The music chosen by pianist Erato Alakiozidou for her new album, In Blue and White, represents a spiritual journey of self-discovery.
Alakiozidou has arranged these works by Greek composers to create a musical and emotional journey for the listener. The works range from the abstract, such as the Piano Pieces by Anastassis Philippakopoulos, to the metaphysical, in the dream-pieces of Stathis Gyftakis and the evocative, with Mediterranean flora and fauna conjured up in Mediterranean Desert by Giorgos Koumendakis.
Erato Alakiozidou was born in Greece and, from her home in Thessaloniki, has been active in commissioning, promoting and performing Greek contemporary music for 20 years. She believes passionately in the capacity for Greek music in all its quality and variety to find a wider international audience.
Antoniou, Theodore: Seven Rhythmic Dances;
Koumendakis, Giorgos: Three Mediterranean Herbs - Mediterranean Desert: Thyme; Three Mediterranean Herbs - Mediterranean Desert: Sage; Three Mediterranean Herbs - Mediterranean Desert: Mint; Mediterranean Desert: The Caterpillar and the Treble-Bar of L. van B.; Mediterranean Desert: Grouper; Mediterranean Desert: Praying Mantis;
Couroupos, George: Three Times the Love, Op. 43: 1 / 8 with Passion; Three Times the Love: Countless Eighths – Always with Love; Three Times the Love, Op. 43: 13 / 8 with Love;
Kitsos, Vassilis: Of Every Breath; Siempis, Kostas: Chorales in Memory;
Tsougras, Costas: Three Stylistic Studies: To Endeka (Eleven) - Study on Yannis Constantinidis; Nasopoulou, Aspasia: Ochto;
Gyftakis, Stathis: First Dream; Deep Blue... Almost Black; Nightmares;
Philippakopoulos, Anastassis: Piano Piece (2015); Piano Piece (2014);
Papadatos, Joseph: Rising from the Sea, Op. 108: Anadyomene; Skyllas, Dimitrios: Nine Miniatures for the Universe / Mirroring Earth: Miniatures II and VI; Kyriakakis, Giorgos: Alfred auf Yaros; Hadjileontiadis, Leontios: Sequences, Op. 84: In a Yannis Constantinidis Style; Tsoupaki, Calliope: Lasting Sounds of a Deep Sea;