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7 works by Greek composer Jani Christou performed by the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunkorchester Hanover, NDR, Ensemble "musik unserer zeit", and Christou himself.

Christou, Jani
Enantiodromie / Praxis / Epicycle / Anaparastasis III / Mysterion / Anaparastasis I / Praxis For 12

Christou, Jani: Enantiodromie / Praxis / Epicycle / Anaparastasis III / Mysterion / Anaparastasis I (Edition Rz)
Label: Edition Rz    
Released in: Germany    

"Jani Christou was a Greek composer. He was born in Heliopolis, Egypt, of Greek parents. He was educated at the English School in Alexandria and he took his first piano lessons from various teachers and from the important Greek pianist Gina Bachauer. In 1948 he gained an MA in philosophy after having studied with Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell in Cambridge.

During that time he also studied music with Hans Redlich and in 1949 travelled to Rome to study orchestration with Angelo Francesco Lavagnino. He briefly attended lectures by Carl Jung in Zurich. In 1951 he returned to Alexandria where he married Theresia Horemi in 1961. He died on his 44th birthday in a car accident in Athens, Greece.

Christou's work is often thought to fall into three broad periods. The works of the first period (1948-58) have been described by Christou himself as freely atonal. In his second phase (1960-64) Christou developed what he called "meta-serialism" whose main emphasis is on polyphony, rhythmic dynamism and instrumental colours. During his third period (1964-70) Christou developed his own notation and he increasingly stressed the improvisatory element."-Wikipedia

16 page booklet with text in German and English.

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16 page booklet with text in German and English.

UPC: B000RJ3A74

Label: Edition Rz
Catalog ID: ed. Rz 1013
Squidco Product Code: 14141

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2001
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Enantiodromia fźr Orchestrer, 1965-68 (J. Christou Archiv, Athen, 1969); Praxis fźr Streichorchester und Klavier, 1966-69 (NDR 1973); Epicycle (Tonbandfassung, 1968) (J. Christou Archiv, Athen, 1968); Anaparastasis III "The Pianist" fźr Instrumentalensemble, ZuspielbŠnder und einen Schauspieler, 1969 (J. Christou Archiv, Athen, 1969); Mysterion Prolog und Sprechertext (ZuspielbŠnder), 1965-66) (J. Christou Archiv, Athen, 1969); Anaparastasis I "The Baritone" fźr Bariton und Kammerensemble mit kleinen Chor, 1968) (BR 1977); Praxis for 12 fźr 11 Streicher und einen Pianisten, 1966 (J. Christou Archiv, Athen, 1967). Tracks 1 to 5 originally released on LP as Ed. RZ 1006. Tracks 6 and 7 are bonus tracks for this edition.


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Track Listing:

1. Enantiodromia Für Orchestrer, 1965-68 12:04
Conductor - Gerhard Samuel
Orchestra - Oakland Symphony Orchestra

2. Praxis Für Streichorchester Und Klavier, 1966-69 9:32
Conductor - Michel Tabachnik
Orchestra - Rundfunkorchester Hannover des NDR*
Piano - Georges Pludermacher

3. Epicycle (Tonbandfassung, 1968) 9:33
Performer - Jani Christou

4. Anaparastasis III "The Pianist" Für Instrumentalensemble, Zuspielbänder Und Einen Schauspieler, 1969 11:13
Conductor - Theodore Antoniou
Ensemble - Musik Unserer Zeit
Voice Actor - Grigoris Semitekolo*

5. Mysterion Prolog Und Sprechertext (Zuspielbänder), 1965-66) 5:00

6. Anaparastasis I "The Baritone" Für Bariton Und Kammerensemble Mit Kleinen Chor, 1968) 10:55
Baritone Vocals - Spyros Sakkas
Choir - Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Conductor - Jaroslav Opela
Ensemble - Musik Unserer Zeit , Sinnhofer-Quartett

7. Praxis For 12 Für 11 Streicher Und Einen Pianisten, 1966 9:00
Orchestra - Orchestra da Camera dell' Accademia*
Piano, Conductor - Piero Guarino