GEORGIOS AXIOTIS (1875-1924): A Love Trilogy - Symphonic Impressions*, Sunset*, Prelude and Fugue, Remembrance of a Ball*, Lyrical Intermezzo*, Like a Game*. * - First Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 05X003
Description: Axiotis was a leading and historically significant Greek composer who was opposed to the ‘Germanisation’ of music education in Greece. His training in Naples led him to conceive of national music of a Mediterranean quality related to the naturalism of Italian verismo. The works on this album are his most important and lasting contributions to Greek orchestral music. Axiotis possessed an exceptional instinct for balance and timbre and was a splendid orchestrator. The lyricism in these pieces exudes Greek late Romanticism, while his nature depictions are strongly atmospheric. Particularly striking is the three-part, 35-minute A Love Trilogy. New Festival Opera-Symphony Orchestra; Byron Fidetzis.