recordings

            as a composer


  

Pictures for the sadness
of the blond   girls and of Eleni


Double CD with six contemporary musical works of symphonic structure interpreted by leading performers of the Greek music scene:
Megaron Orchestra, Camerata of the Friends of Music (in 2 works) conducted by Alexandros Myrat / Sonia Theodoridou, soprano / Dimitris Kotronakis, guitar / Vangelis Christopoulos, oboe / Renato Ripo, violoncello / New Hellenic Quartet / Ourania Lampropoulou, dulciner / Sophia Lampropoulou, quanun.
Cover painting:
Spyros Vassiliou

CD 1               
Ι
.  A Song Cycle on poems by Greek poet Kostas Karyotakis (1896-1928)
    for voice, string orchestra and wind
W
ritten in 2001, together with the completion of the Amsterdam Concerto, for this and some orchestral movements inherent to those two works.
1. 
This is the way I see the gardens / Elegy on poem “Spring” ……..........10:36
for oboe and string orchestra, Soloist: Vangelis Christopoulos, oboe
2.
All my things…………………………............................................12:16
3.
Nobility ……………………………………………………....................9:35
4. Nostalgia……………………………………………….. .......................7:50
5.
Gala …………………………………………………………………......8:23

Soloist: Sonia Theodoridou, soprano
Megaron Orchestra, Camerata
of the Friends of Music
Artists collaborating with the Orchestra: Vangelis Christopoulos (oboe),
Christina Pantelidou
(english horn), Antonis Lagos (french horn), 
Maria Bildea
(harp).
Conducted by
Alexandros Myrat

II. Elegy for solo violoncello
    Written in 2009
6.
Appassionato ………………………………………………..................8:16
Soloist: Renato Ripo, violoncello

III. String Quartet no 1, in chromatic modes
    Written in 2009
7. a) Adagio, cantabile agitato &
     b) Vivo, energico con fuoco ………………………………………..........12:40
New
Hellenic Quartet
[
Georgios Demertzis, violin / Dimitris Chandrakis, violin / Angela Giannaki, viola / Angelos Liakakis, violoncello]
                                                                                             Total time 68:48

CD 2
IV
. Amsterdam Concerto / for guitar and string orchestra
The main body of all three movements of Concerto was written in 2000 in Amsterdam (whence the title), during a concert tour I held in Belgium and the Netherlands as a singer. The composition was completed in Athens in 2001 with the help (as regards in the parts of the guitar) of the guitarist, friend and collaborator Aristidis Chatzistavrou.
1.
Agitato e cantabile……………...………………………………...........10:10
2. Andante …………………………………………………......................8:54
3. Allegro maestoso ……………..………………
………………… .....................9:54

Soloist: Dimitris Kotronakis, guitar

Megaron Orchestra, Camerata of the Friends of Music
Conducted by Alexandros Myrat

V. Stories of grandma sea / for dulcimer, cembalo, violoncello & contrabass
    Completed in 2006
4.
Allegro delicatamente e maestoso …………………………………......22:20

Soloist: Ourania Lampropoulou, dulcimer

And Takis Farazis, cembalo / Renato Ripo, violoncello /
Vassilis Liarmakopoulos
, contrabass.
Conducted
by Takis Farazis

VI. Fajum / for quanun, lira of Istanbul, ney, violoncello & contrabass
      Written in 2009
5.
Affettuoso e appassionato………………………………………..........17:00

Soloist: Sophia Lampropoulou, quanun
And
Socrates Sinopoulos, lira of Istanbul / Charis Lambrakis, ney /
Renato Ripo
, violoncello / Vangelis Zografos, contrabass.
Conducted by Thanassis Moraitis
                                                                                            Total time 67:54
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All the works were recorded on June, October and November 2009 at studio Sierra (Recording engineer: Giorgos Karyotis), except for the Stories of grandma sea that was recorded at the Recording Center of Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall (Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall) on July 29, 2009 (Recording engineer: Nikos Espialidis).

The recordings were realized with the kind support of 
THE J. F. COSTOPOULOS FOUNDATION

Remixing: Giorgos Karyotis, Thanassis Moraitis
Digital mastering: Digital Press Hellas,
Petros Siakavellas
Produced by EMI Classics
Released: July 2010

Translation in English: Amerso Psarrou
The translations of the poems in English are from the book:
Kostas Karyotakis / Battered Guitars Poems and Prose
Translated by William W. Reader and Keith Taylor

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, UK 2006, Birmingham Modern Greek Translations
General Editor: Dimitris Tziovas
 

The full scores of the works are published by Papagrigoriou-Nakas Music house / www.panasmusic.gr

(For more details see Reviews)

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    Lull the
blossom of blossoms 
    –Ode to Mother

Album with a musical CD, pieces of literature and pictorial art.

