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David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2013

In the middle part of the 20th century, Yannis Papaioannou became one of the most prolific and important composers born and living in Greece. In the absence of details of his younger years in the enclosed booklet, I read elsewhere that he studied the piano with Marika Laspopoulou and composition with Kontis at the Hellenic Conservatory from the age of eleven. Yet he always considered himself essentially self-taught at this stage as a composer, though when he was thirty-eight he received a one-year scholarship to visit Europe where, for a brief period, he received guidance from Honegger. In later life he was to become one of the most important teachers in Greece, and was responsible for a whole new generation of composers. The disc’s contents are…performed to place the composer in the best possible light, and come mainly from the outstanding pianist, Kostas Chardas; the soprano, Myrto Papatanasiu, with the dissonArt ensemble playing the quirky atonality of Associations, and Kostis Theos facing the challenge of the extended Rhythms and Colours for solo cello. © David’s Review Corner

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