August 2013

Rethymnon Renaissance festival 2013

A unique journey, that goes beyond all local or temporal boundaries. A magical flight from East to West and from Art to Science linked with people and their great need for Art and communication. We expect you to the heart of the castle, in Rethymnon, hoping to move your heart! Dr. Artemis Papadaki - Cultural Director

“Music at the Court of Queen Elizabeth I”

Nikos Spanatis, counter tenor, and Katerina Ktona, harpsichord, will perform well-known songs from Shakespeare’s plays and traditional English melodies by important Elizabethan composers, such as William Byrd, John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Martin Peerson, Thomas Morley and others.

The harmonious counter tenor’s voice and the gentle harpsichord sound re promising a special musical evening.


Counter tenor Nikos Spanatis has performed in great concert halls and has collaborated with almost all the important baroque ensembles and orchestras in Greece. The distinguished harpsichordist Katerina Ktona, among the pioneers in the spreading of early music in Greece, continues being a leading figure in this domain. The two artists have cooperated many times in programs related to Early music, specializing in the music from the Elizabethan era up to the late baroque period, with great success. 


Nikos Spanatis, countertenor

Katerina Ktona, harpsichord

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Greensleeves (Anonymus)
The Three Ravens (Anonymus)
Callino Casturame (William Byrd)
Coventry Carol (Anonymus)
Pavana Lachrymae (John Dowland set by William Byrd)
Come again sweet love (John Dowland)
I saw my lady weep (John Dowland)
Can she excuse my wrongs (John Dowland)
Wolseys Wilde (William Byrd)
Sorrow stay (John Dowland)
Where the bee sucks (The Tempest) (Robert Johnson II)
Two Almans (Robert Johnson)
Full Fathom five (The Tempest) (Robert Johnson II)
Rest Sweet Nymphs (Francis Pilkington)
The Willow Song (Othello) (Anonymus)
The fall of the leafe (Martin Peerson)
It was a lover and his lass (As you like it) (Thomas Morley)

Katerina Ktona was born in Athens. She received a piano diploma (1st Prize) from the Athens Conservatory. With a scholarship from the German government, DAAD, she specialized in harpsichord and clavichord with Hedwig Bilgram at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Munich, where she graduated in 1976 with the highest dinstiction. She has also attended seminars with Kenneth Gilberd in Belgium and Ton Koopman in Scotland.
In 1977 she has started her professional career in Greece. She has collaborated with several international artists such as Marcel St-Cyr, Roberto Fabbriciani, Carlo Denti, and Nicolas Kynaston with whom she has presented works for organ and harpsichord. She is a founding member of the Greek baroque ensemble SINFONIA, which quite often collaborates with soloists such as Nancy Argenta, Greta de Reyghere, and with conductors such as Eric van Nevel and Paul Dombrecht. SINFONIA has also appeared together with the British ensemble His Majesties Sugbutts and Cornets. Katerina Ktona has performed as soloist with the Orchestra of the Greek Radio and Television, the Athens State Orchestra, and the Greek chamber orchestra Kamerata, with which she has collaborated in the first Greek performance of the Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings by Nicolas Gorecki. She has also given the first Greek performance of works for solo harpsichord based on Byzantine themes by the Greek composer Dion Aryvas. K.Ktona is harpsichord professor at the Nakas Conservatory.




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