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The Hidden Man

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 April 2012

In Athens Skalkottas had to go back to being a working musician again, joining the orchestra of the Athens Conservatory. The former violin gold-medallist of the Conservatory took his place on the front desk of the first violins, but over the next few years, he found himself humiliatingly demoted, until he was relegated to the back desk, where he stayed for the rest of his life. He felt frustrated, depressed and isolated, and gradually withdrew into an inner exile, playing in the orchestra by day, and composing at night. During the Nazi occupation of Greece Skalkottas didn't engage with the war going on around him, but found himself suspected of being a member of the resistance and imprisoned in Haidari concentration camp by the SS. Donald Macleod explores this, the most difficult period of Skalkottas' life.

Music Played

6 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Nikos Skalkottas 32 Piano pieces A/K.70 - Berceuse

    Performer: Nikolaos Samaltanos (piano)

    BIS, CD-1464, 22

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    Nikos Skalkottas Concerto A/K.22 for violin and orchestra - movement 2

    Conductor: Nikos CHRISTODOULOU Performer: Georgios Demertzis -(violin) Performer: Malmo Symphony Orchestra

    BIS, CD-904

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    Nikos Skalkottas Concertino A/K.68 for trumpet and piano

    Performers: Eric AUBIER - Trumpet, Nikolaos SAMALTANOS - Piano

    BIS, CD-1244

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    Nikos Skalkottas Tango and Fox-trot for Oboe, Trumpet, Bassoon and Piano

    Performer: Alexei OGRINTCHOUK - Oboe, Eric AUBIER - Trumpet, Nikolaos SAMALTANOS - Piano, Marc TRENEL - Bassoon

    BIS, CD-1244

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    Nikos Skalkottas Three Greek Folk-Song Arrangements

    Performer: Georgios Demertzis (violin) Performer: Maria Asteridou (piano)

    BIS-CD-1204

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    Nikos Skalkottas The Spell of May - incidental music A/K.1

    Conductor: Nikos CHRISTODOULOU Performer: Thora EINARSDOTTIR - Soprano Performer: Iceland S O

    BIS, CD-954

  • With thanks to

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

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