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ANTONIOU, Theodore (b 1935)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS


  • Konstantinos Destounis, piano

Theodore Antoniou is one of Greece’s most celebrated and prolific contemporary composers. His music integrates traditional Greek musical elements within styles ranging from the impressionism of Aquarelle to the virtuoso effects of Entrata, all approached in intuitive ways, and always with an underlying dramatic plot inspired by ancient Greek drama, resulting in the invention of ‘Abstract Programmatic Music.’ This programme was recorded in the presence of the composer, who considers Konstantinos Destounis ‘a phenomenon… a great interpreter of my complete piano works.’

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Tracklist

1
Entrata (1983) * (00:15:36)
 
Aquarelles (1958) (00:13:00 )
2
No. 1. Adagio espressivo * (00:01:19)
3
No. 2. Vivo e secco * (00:00:49)
4
No. 3. Largo mysterioso * (00:01:28)
5
No. 4. Allegro ritmico * (00:00:57)
6
No. 5. Andante espressivo * (00:01:45)
7
No. 6. Allegro brioso * (00:00:49)
8
No. 7. Andantino calmo * (00:01:16)
9
No. 8. Presto scherzando * (00:00:50)
10
No. 9. Largo amoroso * (00:02:36)
11
No. 10. Allegro barbaro * (00:01:00)
 
Piano Sonata, Op. 7 (1959) (00:09:16 )
12
I. Allegro moderato * (00:02:10)
13
II. Scherzino * (00:01:55)
14
III. Adagio * (00:02:33)
15
IV. Presto * (00:02:27)
 
Syllables (1967) (00:05:13 )
16
No. 1. Parechesis * (00:01:15)
17
No. 2. Anagramme * (00:00:31)
18
No. 3. Paragogen * (00:01:10)
19
No. 4. Epenthesis * (00:00:48)
20
No. 5. Aphairesis * (00:00:59)
21
No. 6. Synchysis * (00:00:27)
 
Prelude and Toccata (1982) (00:05:09 )
22
Prelude (00:01:46)
23
Toccata (00:03:19)
 
Inventions and Fugue, Op. 4, No. 1 (1958) (00:07:38 )
24
Invention No. 1 à 2 voix * (00:01:48)
25
Invention No. 2 à 3 voix * (00:01:03)
26
Invention No. 3 à 3 voix * (00:01:50)
27
Invention No. 4 à 3 voix * (00:01:26)
28
Fugue * (00:01:21)
 
Inventions, Prelude and Fugue, Op. 4, No. 2 (1958) (00:07:43 )
29
Invention No. 1 à 3 voix * (00:00:59)
30
Invention No. 2 à 3 voix * (00:01:24)
31
Prelude * (00:02:47)
32
Fugue * (00:02:25)
 
7 Rhythmic Dances (2000) (00:06:26 )
33
No. 1. Con brio (00:00:50)
34
No. 2. Molto ritmico (00:00:29)
35
No. 3. Presto (00:00:58)
36
No. 4. Slow (00:00:51)
37
No. 5. quarter note = 60 (00:01:51)
38
No. 6. Allegro (00:00:37)
39
No. 7. Il più presto possibile (00:00:44)
40
Synaphes (2001) * (00:08:52)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:18:00

The Artist

Konstantinos Destounis

Konstantinos Destounis (b. 1991 in Athens) is regarded as one of the most prominent Greek artists of his generation. He is a prizewinner in many international piano competitions, most notably the Grand Prix Maria Callas in Athens, the Southern Highlands in Canberra, the Giorgos Thymis in Thessaloniki and the Bremen European Piano Competition. As the winner of Greece’s national competition, he represented his country at the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna.

His performing career has led him to prestigious venues, such as the Royal Albert Hall and St John’s Smith Square in London, La Fenice in Venice, Llewellyn Hall in Canberra, the Glocke Saal in Bremen, the Megaron in Athens and Thessaloniki. As a soloist he has performed with numerous orchestras in Greece, the UK, Germany, Spain and Australia.

After graduating from the Hellenic Conservatory and the University of Macedonia in Greece, he went on to receive a master’s degree at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and an artist diploma at the Royal College of Music in London. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree at the Royal College; his research focuses on Theodore Antoniou’s piano works.

For more information, visit www.destounispiano.com.

Reviews

“Destounis’s ardent, vivid and colourful pianism only enhances my positive response to Antoniou’s music, together with the composer’s justifiably enthusiastic endorsement.” – Gramophone

“For this work [Entrata] alone, which recalls Iannis Xenakis in its style, gesture and drama, it is worth buying this fantastic and strongly interpreted CD.” – Piano News