Composer: Nikita Koshkin
Performer: Elena Papandreou – guitar, Angelos Liakakis – cello
Orchestra: Singapore Symphony Orchestra, New Hellenic Quartet
Conductor: Lan Shui
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 44,1kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: BIS Records
Size: 693.1 MB
Scan: yes (booklet PDF)
Elena Papandreou / plays Nikita Koshkin (2012)
Nikita Koshkin (b.1956)
Megaron Concerto 38:34
01. I. Allegro sostenuto – Allegretto marziale 10:16
02. II. Allegro assai 6:36
03. III. Adagio 11:06
04. IV. Vivo – Andante 10:36
Guitar Quintet 24:46
05. I. Allegro moderato 5:44
06. II. Romance: Adagio 7:36
07. III. Scherzo: Vivo energico 3:38
08. IV. Passacaglia: Adagio 7:48
09. L’istesso tempo 11:42
10. Polka Papandreou (version for guitar and string orchestra) 1:57
Recorded: August 2009
Recording Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore
BIS present a disc of music from two long-standing collaborators: the Russian composer Nikita Koshkin and the Greek guitarist Elena Papandreou.
On the present disc, all four works are world première recordings, and three of them were written with Elena Papandreou in mind. The Megaron Concerto was the result of a commission from the Athens concert hall which has given its name to the concerto.
The composer’s Russian roots are also discernible in the large-scale Quintet.
The most recent composition in the programme is the duo L’istesso tempo from 2010, commissioned to supplement the limited repertoire for cello and guitar.
The disc closes with Polka Papandreou, a brief and light-hearted piece performed here in a version for guitar and string orchestra.