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K. Grigoreas: Mattina Luminosa for Harpsichord - The Innocent Suite for Harpsichord

by Katerina Ktona

Greek harpsichord soloist Katerina Ktona plays works by Greek composer and guitarist Kostas Grigoreas
Genre: Classical: Keyboard Music
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1. Mattina Luminosa for Harpsichord: I. Prelude
4:13 album only
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2. Mattina Luminosa for Harpsichord: II. Scherzo
2:48 album only
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3. The Innocent Suite for Harpsichord: I. Verse
2:35 album only
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4. The Innocent Suite for Harpsichord: II. Girls' Game
1:54 album only
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5. The Innocent Suite for Harpsichord: III. Ará-Pa-Pám. Lullaby
3:23 album only
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6. The Innocent Suite for Harpsichord: IV. Aura
2:21 album only
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7. The Innocent Suite for Harpsichord: V. Meet Me at the Stars
2:19 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Katerina Ktona was born in Athens. She received a piano diploma (1st Prize) from the Athens Conservatory. With a scholarship from the German government, DAAD, she specialized in harpsichord and clavichord with Hedwig Bilgram at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where she graduated in 1976 with the highest distinction. She has also attended seminars with Kenneth Gilberd in Belgium and Ton Koopman in Scotland.
She began her professional career in Greece in 1977. She has worked with international artists such as Marcel St-Cyr, Roberto Fabbriciani, Carlo Denti, and Nicolas Kynaston, with whom she has presented works for organ and harpsichord.
She is a founding member of the Greek Baroque ensemble SINFONIA, which has collaborated with soloists such as Nancy Argenta, Greta de Reyghere and Michael Chance and with conductors such as Eric van Nevel and Paul Dombrecht. SINFONIA has also appeared together with the British ensemble His Majesty’s Sugbutts and Cornets. Katerina is a cofounder of the vocal ensemble Canto Soave.
Katerina Ktona has performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Greek Radio and Television, the Athens State Orchestra, and the Greek chamber orchestra Camerata. For the latter she participated in the first Greek performance of the Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings by Nicolas Gorecki. She also gave the first Greek performance of works for solo harpsichord based on Byzantine themes by the Greek composer Dion Aryvas.
Katerina Ktona is a harpsichord professor at the Nakas Conservatory.
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COMPOSER'S SHORT BIO
Kostas Grigoréas was born in Athens. He has studied guitar and theory.
On graduating with a Distinction from the National Conservatory (class of Dimitris Fampas ), he continued his studies in England on a British Council scholarship.
He studied Guitar and Theory at the RNCM under Gordon Crosskey , George Hadjinikos and John Williams and was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma of the University of Manchester.
His activities include solo recitals, song accompaniment, composition and teaching.
He has collaborated with all the leading Greek composers and singers in concerts as well as recordings.
He has repeatedly given recitals and recorded for radio and television in most European countries, America, Africa and the Far East.
His discography includes works for solo guitar, voice and guitar and considerable participation in works of contemporary composers.
As a teacher he has created a school of distinguished guitarists.
He is the webmaster and editor of " TaR - online musical magazine, mostly on the guitar" ( http://www.tar.gr/ )

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COMMENTS and PRESS REVIEWS:
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“Inspired, imaginative works, images with colour, with light. Refined, ingenious, poetic sounds…”
Evangelos Assimakopoulos - TaR magazine

"A composer possessing not only a sense of the functionality of contrasts and of the timing in their alternation but also a vision so rich that it requires expressive means of a wider range than that of the guitar..."
George Leotsakos - Express

“Both as a guitarist and a composer, Kostas Grigoreas is one of the most serious figures in the field of classical guitar”.
Hubert Kappel - guitar soloist, professor at the Musikhochschule, Köln

“His experience as a top guitarist leads things further to the adventure of total communication. To "his" music, the composer can express the soul of the guitarist himself. He finds ways to penetrate the emotion and trigger the body of the listener”.
Effie Agrafioti - TaR magazine

“Grigoreas’ music has a distinctive voice of its own...”
Carlos Bonell - guitar soloist, arranger

“In my view, a composer should paint the ‘portrait of an era’ through the act of composition. There lies his skill. To compose seasons and memories that have been registered in the subconscious, colours and particular styles recorded through the passing of time. To be capable of enclosing in his music not only his own private experience of the present time but also the collective experience of the past. It is these very elements that I see in the compositions of Kostas Grigoreas, and for this reason his music transports me to another world through guitar idioms formed out of knowledge and sensibility. Because the guitar needs not so much to run its lonely course as to move (and to interact) through time and, especially, within the requirements of contemporary realism…”
Notis Mavroudis – Athens 984

“But the weightiest evidence (as well as a sound argument) for the ‘Greekness’ of Grigoreas’ works is the fact that he is a Greek musician who wishes to avoid stereotypical formulas and express himself honestly, like a true creative artist…”
George Ε. Papadakis - ‘Eleftherotypia’ newspaper

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