- Debut album of Duo team Jonian Ilias Kadesha & Vashti Hunter, forming a duo since they studied together ten years ago.
- Xenakis, Skalkottas re two Greek composers representing a bridge on western style wit folk music
- Almost unknown but more than only a discovery the Sonatina by the Swiss composer Arthur Honegger.
A Journey for Two
“When choosing the title of this CD, we were immediately drawn to the title of the first piece in our recording, Dhipli Zyia by Xenakis, which simply translates as ‘a band of two folk musicians’.
After delving more deeply, we discovered that Zyia derives from the ancient Greek word ‘balance’, which is such a vitally important element of chamber music, and indeed – in any relationship.
Fittingly, Zyia is also another name for Hera, the Goddess of marriage from ancient Greek mythology. This CD symbolises an important part of a journey for us – not only as partners in chamber music – but also as a celebration of our friendship…
Our recording centres around pieces which celebrate the joy and vibrancy of folk music, opening with music by Xenakis from the Balkans in Greece, Jonian’s birthplace, then venturing north to Hungary for the Kodály, west to Switzerland/France for the Sonatina by Honegger and finally returning to Greece for a rarely performed duo by Skalkottas.
We are both in love with folk music, particularly from the Balkans, and hope to pass on some of the joy it brings us when playing it!......
1Dhipli Zyia, for Violin and Cello (2000)03:45
2Duo for Cello and Violin, Op. 7 (1914)I. Allegro serioso, non troppo08:56
3Duo for Cello and Violin, Op. 7 (1914)II. Adagio08:31
4Duo for Cello and Violin, Op. 7 (1914)III. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento08:23
5Sonatina for Violin and Cello, H. 80 (1932)I. Allegro05:01
6Sonatina for Violin and Cello, H. 80 (1932)II.Andante05:08
7Sonatina for Violin and Cello, H. 80 (1932)III. Allegro04:22
8Duo for Violin and Cello (1947)I. Allegro ordinario e un poco agitato07:18
9Duo for Violin and Cello (1947)II. Andante molto espressivo06:17
10Duo for Violin and Cello (1947)III. Scherzo03:06
11Duo for Violin and Cello (1947)IV. Finale. Allegro vivo05:33