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11-19 August 2023

In a world where most of us focus on how to reach our highest possible individual success at any cost, we often forget to remember how dependent we are on the planet that we live on, yet tend to exploit. It is the very land, water and air that we so often take for granted, that actually give us the opportunity to lead our lives in the first place. This is why, in this year, we want to explore the theme “Symbiosis”.

Symbiosis, derived from the Ancient Greek words “syn“, meaning “together”, and “vios“, meaning “life”, is a reminder of the importance of working with each other instead of against each other. 

With our growing technological capabilities it is easy to forget just how much we need nature for our inner peace and health. We lose our connection to nature at our own peril. Climate change is not only a consequence of our own greed but a loss of interacting with nature in a way that used to be intrinsic. We all reconnect to this feeling instantly when we are awed by the majestic view from the top of a mountain or when we are humbled by gazing at the horizon across the seemingly infinite ocean. 

This year we want to focus on honouring and reconnecting with the magic of nature and find a way to live with it in harmony once again.

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Programme

11.08

Undying Hope

KREMASTI STONE BRIDGE – AGIA PARASKEVI 20:15

Admission free

  • REINHOLD GLIÈRE (1875-1962)
    Εight Pieces for Violin and Cello, Op. 39
    1. Prelude
    2. Gavotte
    3. Berceusse
    4. Canzonetta
    5. Intermezzo
    6. Impromptu
    7. Scherzo
    8. Etude

    EUGÈNE YSAŸE (1858-1931)
    Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade”

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
    Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
    2. Allemande
    3. Courante

    NICCOLÒ PAGANINI (1782-1840)
    Caprice for Solo Violin in A Major, Op. 1, No. 21

  • Stavros Samaras violin
    Εvripidis Samaras cello
12.08

The world as undivided unity

Castle of Mytilene 20:15

Admission free

  • CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
    Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, L. 135
    1. Prologue. Lent
    2. Sérénade: Modérément animé
    3. Finale. AniméCÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
    1. Allegretto ben moderato
    2. AllegroJOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
    Hungarian Dances for Piano Four Hands, WoO 1 (book 1)
    1. Allegro molto
    2. Allegro non assai
    3. Allegretto
    4. Poco sostenuto
    5. Allegro
  • Stavros Samaras violin
    Εvripidis Samaras cello
    Danae & Kiveli Dörken piano
14.08

TRYFON ART RESIDENCY 21:00

Admission free

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949)

 

Enoch Arden

Based on the homonymous narrative poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

Pygmalion Dadakaridis narrator
Theodore Tzovanakis
 piano

Directed and translated by Lefteris Giovanidis

An extraordinary and touching love story

The poem “Enoch Arden” (1864) by Alfred Lord Tennyson, inspired Richard Strauss to compose a unique piece for narrator and piano in 1897. The first actor to ever perform the text was the German Ernst von Possart. The work was popular in its day, but fell into obscurity when times changed and recitations and melodramas began to be considered outdated. In more recent years, it has attracted a number of notable performers in both the role of narrator and pianist. The audience is invited into a peculiar journey. The life and emotional coming of age of Enoch, a stoic young man, an almost biblical figure with unquestionable moral values and infinite goodness. Three children live carefree lives in the woods, but as they grow up they are confronted with the struggle for survival and the perishable nature of human existence. Two boys who fall in love with the same girl, grow up to become two men in love with the same woman. The woman is asked to choose. The atmosphere of the play darkens as daily hardships, sickness, and exile pose a series of trials for the characters in the story. As is so often the case, in the midst of bleak despair, unconditional love shines through and despite the adversity, it prevails. Enoch, like Odysseus, goes away on a ship trip, Anna remains faithful, awaiting his return, while a suitor of ‘another era’ besieges her. As the story unfolds, we follow Enoch’s adventures, his resourcefulness in the face of adversity, his determined desire to return. The situation is presented without idealization, in a style befitting the Victorian ethos and lyricism of a poet of Tennyson’s stature. We thus have the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of all three of the story’s heroes, to understand their dilemmas, their ontological ruptures and the robustness of their decisions. Poetry meets music, rhythmic speech and melody become one, together they project every conscious and unconscious choice, evoking intense emotion.

The performance premiered in September 2022 in Piraeus as a co-production between the Athens Concert Hall and the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus.

14.08

DELFINIA HOTEL / SEAFRONT PARK 21:00

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RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949)

Enoch Arden

Based on the homonymous narrative poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Pygmalion Dadakaridis narrator
Theodore Tzovanakis
 piano

