UNDER THE SUPPORT OF MINISTRY
OF CULTURE AND SPORTS
Tribute to Arvo Pärt
Adagio – Music for Easter
Good Monday 10th April, 20:30
Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall
Artemis Bogri, soprano
Nikos Spanatis, countertenor
Vassilis Kavagias, tenor
Kostas Panagiotidis violin
Morfo Papadimitriou violin
Aggela Giannaki viola
Dimitris Travlos cello
Christos Sakellaridis piano
With the collaboraton of Helen Keventzidou organ
Musical Direction: Nikos Tsouchlos
Artistic coordination: Alexandros Mouzas
The three-day events of this year's Adagio, the annual cycle of Megaron Hall events for Holy Week and Easter which have been admired by music-loving audience, peak on Good Monday 10th April at 8:30pm with a Tribute to Arvo Pärt, at Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall. Being a minimalist creator, one of the greatest of our era, Estonian Arvo Pärt has composed multiple pieces of religious as well as secular music which are often performed at concert halls all around the world. From his list of works, the following pieces have been selected for Good Monday’s concert program at Megaron: his compositions Mozart-Adagio», «Spiegel im Spiegel», «Summa», «My Heart ’s in the Highlands», «Fratres» and «Stabat Mater». The solo vocal parts are being performed by soprano Artemis Bogri, countertenor Nikos Spanatis and tenor Vassilis Kavagias. Accompanied by Ergon Ensemble. Under the baton of Nikos Tsouchlos. Participant soloists: Kostas Panagiotidis and Morfo Papadimitriou (violin), Aggela Giannaki (viola), Dimitris Travlos (cello) and Christos Sakellaridis (piano). With the collaboration of organist Helen Keventzidou.
The works «My Heart ’s in the Highlands» and «Stabat Mater» are presented with Greek subtitles.
Tribute to Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)…
… covers a time range of almost 40 years including pieces from the so-called “second period” of the composer, when Pärt started to delve into old music and inquire the roots of western music, focusing on gregorian chant and the European polyphony of Renaissance.
The program starts with «Mozart-Adagio» (1992/2005) for violin, cello and piano, performed by Kostas Panagiotidis (violin), Dimitris Travlos (cello) and Christos Sakellaridis (piano). Then, «Spiegel im Spiegel» (1978) will be performed, with Aggela Giannaki (viola) and Christos Sakellaridis (piano). «Summa» follows (1977/1991) for string quartet. Subsequently, countertenor Nikos Spanatis and organist Helen Keventzidou will perform My Heart ’s in the Highlands» (2000/2013). The epilogue of the first part belongs to one of Pärt’s most famous compositions, «Fratres» (1977/1985/1989) which will be performed in the version for string quartet.
In the second part of Tribute to Arvo Pärt «Stabat Mater» will be performed, a piece written in 1985 upon request of the Alban Berg Foundation. With this religious composition, Pärt continues the tradition of western music and hymnography with creations that describe Holy Mary’s pain towards her Crucified Son («Stabat Mater dolorosa» «Mother stands still in pain), a tradition that has appeared from Palestrina’s time and reaches the 20th and 21st century. Vocal parts are being performed by Artemis Bogri (soprano), Nikos Spanatis (counter tenor) and Vassilis Kavagias (tenor). Accompanied by violinist Kostas Panagiotidis, violist Aggela Giannaki and cellist Dimitris Travlos.
|The ensemble is specializing in contemporary music. Their devotion to accurate performances is one of their basic characteristics. Their aim is to promote masterpieces of contemporary music and recent international repertoire and to present them to the largest audience possible. In the mean time, as a Greek music ensemble, having the comparative advantage of accessing Greek contemporary ergography, they look forward to promoting Greek music creation on the international scene.
Founded in 2008, Ergon Ensemble comprises a group of most talented soloists, all graduates of the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie. An extremely flexible ensemble of immerse versatility, Ergon is based on a core formation of musicians that is further reinforced, depending on the project, by a great number of guests and exceptionally talented musicians. Besides its critically acclaimed concerts, the ensemble is also involved in educational activities, CD recordings and interdisciplinary collaborations combining various forms of performing arts such as dance, music theatre and multimedia projects, having appeared at Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, Athens Festival, Athens Megaron Hall and other venues, receiving exceptional reviews, mostly for their excellent performances.
Ergon Ensemble is collaborating with Ensemble Modern for 2016-2017 and is supported by Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.
Head of the ensemble: Alexandros Mouzas
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