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Letters from Berlin

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 23 April 2012

Nikos Skalkottas' life story doesn't follow the usual trajectory of struggle, recognition and success - in fact, when the Greek composer died, at the age of 46, virtually none of his 150 or so works had been published or even performed in public. But in his early years he shone as a violin prodigy, winning a scholarship to study in Berlin. Donald Macleod looks at Skalkottas' promising start, the opportunities he had and friendships he made in the cultural hub of Europe in the 1920s, and his decision to become a composer.

Music Played

6 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Nikos Skalkottas 36 Greek dances Macedonikos A/K.11

    Conductor: Nikos CHRISTODOULOU Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    BIS, cd-1333/1334

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    Nikos Skalkottas Sonatina no. 2 A/K.47 - 3rd movement

    Performer: Georgios Demertzis (Violin), Maria Asteriadou (Piano)

    BIS, CD-1024

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    Nikos Skalkottas Sonata for solo violin A/K.69

    Performer: Georgios Demertzis (piano)

    BIS, CD-1024

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    Nikos Skalkottas Sonatina for piano solo A/K.75b

    Performer: Nikolaos Samaltanos (Piano)

    BIS, CD-1464

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    Nikos Skalkottas Orchestration of Mitropoulos - Cretan Feast A/K.113

    Conductor: Byron FIDETZES Performer: Iceland Symphony Orchestra

    BIS, BIS-CD-1384

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    Nikos Skalkottas String Quartet no. 1 A/K.32

    Performer: New Hellenic Quartet

    BIS, CD-1124

  • With thanks to

    Dr Eva Mantzourani author of “The Life and Twelve-Note Music of Nikos Skalkottas”

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