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The Hidden Man

Donald Macleod looks at Skalkottas's experiences during the Second World War in Greece, when he was imprisoned in Haidari concentration camp by the SS.

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.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    32 Piano pieces A/K.70 - Berceuse

    Performer: Nikolaos Samaltanos (piano)

    • BIS.
    • CD-1464.
    • 22.
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    Concerto A/K.22 for violin and orchestra - movement 2

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

    • BIS.
    • CD-904.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    Concertino A/K.68 for trumpet and piano

    Performers: Eric AUBIER - Trumpet, Nikolaos SAMALTANOS - Piano

    • BIS.
    • CD-1244.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    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.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    Three Greek Folk-Song Arrangements

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

    • BIS-CD-1204.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

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

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

    • BIS.
    • CD-954.

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