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PETRIDOU, C.: Songs / Chamber Music (Sounds of the Chionistra) (Smart, Rogers, Ellerdale Trio)

PETRIDOU, C.: Songs / Chamber Music (Sounds of the Chionistra) (Smart, Rogers, Ellerdale Trio)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Pablo Held Trio

Ensemble

Steven Burnard

Soloist

Alison Smart

Soloist

Susan Collier

Soloist

Jennie-Helen Moston

Soloist

Lesley-Jane Rogers

Soloist

Sarah Down

Soloist

Ellerdale Trio

Chamber

Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Classical

Total Time - 142:08
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PETRIDOU, C.: Songs / Chamber Music (Sounds of the Chionistra) (Smart, Rogers, Ellerdale Trio)

     
 

CILIA PETRIDOU

     


Select Complete Single Disc for
1 

The Grocer

2:49
 Alison Smart Soloist
 Lesley-Jane Rogers Soloist
     
2 

Sirens

5:38
 Alison Smart Soloist
 Lesley-Jane Rogers Soloist
     
3 

Kyrenia

5:12
 Alison Smart Soloist
 Jennie-Helen Moston Soloist
     
4 

What Love is

3:05
 Lesley-Jane Rogers Soloist
 Jennie-Helen Moston Soloist
     
5 

Mirrors

3:35
 Alison Smart Soloist
 Jennie-Helen Moston Soloist
     
6 

Optimism

3:47
 Lesley-Jane Rogers Soloist
 Jennie-Helen Moston Soloist
     
 

The Siege

 
7 Part I 9:32
8 Part II 2:49
9 Part III 11:34
 Alison Smart Soloist
 Lesley-Jane Rogers Soloist
     
10 

Evtho

19:21
 Alison Smart Soloist
 Lesley-Jane Rogers Soloist
     


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Piano Quartet, "Memories"

 
1 I. Youthful Times 9:35
2 II. First Loss 7:36
3 III. Greek Flag 8:55
 Steven Burnard Soloist
     
4 

String Quartet, "The Collar"

8:03
 Susan Collier Soloist
     
 

Piano Trio, "Black July 1974"

 
5 I. Farewell 11:02
6 II. Lament for Famagusta 5:37
7 III. Memories 1960 5:26
8 IV. Optimism - Sadness 3:57
 Pablo Held Trio Ensemble
     
9 

Crocus on the Chionistra

1:58
 Susan Collier Soloist
 Sarah Down Soloist
     
10 

First Applause

5:57
 Susan Collier Soloist
 Sarah Down Soloist
     
11 

Catch Me of you Can

2:21
 Susan Collier Soloist
 Sarah Down Soloist
     
12 

Into Exile

4:19
 Susan Collier Soloist
 Sarah Down Soloist
     


The Chionistra is the beautiful Mount Olympus in Cyprus where the crocuses grow (not the one in Greece where the ancient gods ruled) ... and close to home for Greek Cypriot composer Cilia Petridou, who though she moved to England in 1965, was deeply affected by the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and the still unresolved partition of the island. CD1 (songs) and CD2 (Chamber works) reflect this tragedy and the loss of the city of Famagusta, contrasted with the happy memories of an idyllic childhood, in deeply felt, Romantically styled works beautifully performed - all first recordings.

“Her music shows a confluence of Eastern and Westen elements. The two sopranos have light and pleasant voices and blend together well in their duets. This is heartfelt music, played and sung with conviction. The pathos [of the music] will win over many listeners, and I recommend it accordingly. The booklet gives a good picture of the composer and her times. Other production values, such as recorded sound are also good.” 
 
David DeBoor Canfield - Fanfare
 

 “Vocal music, most of it for two sopranos and piano – a highly effective combination that more composers ought to explore. The piano part in The Siege ... sounds almost like the reduction of an orchestral texture .... part of which gives The Siege and Evtho their ritual quality. The essential honesty [of Petridou’s chamber music] and the very want of fluency gives it an innocent charm, not least since it is often very lovely. The performances are sensitive and thoughtful ... In a concert, coming between two other composers, Petridou’s atmospheric and thoughtful idiom would offer an attractive. The recorded sound is entirely natural.” 

 
Martin Anderson - Fanfare



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