Directed and translated by Lefteris Giovanidis

An extraordinary and touching love story

The poem “Enoch Arden” (1864) by Alfred Lord Tennyson, inspired Richard Strauss to compose a unique piece for narrator and piano in 1897. The first actor to ever perform the text was the German Ernst von Possart. The work was popular in its day, but fell into obscurity when times changed and recitations and melodramas began to be considered outdated. In more recent years, it has attracted a number of notable performers in both the role of narrator and pianist. The audience is invited into a peculiar journey. The life and emotional coming of age of Enoch, a stoic young man, an almost biblical figure with unquestionable moral values and infinite goodness. Three children live carefree lives in the woods, but as they grow up they are confronted with the struggle for survival and the perishable nature of human existence. Two boys who fall in love with the same girl, grow up to become two men in love with the same woman. The woman is asked to choose. The atmosphere of the play darkens as daily hardships, sickness, and exile pose a series of trials for the characters in the story. As is so often the case, in the midst of bleak despair, unconditional love shines through and despite the adversity, it prevails. Enoch, like Odysseus, goes away on a ship trip, Anna remains faithful, awaiting his return, while a suitor of ‘another era’ besieges her. As the story unfolds, we follow Enoch’s adventures, his resourcefulness in the face of adversity, his determined desire to return. The situation is presented without idealization, in a style befitting the Victorian ethos and lyricism of a poet of Tennyson’s stature. We thus have the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of all three of the story’s heroes, to understand their dilemmas, their ontological ruptures and the robustness of their decisions. Poetry meets music, rhythmic speech and melody become one, together they project every conscious and unconscious choice, evoking intense emotion.

The performance premiered in September 2022 in Piraeus as a co-production between the Athens Concert Hall and the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus.

16.08

ALIENATION

DELFINIA HOTEL / SEAFRONT PARK 21:00

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  • DAVID ORLOWSKY
    Lyra for Clarinet and String Quartet
  • David Orlowsky, clarinet
    Noé Inui, violin
    Kirill Troussov, violin
    Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
    Benedict Klöckner, cello

 

  • MAURICE RAVEL
    Kaddisch, from Deux Mélodies Hébraïques, for Soprano and String Quartet
    (Kaddisch, from Two Hebrew Songs)
  • Danae Kontora, soprano
    Noé Inui, violin
    Kirill Troussov, violin
    Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
    Benedict Klöckner, cello

 

  • FRANZ SCHUBERT
    String Quintet in C Μajor, D. 956
    1. Allegro ma non troppo
    2. Adagio
    3. Presto – Trio. Andante sostenuto
    4. Allegretto – Più allegro
  • Antje Weithaas, violin
    Tobias Feldmann, violin
    Muriel Razavi, viola
    Benedict Klöckner, cello
    Isang Enders, cello
17.08

COEXISTENCE

DELFINIA HOTEL / SEAFRONT PARK 21:00

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  • ROBERT SCHUMANN
    Vogel als Prophet, from Waldszenen, Op. 82, for Solo Piano
    (Bird as Prophet, from Forest Scenes)
  • Danae Dörken, piano

 

  • CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
    Le Rossignol et la Rose, from Parysatis, for Soprano and Piano
    (The Nightingale and the Rose, from Parysatis)
  • Danae Kontora, soprano
    Kiveli Dörken, piano

 

  • OLIVIER MESSIAEN 1908-1992)
    Abîme des Oiseaux
    from Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps, for Solo Clarinet
    (Abyss of the Birds, from Quartet for the End of Time)
  • David Orlowsky, clarinet

 

  • FRANZ SCHUBERT
    An die Nachtigall, D. 497
    (Το the Nightingale)
    Text by Matthias Claudius
  • Danae Kontora, soprano
    Kiveli Dörken, piano

 

  • ALBAN BERG
    Die Nachtigall, from Sieben frühe Lieder
    (The Nightingale, from Seven Early Songs)
    Text by Theodor Storm
  • Danae Kontora, soprano
    Kiveli Dörken, piano

 

  • DIMITRIS PAPADIMITRIOU (b. 1959)
    Endogenesis – Ontogenesis
    The Flight of the Eagle
    World Premiere
  • David Orlowsky, clarinet
    Noé Inui, violin
    Stavros Samaras, violin
    Muriel Razavi, viola
    Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
    Benedict Klöckner, cello
    Evripidis Samaras, cello
    Kiveli Dörken, piano
    Danae Dörken, piano

 

  • LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
    Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost”
    1. Allegro vivace e con brio
    2. Largo assai ed espressivo
    3. Presto
  • Tobias Feldmann, violin
    Isang Enders, cello
    Danae Dörken, piano
18.08

SURVIVAL

TRYFON ART RESIDENCY 21:00

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  • SERGEY RACHMANINOFF
    Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 for Soprano and Piano
  • Danae Kontora, soprano
    anae Dörken, piano

 

  •  DAVID ORLOWSKY
    Clockmaker for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola and Cello
  • David Orlowsky, clarinet
    Noé Inui, violin
    Kirill Troussov, violin
    Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
    Isang Enders, cello

 

  • PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
    Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
  • Kirill Troussov, violin
    Benedict Klöckner, cello
    Kiveli Dörken, piano
19.08

HARMONY

DELFINIA HOTEL / SEAFRONT PARK 21:00

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  • ARVO PÄRT
    Spiegel im Spiegel for Clarinet and Piano
    (Mirror in the Mirror)
  • David Orlowsky, clarinet
    Danae Dörken, piano

 

  • JOHN CAGE
    4’33’’
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
    Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”
    Arrangement for string sextet by Michael Gotthard Fischer
  • Antje Weithaas, violin
    Noé Inui, violin
    Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
    Muriel Razavi, viola
    Isang Enders, cello
    Benedict Klöckner, cello

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Striking the right note – Spreading the music 

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