Translation of the article ~Η Μαρία Φαραντούρη ερμηνεύει Μίκη Θεοδωράκη στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής!~ in Musicity on February 23, 2018
Reason for me to translate this article is the first performance in public, ever, of Andalusia, also written as Andalucia, an arrangement/transcription of the composition Romancero Gitano, based on a serial of poems with the same name, by Frederico Gabriel Lorca. This arrangement is from 2009, and if I am well informed: there has not been any other concert with this composition: Andalusia. It seems to be Mikis Theodorakis’ last composition, because on the list of compositions there has not any new composition been added since 2009. Hopefully this concert is recorded.
I have linked several names in the article, to offer more detailed information.
Three master pieces composed by Mikis Theodorakis are presented on Friday, February 23, at 20:30 in the Christos Lambrakis Hall:
Ανδαλουσία / Andalusia, for voice and symphony orchestra” (review of “Romancero Gitano”, which the composer rewrote a few years ago, a cantata for mezzo soprano, choir and orchestra, Μυθιστόρημα (poet George Seferis) and Πνευματικό Εμβατήριο / Spiritual Marriage, March of the Spirit (poet Angelos Sikelianos). On stage is Maria Farantouri, a singer with an artistic journey unbreakably tied to the musical work of Theodorakis, who has stamped in her own voice the struggles for democracy and freedom. With her is the bass Tassos Apostolos, a distinct lyric performer.
The rich symphonic sound with the deep lyrical and epic character of the great Greek composer releases the musical power of words in the poetry of Lorca, Elytis, Seferis and Sikelianos. The choir Δεη-Δεδδηε sings in “Πνευματικό Εμβατήριο”. This choir is one of the most prestigious choral ensembles of the country, and has a rich history since 1978 (conductor: Kostis Konstanaras). Performers and choruses are framed by the Athens State Orchestra; the conductor is Ανδρέας Πιλαρινός/ Andreas Pilarinos.
A few words about the works
Ανδαλουσία / “Andalusia
It is the relatively recent return of Mikis Theodorakis to his oldest work, entitled “Romancero Gitano”, which was re-composed for voice and symphony orchestra (2009). In its original form, the play was written in 1967, and included 7 songs based on Poetry by Frederico Garcia Lorca in a free rendition by Odysseas Elytis. Andalusia is the fourth arrangement of the same work’, next to the voice and guitar composition, and the arrangement for voice, guitar, chorus and symphony orchestra, entitled “Guitar Concerto”.
The Cycle of Μυθιστόρημα was written in 1968 when Mikis Theodorakis was detained in Oropos prison. It is based on the homonymous poetic collection of George Seferis which was published earlier (1935) and includes 4 songs. The first recording of the project took place in Paris in 1971 with Maria Farantouri on behalf of Polydor.
Πνευματικό Εμβατήριο / “Spiritual Marriage” / “March of the Spirit”
The March of the Spirit, or Αρκαδία V–Πνευματικό Εμβατήριο, as the full title, was written in Zatouna, Arkadia, in February 1969, where the composer was under house arrest. It is based on the poem of Angelos Sikelianos and belongs to the category of post-symphonic works. The first recording was made of a concert at Albert Hall, London on 28/6/1970 with the voices of Maria Farantouri, Antonis Kalogiannis and Yannis (John) Theocharris, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra, the New Opera London Choir and the Gwalia Male Choir from Wales.
Choir Direction │Kostis Konstantaras
Athens State Orchestra
Music address │Andrea Pylarinos
Additional information and references
- Schott music: Andalucía
- Video with another performance of “Μυθιστόρημα“:
MYTHISTORIMA (adaptation for voice and symphony orchestra)
music Mikis Theodorakis, poetry by George SeferisFrom a concert of ERT’s Music Ensembles Directorate in the Concert Hall in 1994.
Maria Farantouri (Dimitra Galani participates in “Λίγο ακόμα μπιζ “)
- 0:22 Τώρα που θα φύγεις
- 4:54 Στο στήθος μου η πληγή
- 8:28 Ο ύπνος σε τύλιξε
- 11:42 Λίγο ακόμα μπιζ
- 14:34 Ο ύπνος σε τύλιξε
- 17:39 Λίγο ακόμα
(From the archive of Athanasios Sakellarakis.)
- Musicity: Article about the concert on 23 February 2018, Athens
- Christos Lambrakis Hall
- Playlist: Romancero Gitano
- Wikipedia: Frederico Garcia Lorca
- Playlist: Πνευματικό Εμβατήριο
- Wikipedia: Angelos Sikelianos
- Wikipedia: Lilian Voudouri Music Library
- Blog post: The Spirit Of Freedom
- Conductor: Andreas Palinaros
- First recording March of the Spirit, London 1970
- Playlist: Mikis Theodorakis in Zatouna
- Playlist: Maria Farantouri sings Mikis Theodorakis
- Photos: Zatouna