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TO 0131

Theodor Grigoriu - Byzantium after Byzantium

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2005


Sinfonia da Camera


Ian Hobson


Andrei Tanasescu

- (piano) (8-10)

Sherban Lupu

- (violin)


Studios of Romanian Radio, Bucharest

11-12 June 2005

Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois

17 Oct 1996

Studios of Romanian Radio, Bucharest

5-6 May 1999


Jon Schoenhoff

Roberto Cocias

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Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 77:28
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Trinity Concerto - Byzantium after Byzantium I (1994)

1 I Panmelodion: The Song's Long Journet up to Heaven 14:23
2 II Threni: Oh, Golgotha! 10:46
3 III Diaphania: The Eternal Movement 9:42
  Live performance,  

The Great Passage: Sonata for Solo Violion - Byzantium after Byzantium II (1999)

4 I Psalm: Lord, stop the passage 5:22
5 II Murmur: I know that where there's no death there's no love 3:51
6 III Pastel: Long clouds have passed over the plains 5:21
7 IV Epilogue: I kneel in the wind/There is no road that takes you back 3:39

The Eternal Return: Sonata for Violin & Piano - Byzantium after Byzantium III (2004)

8 I Icons from the Past: Unseen stairs 10:16
9 II Curtains of Oblivion: 12 interrupted fugitive variations 4:55
10 III The Bells of Return: With brief evocations of Anton Pann 9:13

Theodor Grigoriu (born in Galati, Moldavia, in 1926) is one of the major Romanian composers in the period after Enescu. His vast output is little known outside his own country, although it includes oratorios, symphonies, cantatas, chamber music, film-scores and much more. His musical roots reach back to Romanian folk-music and to the modal melodies of ancient Byzantium – as in this large-scale triptych, Byzantium after Byzantium, which consists of a violin concerto, a sonata for solo violin and a sonata for violin and piano. All three works are performed here by Sherban Lupu, the violinist for whom the music was written.

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