DIMITRI TERZAKIS (b.1938): Sonate Infernale for Violin and Piano, A Une Madone for Violin and Chamber Orchestra (Kolja Lessing [violin], Andeas Kersten [piano], Munich Radio Orchestra; Ulf Schirmer), Sappho-Zyklus for Female Speaker, Soprano, Fltue, Viola and Piano (Brigitte Fassbaender [speaker], Antigone Papoulkas [soprano], Christiane Lorenz [flute], Tatiana Masurenko [viola], Andres Maupoint [piano]), Visionen, die Schalen des Zorns for Choir and Viola (Masurenko [viola], Thomanerchor Leipzig; Georg Christoph Biller), Legetos for 2 Violins (Karla Beyer, Lucie Leker).
Catalogue Number: 10S076
Reference: WER 73331 2
Description: German-domiciled Greek composer Terzakis studied in Cologne with Bernd Alois Zimmermann, who encouraged him to go his own way when he expressed dissatisfaction with the serialist dogma of the day. Terzakis forged a vibrant original idiom based on his study of Greek traditional modes, creating a richly textured harmony, at once familiar and archetypally archaic, and a profoundly melodic expressiveness with long ornamented melismatic lines inflected by the microtonal pitch deviations of folksong. The concertante work for violin and string orchestra is extraordinarily striking; infused with a sense of mystery, balanced between East and West, the work powerfully conjures the atmosphere of a poem by Baudelaire. The composer's fondness for drawing inspiration from ancient and mysterious texts - Dante, Sappho, the book of Revelations - whether set for voice or not, contributes to the effectiveness of the works, whether in the melismatic melody lines given to the soloists in the beautifully textured Visionen, the vocal part of the Sappho songs or the solo parts of A une Madone and the succinct and dramatic three-movement violin sonata.