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Tribute to Iannis Xenakis - DissonArt Ensemble at the Alternative Stage

26 May 2022Source: The Alternative Stage

The active DissonArt Ensemble from Thessaloniki, one of the most significant contemporary music ensembles in Greece, comes back to the Alternative Stage to honour the centenary of Iannis Xenakis’ birth with a programme of works for chamber music by the composer covering the three last decades of his long creative period.

The ensemble is conducted by contemporary music specialist, German composer and conductor Johannes Kalitzke.

The concert programme begins with two works from Xenakis austere, ascetic and inward-looking late period: the elaborate and transparent Plekto and the dense, contrapuntal Kaï, written for two German ensembles in the 90s. The famous 1978 string trio Ikhoornamed after the “transparent and ethereal liquid flowing in gods’ veins instead of blood” and the timbrally adventurous work Anaktoria , written in 1969 in the United States of America, named after one of Sappho’s famous lovers, and described by the composer as “music for love, love in all of its forms: carnal, spiritual, intellectual etc. “ The concert comes complete with the 1977 work Akanthos, one of Xenakis most melodious scores, whose writing tenderly and organically interweaves the female voice  with an instrumental ensemble.

DissonArt Ensemble play Xenakis

Plektó (1993)
Kaï (1995) 
Ikhoor (1978) 
Akanthos (1977)

Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke

Ilektra Platiopoulou (mezzo-soprano)


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