Mikis Theodorakis Megaron Athens Odysseus Elytis

MIKIS THEODORAKIS – music to Odysseus Elytis’ poetry

Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
When: 12 October 2018
Why Go: Hear a timeless landmark in Greek musical history performed LIVE

A unique musical composition by Mikis Theodorakis comes to the Megaron in Athens. “Axion Esti” was one of the most important volumes of verse written by the acclaimed Greek poet Odysseus Elytis in 1959 and became a source of inspiration for this work.

It was in the early 1960s when Mikis Theodorakis was a young and promising composer of post-war Greek music, when he envisioned a fusion of Western symphonic music with the Greek traditions of Christian-Orthodox church music. Odysseus Elytis’ expansive poetic vision inspired Theodorakis into composing a folk oratorio, a timeless landmark in Greek popular music.

Mikis Theodorakis Megaron Athens Odysseus Elytis

Members of the Camerata under the baton of the internationally acclaimed conductor George Petrou present the original version of this work (1964), without electric reinforcement in the symphonic and lyrical part, enabling Theodorakis’ bold arrangements to shine through the pure lines of acoustic sound.

Vassilis Papakonstantinou: singer
Nikos Karathanos: narrator
Dimitris Platanias: cantor

Members of the Camerata – Orchestra of the Friends of Music
Conductor: George Petrou


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