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#16924 New Upgraded Forums, Blogs And Galleries

Posted by DaveW. on 24 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

WOW!!!!!! :blink: What an eye opener this was!! Great first impressions Yannis!!! Obviously an awful lot of hard work has gone into this, so yet again 'Thanks'.

#15006 Songs My Country Taught Me

Posted by DaveW. on 18 January 2009 - 11:35 AM

Although I have only just got hold of this CD it has been around for several years, on one site is described as being 'the perennial'. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
The songs by some of Greece's most well-known modern composers, are beautifully sung by Agnes Baltsa with some tremendous bouzouki playing from Kostas Papadopoulos and they cover a range of emotions.
The version I obtained was on the Deutsche Grammophon label in their 'Grand Prix' series.
If you can, get hold of a copy and hopefully you will get as much enjoyment from the music I am.

I have just used a search engine to try and find if there are other such recordings by this mezzo-soprano and did find another one! Or at least I thought I had but it seems that Deutsche G. also issued this under the title' From Greece with Love- Songs From the Olympics'.

#14983 Mouskouri Sings Hadjidakis

Posted by DaveW. on 03 January 2009 - 07:26 PM

I picked up an old CD today in a charity shop entitled 'Nana Mouskouri Sings Hits of Manos Hadjidakis' and an enjoying listening to some sunny Greek music longing for July and the warm Cretan sun B) whilst I look out on a dark and cold Wales. Some lovely songs by Mouskouri and others who feature on the CD, Laoura, Trio Kitara and Diamandis Panaretos.
Listening to this my heart is warm even though the air around is cold!! ;)

It looks as though it was issued as a souvenir type CD but there is no indication of an issue date. It was distributed by LIVA, Athens.The number is M.L. ADD 1528.

#14850 Zorba The Ballet

Posted by DaveW. on 21 October 2008 - 10:50 AM

We have all heard Zorbas' Dance at some time, but have you heard Zorba The Ballet? I have managed to get a copy and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, and have found my emotions stretched. Intense passion/patriotism for Crete, deep sadness/pain about loss and high elation.
In the sleeve notes Theodorakis describes it as 'his representative work'.
It is in my opinion a great piece of music, a true 'classsic'.
The copy I got hold of was from Intuition Classics INT 3103 2.
Enjoy it if you can find a copy.

#14577 The Miracle Of Kritsa

Posted by DaveW. on 11 August 2008 - 10:30 PM

Whilst on hols in Kalyves recently I picked up a book entitled "Headlines Crete" and in it there is a story about how in 1956 a lady who had become dumb following the death of her son 30 years previously had suddenly regained her voice when taking part in the filming of 'He Who Must Die', by Jules Dassin in Kritsa that was based upon Kazantzakis's book Christ Recrucified.

The singing by the villagers in one part of the film is described as being etched in the memory of all those who heard it.

Now my question is , does anyone know if this film has ever been available on video/DVD. I have searched several sites but cannot find any such version being available.

It would be nice to be able to watch this film which has been described by some of those who saw it in the late 50's as probably one of the best ever made about Crete.


#13842 In The Footsteps Of Heroes

Posted by DaveW. on 15 April 2008 - 03:46 PM

....................'there will be a few interesting differences'. Oh no!!! They aren't going to kidnap the German Consul are they? <_< B) Look forward to following the journey on your non-commercial web-site. Sorry that you and Yannis aren't able to make it. Although not actually there I am sure that you will both be there in spirit every foot of the journey with the team.

#11917 Translation Of 'kaimos' The Sorrow Song'

Posted by DaveW. on 04 September 2007 - 10:10 PM

Can anyone let me have an English translation of a song by Mikis Theodorakis called Kaimos, which I understand means The Sorrow Song. I came across it this summer on an EMI collection. It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful melodies I think I have ever heard. Any help would be greatfully appreciated. Much to my shame I had never come across this gentleman before but what am amazing soul he is. I am now into trying to get hold of more of his music and his poetry and to learn more about his life.

#6917 Happy Birthday Dinny

Posted by DaveW. on 16 February 2006 - 01:05 AM