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Letters from Berlin

Donald Macleod focuses on Skalkottas's promising start as a composer, the opportunities he had and friendships he made in 1920s Berlin.

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.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 23 Apr 2012 18:30

Music Played

  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    36 Greek dances Macedonikos A/K.11

    Conductor: Nikos CHRISTODOULOU Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • cd-1333/1334.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

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

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

    • BIS.
    • CD-1024.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    Sonata for solo violin A/K.69

    Performer: Georgios Demertzis (piano)

    • BIS.
    • CD-1024.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    Sonatina for piano solo A/K.75b

    Performer: Nikolaos Samaltanos (Piano)

    • BIS.
    • CD-1464.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    Orchestration of Mitropoulos - Cretan Feast A/K.113

    Conductor: Byron FIDETZES Performer: Iceland Symphony Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • BIS-CD-1384.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    String Quartet no. 1 A/K.32

    Performer: New Hellenic Quartet

    • BIS.
    • CD-1124.

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