 1  
1.23
I. Introduction
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
1:06
1.24
II. Exertion
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:39
1.25
III. Majestic Dance
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:29
1.26
IV. Fast Cretan Dance
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:17
1.27
V. Intermezzo lirico
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:51
1.28
VI. Finale I
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
2:50
Dance Suite from "The Gnomes", Pt. 2  
1.29
I. Epilogue
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
1:32
1.30
II. Intermezzo (Chorale)
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
4:06
1.31
III. Finale II
Nikos Skalkottas; Lorenda Ramou
1:55
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:25:44
The choice of works on this amply filled album, as well as the performances are the result of Lorenda Ramou’s research into the artistic environment of Nikos Skalkottas, in Berlin (1921–33) and in Athens (1933–49). The programme is organized as a triptych, focusing on three distinctive compositional styles. First, all surviving Berlin works for piano solo are presented in chronological order, showing how the young composer was reacting to the new and exciting jazz/dance music, but also to the people around him and to events in the musical world of Berlin in the 1920s. This is followed by Suites Nos 2, 3 and 4, a group of mature works composed at the beginning of World War II (1940–41). Closing the album, finally, is the dance suite The Gnomes, probably composed in 1939 and one of a group of piano scores for ballets with Greek subjects. Lorenda Ramou has previously released "The Land and the Sea of Greece" – an album of precisely such scores by Skalkottas – which earned her praise from the reviewer in Gramophone: "Her playing is full of verve and alive to the delicacy of Skalkottas’s writing."
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