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13 April 2024
Nikos Skalkottas: World Premiere Recordings 1949-2019

Nina Pissareva Zymbalist (violin)
Nikolaos Samaltanos (piano)
Angelica Cathariou (mezzo-soprano)
Christophe Sirodeau (piano)
Little Symphony Orchestra of San Francisco
Gregory Millar (Grigorios Manoussos) (conductor)
Tota Economos (piano)

This album presents a selection of world premiere recordings of music by Nikos Skalkottas, the most important Greek composer of the first half of the 20th century. Skalkottas was described by the famous critic and musicologist, Hans Keller, as one of the four "S" of modern music, together with Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Shostakovich.


Presented on this CD is the first ever recording of a work by Skalkottas, the two Greek Dances recorded in 1949 in Paris by the pianist Tota Economos in the French Radio studios. The famous recording of the Twelve Greek Dances (from the 36 Dances cycle) was made in 1957, until now only available as a monophonic recording, and now released here in real stereophonic sound. The Suite for Orchestra was composed in 1929 in Berlin, but the original score was lost in the composer’s hasty departure from Berlin in 1933. The version recorded here uses a recently found score in America, now published by the Hellenic Music Center in Athens (which possesses the totality of Skalkottas’s manuscripts). The Return of Odysseus, for two pianos was recorded in 1994 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory - the version here uses a revised score from 1995.


Nikos Skalkottas
Suite for violin and little orchestra, AK 23 (version for violin and piano by the composer)
I. Allegro moderato II. Moderato maestoso III. Allegretto vivace IV. Andante sostenuto V. Presto (violin part only)

On the Beach, AK 89a The Music, AK89 Once Upon a Time, AK 81

The Return of Odysseus, AK5a: Overture for Great Orchestra (original adaptation for two pianos by the composer) I. Molto adagio II. Allegro molto vivace III. (Fuga) IV. (Allegro molto vivace) V. Presto - Prestissimo

Twelve Greek Dances, AK 11
I. Peloponnisiakos I - Series I No.4 II. Kritikos I - Series I No.2 III. Kleftikos I - Series I No.6 IV. Sifneikos II - Series II No.2 V. Nissiotikos - Series II No.4 VI. Ipirotikos I - Series I No.3 VII. Hostianos - Series III No.1 VIII. Kleftikos II - Series III No.3 IX. Neratzofilima - Series III No.9 X. Tsamikos I - Series I No.1 XI.Ipirotikos II - Series III No.2 XII. Mazochtos - Series III No.12

Sifneikos I, (AK 11b) - AK76 Ipirotikos I (AK11b) - AK76

Design: Dimitris Samaltanos
Total Time: 78.57
Release Date: January 2020

Nina Pissareva Zymbalist (violin)Nina Pissareva-Zymbalist studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. in the classes of Masters Andrei Korsakov, Yuri Tortchinsky and Zoria Shikmourzayeva. She was the interpreter of the world premiere of the First Violin Sonata by the famous pianist and composer Samuil Feinberg (1890TRUE962). Alongside the violinist Eichii Chijiiwa, she recorded for the Scandinavian label BIS Records "the Concerto for two violins" by Skalkottas. She is involved with numerous chamber ensembles and works regularly in various orchestras such as the Paris Opera orchestra, the Ile-de-France national orchestra, the Rouen Opera. Since 2006, she has held a position as a tutti violin with the Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra.

Christophe Sirodeau (piano)Christophe Sirodeau was born in 1970 in Paris. As a pianist, he studied with at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory under Evgeny Malinin. Since making his performing debut in 1982, he has performed a broad variety of repertoire in concert, recordings, and broadcasts, specialising somewhat in the presentation of rarely heard music (Ullmann, Feinberg, Skalkottas, Kapralova for example). In the 1990s he undertook significant scholarly and performing work concerning Samuil Feinberg which resulted in the composer's 1st Piano Concerto and a number of unpublished songs and piano works coming to light and receiving their first performances and recordings since the 1930s, and in some cases, their world premieres.

MLS-CD-025     View Booklet

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