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HADJIDAKIS, M.: Piano Works (D. Kara) - For a Little White Seashell / Rhythmology / 6 Popular Pictures / Ionian Suite

Composer(s):Hadjidakis, Manos
Artist(s) Kara, Danae, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570957
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

The piano music of Manos Hadjidakis, best known outside Greece for his popular song Never on Sunday, is as unique as the myriad influences which nourish it, reflecting the wide-ranging interests of this popular Greek composer. The suite For A White Little Seashell comprises five preludes followed by traditional Greek dances, while the Six Popular Pictures are arrangements of rebetika songs that share a feeling of nostalgia. The intimate and playful character of his Ionian Suite complements the solemn dignity of Rhythmology, whose unusual rhythms derive from traditional melodic patterns. Trained at the Juilliard School, awardwinning Greek virtuoso Danae Kara here makes her Naxos début.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2008

Maybe the name of Manos Hadjidakis is not well known to you, but his vocal number, Never on Sunday, has been named among the ten most popular songs of the 20th century. Despite this international adulation, he was often out of favour with the Greek music establishment, his upbringing in the war years leaving him with meager formal musical education. Yet throughout his career he was able to gain work in diverse fields, including ballet, cinema, song and piano pieces, four of of those keyboard compositions included in this excellent release. His lack of schooling became a benefit in music that was never hidebound by accepted formats, and was happy to move between classical and popular modes. His first published work, For a Little White Seashell, was



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