Sonatina for Piano, “Vivo”

In the list with compositions I found this title. It was composed in 1942. There is no earlier year mentioned. It is categorised as “Chamber Music”.  So, this must be the first official composition.

In 2011 a CD-3-serial has been released with Mikis Theodorakis’ chamber music compositions. One of these is indeed the Sonatina for Piano, “Vivo”.

I found three  a masterly performed version.

The first one is with Stavroula Thoma:


How different interpretations can be proves this one, performed by Georgios Filadelfefs. Not a live recording, but one can follow the notes on the sheetmusic.


And another one. Here plays Danae Kara, not a live recording, but again another interpretation:



My review:

Stavroula Thoma’s performance is in my opinion the best of these three, because I deeply understand, adapt, experience merging my being with the music when she performs it. I can sense the Thoma version of the Sonatina as a so interesting, exciting soul experience. The other two performances are not transparent. I hear their story, but their “story” does not interest me so much, though I admire Danae Kara’s virtuosity and technique. Stavroula Thoma’s performance is totally, masterly transparent, the tempi are perfect, logic, natural and adding an extra dimension to the intense passion of the music, totally free, like water in all its expressions and abundances.

Though she plays alone, I hear a symphonic orchestra when she plays. What a great sounding pianoforte and how perfect are the acoustics of the concert hall. She is and the director and all musicians in one. Extraordinary! Great sound, tempo, dynamics, technique, virtuosity, mastery, interpretation.

In the composition I hear another Theodorakis composition between 00:45 and 01:04. It is from “Zorbas Ballet Suite”, scene 16 “La Meurtre de la Veuve”. Go to 02:58 in the following soundtrack and compare that with what you hear from 00:45 in the first video. It is the same melody.




Additional information

Stavroula Thoma: Website

Georgios Filadelfefs: Website

Danae Kara: Webpage

About "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis"

The blog "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis" started in 2010. The not-for-profit activities of the initiator were and are to collect, create and publish information about the MUSIC of the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis via YouTube, Google+, Twitter, and this blog. Sources for this information are utterly strictly related with Mikis Theodorakis' Music only. The icon is a bouzouki. It is Greece's national symbol for freedom. During the Regime of the Colonels (Military Junta, 1967-1974) the bouzouki was forbidden. Mikis Theodorakis used this authentic Greek instrument in almost all his compositions, and Greeks were listening to Theodorakis's music in the underground scene, during the Military Junta time.
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