A musical CD with 16 Lullabies for a small instrumental group

Composition, lyrics, instrumentation, contucting and production supervision by Thanassis Moraitis 
interpreted by Nena Venetsanou, Sonia Theodoridou, Maria Dimitriadi, Lydia Koniordou and Thanassis Moraitis

Musicians: Stella Gadedi (flute), Vangelis Christopoulos (oboe), Antonis Lagos (french horn), Maria Bildea (harp), Sertziou Nastaza (violin),  Larissa Vilegzanina (Viola), Renato Ripo (violoncello), Takis Farazis (piano)
Polyphonic choir group:
Penelope Argiropoulou, Zoe Kappou, Amalia Tatsi, Apostolis Georgopoulos, Thanassis Moraitis and the composer Nikos Tatsis 

All the works were recorded on Murch 2005, at studio Action (Recording engineer: Aris Christou)
The full score and the reduction for piano are published by Papagrigoriou-Nakas Music house / 
www.panasmusic.gr

Pieces of literature (24 Greek men of letters): Giorghos Veltsos, Vassilis Gouroghianis, Sotiris Dimitriou, Kiki Dimoula, Odysseas Elitis, Neni Euthimiadi, Tassos Kaloutsas, Dionissis Karatzas, Panayotis Kousathanas, Tilemachos Kotsias, Apostolos Likesas, Christoforos Milionis, Andreas Mitsou, Dimitris Migas, Kostas Mourselas, Titos Patrikios, Dimitris Petsetidis, Christina Ikonomidou, Konstantinos Tzamiotis, Vassilis Tsiamboussis, Giorgos Chimonas, Eliana Chourmouziadou, Giorgos Chronas.

Pictorial art (15 Greek painters): Alexis Veroukas, Manolis Grigoreas, Stefanos Daskalakis, Dimitris Zouroudis, Irini Iliopoulou, Christos Karas, Kiriakos Katzourakis, Aphroditi Liti, Zafos Xagoraris, Vana Xenou, Giorgos Rorris, Chronis Botsoglou, Edouardos Sakajan, Costas Tsoclis, Alekos Fassianos.

Cover painting: Irini Iliopoulou
Production: Indictus, October 2005

(For more details see Reviews)




The same CD of this album (with one more lullaby) r
e-issued by the title Sleep, my laughter and my light, white jasmine of the world
(Lyra 2009).
Cover painting: Costas Tsoclis










From the Press Release concerning the release
of the CD entitled Sleep, my laughter and my light, white jasmine of the world / 17 contemporary lullabies with music and lyrics by Thanassis Moraitis.
(Translated by Demetrios Lekkas)

It is the first time ever that a contemporary creator has composed an entire cycle of songs consisting of lullabies alone. The seventeen fresh compositions by Thanassis Moraitis somehow come to tie in with the –musical and textual– tradition of folk lullabies, a tradition almost sunk into oblivion due to the diverse social changes effected in post-war Greece.
    The musical scales employed by the composer as well as their instrumental arranging all stem out of the modes of ancient Greek and traditional folk music or the echoi of Byzantine chant or the maqamic modal tradition of the rebetiko.
    The compositions include three lullabies which are very special and almost rare in Greek music as far as scales are concerned. Specifically: 1) “Sleep on the roses” (No 6) is in the pentatonic anhemitonic scale of Epirote songs with their special polyphonic weaving, here presented by Sonia Theodoridou, accompanied by a polyphonic group led by Epirote composer Nikos Tatsis (note that no traditional polyphonic lullaby exists in Epirus); 2) “Quietly and very gently” (No 8) is in a Lydian and Phrygian chromatic mode, its melodic conduct alluding to the style of ancient Greek music as “crystallized” by research thus far; 3) “May has beauties” (No 13) is in the hexatonic scale –commonly referred to as Debussy’s (note that research has spotted but a single folk song from the Dodecanese in this scale).
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Text by Thanassis Moraitis which accompanies the production
of lullabies
(Translated by Demetrios Lekkas)

Perhaps a woman who has mothered could give us a more substantial account on the subject –though, now that I think about it, she would probably be the only one unfit for this bill, for he who lives in darkness speaks with more light.
    To me, as well as to many others too, –drinkers of water from the same fountain as I know them–, the only songs rightfully claiming the character of love songs are lullabies. Nothing implied, either in their lyrics or in their melodic line which is but the mere imperceptible and familiar breath of life. The melody breathes along with the infant, or, should I say, it is its breath itself laid out in music. It has neither shape nor body, just like love.
    The lyrics are the words of a blind poet who never saw light, star, new moon, wherefore he magnifies them; being shut off from the colour of jasmine and lemon tree, he borrows their fragrance; the truth of life is told effectively in fairytales, just as in love; for it is too overbearing.
    Absence of regular rhythm, save for the eternal cosmic one: so ubiquitous, that one fails to even notice it. Colour blue and the ocean are forever bound in joint lives; who shall even dare try to change that?
    Lullabies are not the expression of a mother’s emotional world; they are the echo of another life, the echo of colour violet –is it a matter of chance that the body of lyrics in folk lullabies, slightly varied, is identical to that of dirges? It is all about “I sing to you so that you live to be my own continuation” and “I touch you to assign sense to my own legs”.
    What is left behind? The monotony of iambic decapentasyllabic verses, the scent and the miracle: to walk away kissed and silent.

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