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Nikos Skalkottas:
The 16-Song Cycle

SKALKOTTAS YEAR

Skalkottas wrote impressively and expressionistically for both the piano and the human voice. The cycle of 16 Songs, a virtuosic and peculiarly atonal work, was composed in German-occupied Athens, drawing inspiration from the youthful novel ‘Like Everyone Else’ by Chrysos Evelpidis (a Constantinopolitan agronomist, and subsequently Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Finance in Greece).
In a sort of interchange, the Greek composer’s songs are preceded by two early works by another pupil of Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg: the superb 7 Early Songs, in their original version for piano and voice; the evening opens with Berg’s fine one-movement piano sonata.
 
 
- Alban Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1
                     7 Early Songs

- Nikos Skalkottas: 16 Songs


Artemis Bogri soprano
George Konstantinou piano