WORKS FOR PIANO WITH DORA BAKOPOULOU Dora Bakopoulou plays the first four works for piano by Manos Hadjidakis, written between 1947 and 1958. At this time, the composer was searching for his true descent through Greek tradition, demotic and folk (the rebetiko song), and so proposes a new, intrinsic and highly personal way of accomplishing this. It was determinative for the subsequent development of Greek music.
Works included on the CD: "Six Folklore Paintings " (Op. 5, 1949-50), "Solitude" (Op. 10, 1957), "Ionian Suite " (Op. 7, 1952-53) & "For a Small White Seashell" (Op. 1, 1947-48). The score of the IONIAN SUITE was discovered a little before the composer´s death. It is thought likely that it was written in honour of the great Ionian poets’ Andreas Kalvos (1792-1869) and Dionysios Solomos (1798-1857). See Manos Hadjidakis: Discography.
Dora Bakopoulou, a gifted pianist of rare musical sensibility and adept technique, was a friend and collaborator of Manos Hadjidakis from her youth. The composer himself considered her as a unique interpreter of his works for piano. And in this instance, mature and imaginative as never before, she lends credit to this.
MANOS HADJIDAKIS: WORKS FOR PIANO WITH DORA BAKOPOULOU