KATHIMERINI NEWSPAPER • Sunday 23 August 2015

Gluck and Mozart in summer Aegina
DIMITRIOS G. KIOUSOPOULOS

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Aegina. At Avra Beach, next to the archaeological site of Kolona, just after the sunset, the island’s most renowned music festival is carried out every year.

In Lilika Nakos’ novel “Mrs Do re mi”, which describes the efforts of a French-raised girl to teach the lesson of singing in a village of Crete, there is a moment where the main character says to her students “today I will speak to you about Gluck”, and instantly the whole class burst into laughter and start shouting gluck-gluck-gluck-gluck-gluck…

So, when during the afternoon of Thursday 13th August, a small truck with a loudspeaker showed up in the streets of Aegina to ballyhoo that 10th Aegina International Music Festival would present a concert with works by Gluck and Mozart that night, and the music from “Orpheus and Euridice” poured out among olive and pistachio trees, we assumed that classical music is probably no longer something comically unfamiliar in our country.

In any case, those of us who succumbed to Orpheus’ charm visited Avra Beach that night, next to the archaeological site of Kolona. It is worth going there earlier, in order to enjoy the colors of the sky during sunset and gaze at the comings and goings of ships. The sense of soft sand under the feet and the sweet plash of the waves is certainly a luxury, equivalent to that of velvet and gold of opera theaters, to say the least. The concerts are given with microphone reinforcement – the ear gets used to that, but the truth is that, generally speaking, as a country with so many outdoor concerts, we might be able to be involved in finding a better solution one day.

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The Journalists' Daily

Belgian mystagogue in a church

15.12.2015, 11:06

Brussels 5

It has been an exceptionally interesting, uniquely delightful concert, the one given by Brussels Virtuosi orchestra from Brussels the other day at the St Paul's Anglican Church (01/12/2015). Founded in 1981 by virtuoso flutist Marc Grauwels, who is also its artistic director and conductor, this small ensemble of flexible composition is specialized in the performance of a rare repertoire, proposes programs with exquisite, full of surprises arrangement, has made an international career and has a large discography.

Between 28/11 and 30/11, the Belgian musicians gave concerts in Serres, Kavala and Piraeus. In those concerts, they proposed an appreciated light program, mainly focused on a full of hidden grace, neglected instrumental repertoire of the transition from baroque to classic era, with an anticipated emphasis on works for flute among which there were concerts of Domenico Cimarosa, Carl Philipp and Johann Sebastian Bach.

In their performance in Athens, which was repeated twice in the same day at the same venue, they added vocal works.

Taking over a double role of soloist/conductor, at the beginning of the concert Grauwels performed minuet for flute and orchestra ("Dance of the Blessed Spirits") from the "Orpheus and Euridice" opera by Gluck, as well as the rarely performed "Concert for violin, flute and orchestra" by Domenico Cimarosa.

Soloists and orchestra performed in an absolute coordination: not just technically, at the flow of the music, but, mainly, with a mutual correspondence of inconceivable immediacy regarding the malleable forming of expressivity by the first.

The sound of the flute was exquisite, with crystal clear articulation, vocal expressivity in its melodic delivery and seductively plastic performance of the dancing rhythm of the music, while its intercourse with the violin (Jean Frederic-Molard) was delightfully playful.

All the above composed a concert of high musicality, vibrating with euphoria. The nine-member ensemble's performance was of an excitingly rich expressive palette, too.

And Greek voices

In the rest of the program, Belgian musicians accompanied soprano Vassiliki Karagianni and counter tenor Nikos Spanatis in works of vocal music.

Nikos Spanatis performed arias and operas by Vivaldi and Mozart. Sounding beautifully in the small venue of the church, his velvet, hedonically dark-colored voice enchantingly conversed with the flute at Vivaldi's aria from the "Orlando Furioso", while his elegant, gently emotional singing gave a touching performance of the aria from "Ascanio in Alba" by Mozart.

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KATHIMERINI NEWSPAPER • Sunday 23 August 2015

Gluck and Mozart in summer Aegina
DIMITRIOS G. KIOUSOPOULOS

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Aegina. At Avra Beach, next to the archaeological site of Kolona, just after the sunset, the island’s most renowned music festival is carried out every year.

In Lilika Nakos’ novel “Mrs Do re mi”, which describes the efforts of a French-raised girl to teach the lesson of singing in a village of Crete, there is a moment where the main character says to her students “today I will speak to you about Gluck”, and instantly the whole class burst into laughter and start shouting gluck-gluck-gluck-gluck-gluck…

So, when during the afternoon of Thursday 13th August, a small truck with a loudspeaker showed up in the streets of Aegina to ballyhoo that 10th Aegina International Music Festival would present a concert with works by Gluck and Mozart that night, and the music from “Orpheus and Euridice” poured out among olive and pistachio trees, we assumed that classical music is probably no longer something comically unfamiliar in our country.

In any case, those of us who succumbed to Orpheus’ charm visited Avra Beach that night, next to the archaeological site of Kolona. It is worth going there earlier, in order to enjoy the colors of the sky during sunset and gaze at the comings and goings of ships. The sense of soft sand under the feet and the sweet plash of the waves is certainly a luxury, equivalent to that of velvet and gold of opera theaters, to say the least. The concerts are given with microphone reinforcement – the ear gets used to that, but the truth is that, generally speaking, as a country with so many outdoor concerts, we might be able to be involved in finding a better solution one day.

