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Christos Sakellaridis & Beata Pincetic

Exotica | Works for two pianos

23 February 2011
21:00
Upper Stage
A genuinely exotic programme for two pianos, with works by Ástor Piazzolla, Darius Milhaud, William Bolcom, Samuel Barber and Christos Papageorgiou.
25 € | Concs 15 €
This exotic programme includes works bearing the distinct musical imprint of North and South America as well as the Near East.
 
Four short tangos make up Ástor Piazzolla’s Suita Porteña de ballet, their titles reminiscent of nocturnal snapshots: a dance, a dark alleyway, a cabaret, ships that pass in the night.

The French composer Darius Milhaud was especially influenced by the music of Piazzolla’s neighbour: Brazil. His immensely popular Scaramouche, a playful, tender, exotic piece, combines incidental music he had composed earlier for the theatre with a seductive samba.
Divertimento by the British polystylist composer and jazz pianist, Richard Rodney Bennett, brings together samba and the blues, ragtime and Sixties rock in a series of unforced encounters.

The American William Bolcom studied under Milhaud and Messiaen. Fascinated by ragtime, he employs this purely pianistic form of black music in his Garden of Eden suite, whose third part “The Serpent’s Kiss” will be receiving its Greek première. In it, the snake plays ragtime but also strives to seduce with tongue slaps to the palate and rhythmic motifs on the piano frame.

Samuel Barber’s Souvenirs are memories of another America, and the cosmopolitan finesse of the New York Plaza hotel circa 1914—the original tango era. Barber was a regular visitor to the establishment, and tenderly recollects the era in music when it had passed into history.

For Christos Papageorgiou, Choros represents a challenge: combining different musical genres into a single work and arriving at a Pyrrichios by way of inter alia a taksim and a zeimbekiko, the work also poses a virtuosic challenge to its two performers.
 

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Christos Sakellaridis & Beata Pincetic: two-piano duo

Ástor Piazzolla
Suita Porteña de ballet
 
Scaramouche (1937) 
 
Divertimento (1975)
 
The Serpent’s Kiss (ragtime, 1969/1994) 
 
Souvenirs (1952, orchestrated by Gold and Fizdale
 
Christos Papageorgiou 
Choros [Dance] (1998)