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November 2004

“In Lieu of a Dream”: Works by Greek Composers 19th-20th centuries. 12 CDs; Organization for the Promotion of Greek Culture, S.A., Cultural Olympiad, 2004. 

The selection for this month was easy since the above release by the Cultural Olympiad constitutes a milestone for Greek musical heritage. The purpose of its creators is to improve considerably the existing situation and to bring to the surface unknown treasures of Greek music in and out of the country while offering musical bliss of the highest degree".[i]

The collection consists of 38 large works, an entire opera and 50 short vocal compositions, which are available commercially for the first time in a set of 12 cds.  Composers included are no longer living. They are Padovas, Karrer, Rodotheatos.  Kamilieri, Labelet, Axiotis, Nezeritis, Evangelatos, Koudourov, Zoras, Levidis, Dragatakis. Petridis, Lialios, Christou, Xenakis, G.A. Papaioannou, Xenos, Varvoglis, Poniridis, Margariti, Mantzaros, Mitropoulos, Kariotakis, Kydoniatis, Kondis, Kalomiris, Xindas, Lalas, Konstantinidis, Skalkotas, Haliasas, Papakonstantinou, Sfakianakis, Lavrangas, Spathis and Riadis.

The 12 cds are accompanied by a very tasteful 233- page book with rare photographs and biographical information, which help depict the social and cultural framework in which the recordings were created. The written explanatory texts provided, are based on the current bibliography but also on personal research by the authors offering unique and authoritative analysis.  

The Music Library participated in this edition by providing photographs and professional support.

The Library owns a copy of this edition, available to its users.


[i] Svolos, Giannis. “In Lieu of a Dream”: Works by Greek Composers 19th-20th centuries. 12 CDs; Organization for the Promotion of Greek Culture, S.A., Cultural Olympiad, 2004, p. 13.

   
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