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NAFTEMPORIKI NEWSPAPER • Friday, April 11, 2014
Religious music of ecumenical spirituality

At the Museum of Islamic Art

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Through the Islamic art and the devout atmosphere of the upcoming Holy Week, the secular poetry of Dionysios Solomos and the Christian lament of the Virgin will inculcate in our hearts the universal dimension of spirituality.
In two special musical evenings entitled " Looking for the meaning of spirituality ", Benaki Museum hosts at the Museum of Islamic Art, Maira Milolidaki (soprano) and Nikos Spanatis (countertenor), on Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday, 12 and 13 April respectively, at 8 pm.

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NAFTEMPORIKI NEWSPAPER • , Thursday, January 30, 2014

Under the musical heaven of the City of Light | gazARTE
Thursday, January 30, 2014 8:35

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The magical musical sky of the City of Light will spread all of its Parisian beauty and melody of stars in a unique night, with a piano and two voices, full of French notes . Specialising in French music, the concert «Sous le Ciel de Paris», with the the mezzo-soprano Irene Karayanni, the counter tenor Nikos Spanatis and the pianist Dimitris Yiakas, will take place in Gazarte, on Friday, January 31, at 9pm.

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KATHIMERINI NEWSPAPER • Thursday, August 15, 2013

Renaissance Festival, music for “collectors”

CRETE. The Rethymno Renaissance Festival, one of the most successful institutions of the Greek summer, begins on 17th of August (lasting up to 31/8). Full of literary events and music, the festival integrates the city into an international network of thematic events that can help boost both tourism and prestige of Rethymno as a city of culture.

The Festival, whose Artistic Director is Ms. Artemis Papadakis, has been able to highlight historical sites and monuments of Rethymno and attach them to modern life. The program is indeed rich . Of great value are the two concerts that bring us close to the music universe of historical periods and places with special emotional meaning. On 18th of August, the “Ensemble Constantinople” will present a musical journey from the courtyard of “Versailles” to the grand palace “Chehel Sotoun” in the Isfahan, Persia and the “Topkapi Palace” in Istanbul ( Theatre Erophile -Fortezza).

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NAFTEMPORIKI NEWSPAPER • Thursday, August 22, 2013

Music Renaissance at the "courtyard of Queen Elizabeth '
Archaeological site “Ibrahim Han Mosque” in Rethymno Fortezza ,Thursday, August 22

Tuesday. August 20, 2013 10:03 UPD: 21/08/2013 10:04

The two artists will present a unique concert entitled "Music at the court of Queen Elizabeth I ," at the archaeological site Ibrahim Han Mosque in Rethymno Fortezza , Thursday, Aug. 22 , at 9:30 pm.

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The sensitive counter tenor's voice and the gentle harpsichord sound promise a special musical evening.

Entitled "Music at the court of Queen Elizabeth I ," the two artists will present - as part of this year's Renaissance Festival of Rethymno - a unique concert at the archaeological site “Ibrahim Han Mosque” in Rethymno Fortezza , Thursday, Aug. 22 , at 21:30.

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NAFTEMPORIKI NEWSPAPER • Saturday, July 6, 2013

MYKONIAN musical evening in the "1st Festival of Athens School of Fine Arts Station»
Saturday, 06 July 2013 10:30

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Aiming to become the beginning of an institution - an active member of the society and the artistic avant-garde, the "Festival of Athens School of Fine Arts Around Greece" is organized for the first time by the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and "Petit Opera du Monde".

With perfomances around six Greek locations which act as creative cores of  both the students and teachers of the ASFA, the festival starts from “Grypareio Cultural Center” of Mykonos, where the counter tenor Nikos Spanatis and harpsichord Katerina Ktona will present a program of Elizabethan music, entitled "Singing in the yard of Elizabeth I," Sunday, July 7 at 21:30 pm.

Nikos Spanatis, counter tenor, and Katerina Ktona, harpsichord, will perform well-known songs from Shakespeare's plays and traditional English melodies of important Elizabethan composers, such as William Byrd, John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Martin Peerson, Thomas Morley and others. The sensitive counter tenor's voice and the gentle harpsichord sound promise a special musical evening.

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Mozart Ascanio "Al mio ben"
Brussels Virtuosi Orchestra

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Gluck Orfeo "Ahime..Che farò"
Musica Vitae & Tiberiu Soare

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Mozart Mitridate "Venga pur"
Athens State Orchestra

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Händel Partenope "Furibondo"
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta

2014 - 12 - 15 Esthonoi 1

Händel Serse "Ombra mai fu"
Baroque Ensemble

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Koumendakis "Hedda Gabler"
Baroque Ensemble

2017 - 10 - 12 Rethymno Melacholia 1

Gounod "Serenade"
Dimitris Yakas, piano

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Barber "Un Cygne"
Dimitris Yakas, piano

2018 - 10 - 13 Brussels Thessaloniki 2



Monteverdi "Oblivion soave"
Effi Minakoulis, theorbo

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Philip Glass "Akhnaten"
Dimitris Yakas, piano

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Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Camerata Ensemble

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Britten Oberon's aria
Greek Opera Studio

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Nyman "if"
Sound Recording

8. Michael Nyman If from The Diary of Anne Frank

 

 

 

 VOCAL TEACHER

Ethniko Odeio Ymittos


4 CDs

4CDs Nikos Spanatis fornt