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VOICE VERSES An Evening of Poetry Set to Music

VOICE VERSES An Evening of Poetry Set to Music

Poems by Cavafy, Elytis, and Seferis
Music by Hadjidakis, Theodorakis, Kassotis, Koukos, Ravel and de Falla

Nikolaos Laaris, piano
Irini Karaianni, mezzosoprano

Savvas Kassotis (b. 1948), edited by Nikolaos Laaris and set to the poetry of C. P. Cavafy (U.S. premiere)
Εν Εσπέρα (In the Evening)
Έτσι πολύ ατένισα (So Much I Gazed)
Φωνές (Voices)
Απολείπει ο Θεός Αντώνιον (The God Abandons Antony)

Manos Hadjidakis (1925–1994) from Magnus Eroticus
Με την πρώτη σταγόνα της βροχής (With the First Drop of Rain), set to the poetry of Od. Elytis
Πέρα στο θολό ποτάμι (Away on the Misty River), set to the poetry of F. G. Lorca, translated by N. Gkatsos

Mikis Theodorakis (b. 1925) from Epiphania, set to the poetry of G. Seferis
Στο περιγυάλι το κρυφό (On the Secret Seashore)
Κράτησα την ζωή μου (I've Kept a Hold on My Life)
Άνθη της πέτρας (Flowers on the Rock)
Μέσα στις θαλασσινές σπηλιές (In the Sea Caves)

Periklis Koukos (b. 1960)
Νυχτερινό (Nocturne)
(from his opera Manuel Salinas, set to the poetry of Euripides [Orestes], translated by Tassos Roussos)
Το θαλασσινό τριφύλλι (The Sea Trefoil), set to the poetry of Od. Elytis

Dimitris Papadimitriou (b. 1959), set to the poetry of C. P. Cavafy
Επέστρεφε (Come Back)
Η Πόλις (The City)

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937): Cinq mélodies populaires grecques (Five Greek Folk Songs)
Ξύπνησε πετροπέρδικα (Song for the Bride)
Κάτω στον Άγιο Σίδερο (Yonder, at the Church)
Ποιός ασίκης (What Dandy Can Compare with Me)
Άντζελος είσαι μάτια μου (Song of the Mastic Gatherers)
Γιαρούμπι (Very merrily!)

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