Mikis Theodorakis: To Axion Esti [CD]

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This is undoubtedly the greatest music work of Mikis Theodorakis based on the secular oratorio by the Nobel prize winner Greek poet Odysseas Elytis.


MIKIS THEODORAKIS: TO AXION ESTI

Odysseas Elytis (1911-1996) is one of the greatest Greek poets and was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1979. He was born in Crete and published his first poem in 1935. Elytis was regarded as a major exponent of romantic modernism in Greece and the world.

"To Axion Esti" (It Is Worthy) was published in 1959 and is his most known work, mainly because its setting to music by Mikis Theodorakis as an oratorio. The Swedish Academy citation for the Nobel Prize award singled out "To Axion Esti" as 'one of twentieth-century literature's most concentrated and richly faceted poems.'

The CD listed here is an EMI digitally remastered edition of the first recording made in 1964. It is accompanied by a 24-page booklet (in Greek) with photographs from the original recording and all the lyrics of the album.

As an extra bonus, we are including a second CD of this work from a live performance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in 1988. The orchestra is conducted by Mikis Theodorakis in both discs.

Soloists of the original recording were: Theodoros Dimitrief (baritone), Manos Katrakis (narrator), The Thaleia Vyzantiou Chorus and Grigoris Bithikotsis (singer).

Soloists of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus live recording were: Andreas Kouloumbis (baritone), Nikitas Tsakiroglou (narrator), The Athens Choir Ensemble and Giorgos Dalaras (singer).

A detailed track listing can be found in the Details section.

The official Mikis Theodorakis web site contains full biographical data and his lifetime works.

This disc comes from our personal collection and only one piece is available

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Track listing

    PART I: THE GENESIS
01 Orchestra, Theodoros Dimitrief (Andreas Kouloumbis), Chorus    Introduction - Then He Spoke
    PART II: THE PASSION
02 Theodoros Dimitrief (Andreas Kouloumbis), Chorus    Behold Here Am I
03 Manos Katrakis (Nikitas Tsakiroglou)    The March to the Front
04 Grigoris Bithikotsis (Giorgos Dalaras), Chorus    A Solitary Swallow
05 Theodoros Dimitrief (Andreas Kouloumbis), Chorus    My Foundations in the Mountains
06 Grigoris Bithikotsis (Giorgos Dalaras), Chorus    With the Star Lantern
07 Manos Katrakis (Nikitas Tsakiroglou)    The Great Exodus
08 Grigoris Bithikotsis (Giorgos Dalaras), Chorus    O Sun of Justice
09 Orchestra    Temples with the Sky's Scheme
10 Grigoris Bithikotsis (Giorgos Dalaras), Chorus    The Blood of Love
11 Theodoros Dimitrief (Andreas Kouloumbis), Chorus    Temples with the Sky's Scheme
12 Manos Katrakis (Nikitas Tsakiroglou)    Prophetic
13 Grigoris Bithikotsis (Giorgos Dalaras), Chorus    I Open my Mouth
14 Theodoros Dimitrief (Andreas Kouloumbis), Chorus, Orchestra    To A Far Country
15 Theodoros Dimitrief (Andreas Kouloumbis), Chorus PART III: THE GLORIA


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