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by Korina Vougiouka

Vocal music by Schubert, Bellini and Rossini on guitar
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rossiniana No 1, Op. 119: Part 1
3:25 album only
2. Rossiniana No 1, Op. 119: Part 2
2:26 album only
3. Rossiniana No 1, Op. 119: Part 3
3:14 album only
4. Rossiniana No 1, Op. 119: Part 4
1:36 album only
5. Rossiniana No 1, Op. 119: Part 5
3:46 album only
6. Rossiniana No 1, Op. 119: Part 6
4:28 album only
7. Norma Guitar Suite: I. Con Te Li Prendi
4:09 album only
8. Norma Guitar Suite: II. Casta Diva
3:27 $0.99
9. Norma Guitar Suite: III. Simfonia
4:44 $0.99
10. Winterreise Guitar Suite: I. Gute Nacht
3:17 $0.99
11. Winterreise Guitar Suite: II. Die Wetterfahne
2:08 $0.99
12. Winterreise Guitar Suite: III. Rueckblick
2:56 $0.99
13. Winterreise Guitar Suite: IV. Einsamkeit
3:20 $0.99
14. Winterreise Guitar Suite: V. Der Wegweiser
4:46 $0.99
15. Winterreise Guitar Suite: VI. Mut
1:45 $0.99
16. Winterreise Guitar Suite: VII. Der Leiermann
3:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
64millimetres present guitarist Korina Vougiouka in a new CD: Laceworks. Vocal music by Schubert, Rossini and Bellini is re-shaped for solo guitar and interpreted by Korina Vougiouka in versions which provide the originals with a new dimension.
The lieder and opera excerpts contained herein, stripped of lyrics, elements of dramaturgy and scoring techniques particular to their period, are not simple transcriptions by any means. They are, rather, transmutations which, taking advantage of the inherent nature of the guitar, illuminate harmonic, melodic and stylistic details of the original, weaving a delicate, aery composition — a “lacework”.
The first work in the CD is the well-known Rossiniana no.1, opus 119 by Mauro Giuliani, a renowned guitarist and composer, “The Paganini of the Guitar” as he was called in musical circles. Rossiniana no.1 is the first of 6 lengthy compositions of the “medley” type, collectively known as “Le Rossiniane” (op. 119-124) which Giuliani composed during his residence in Rome (1820-1823), based on musical themes from popular operas by Rossini.
The three-part suite based on Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma”, created by the composer Tasos Rosopoulos for Korina Vougiouka, is the second work in the CD and constitutes the most recent indication of Norma’s continuing appeal. The suite uses some well-known musical themes of the opera, including the famous invocation of the “Chaste Goddess” of the Moon (Casta Diva).
The CD is concluded by Tasos Rosopoulos’ transcriptions of seven melodies from Franz Schubert’s “Winter Journey” (Winterreise) lieder circle (nos. 1, 2, 8, 12, 20, 22 and 24). Here, Korina Vougiouka’s interpretation manages to vindicate to a great degree the historical prejudice against the guitar as an instrument ill-fitting the deeper musical inspiration, while reminding the rising suitability of Schubert’s programmatic music to the new age of noisy loneliness…
The “Norma” and “Winterreise” suites are world-premiere recordings, made by Tasos Bakasietas in the “Dimitris Mitropoulos” vestibule of the Megaron Athens Concert Hall. The CD was mastered by Christos Hadzistamou and is accompanied by texts by Kyriakos Loukakos, rendered in English by Nico Graptós. Design and photography by Christos Lialios.

Vougiouka Korina was born in 1976 in Kavala, Greece. In 1994 she graduated from the ‘New Conservatory’ of Thessaloniki taking her guitar diploma with mark excellent and first prize. In 2000 she graduated from the Cologne Music Academy (Hochschuele fuer Musik Koeln-class H.Käppel), taking the diploma ‘Kuenstlerische Instrumental Ausbildung’ with mark excellent, having scholarship from the Greek Scholarships Foundation. In 2002 she graduated from the Music Academy of Basel (class Oscar Ghiglia), taking her postgraduate diploma ‘Konzert Reifediplom’, having scholarship from the Onassis Scholarships Organization. She is now a PhD student at the University of Leiden (Holland). Her research is about the early 19th century vocal related guitar repertoire.
She won four first prizes in national Greek guitar competitions. Additionally, she was honoured with the following international prizes:
- First prize in the International Guitar Competition in Volos Guitar Festival. (1992)
- The Prize of the ‘Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe’ in Germany. (1998)
- Second prize in the 2nd Guitar Competition in Re (France). (1999)
- First prize in the competition for flute, guitar and singing in Koblenz (Germany).(2000)
- Second prize in the 28th International Guitar Competition in Gargnano (Italy). (2002)
- Third prize in the 1st Dundee Guitar Competition (Scotland). (2004)

She has performed solo as well as chamber music recitals in Greece, France, Austria, Great Britain, Turkey, Italy, Germany and California. She has also performed as a soloist with orchestras from Greece (including the National Orchestras of Athens and Thessalonica as well as the Kamerata Orchestra of Megaron), Spain (National Orchestra of Malaga, conductor Phil. Entremont), Germany and Hungary.

She is a guitar professor at the Ionian Music University as well as artistic director of the Municipal Music Conservatory of Kavala and the ‘Papaioannou’ music festival.



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