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Albert Muhlbock
American Record Guide, January 2011

The performance by Apostolos Palios shows great dynamic range, clarity, and musical fervor especially appropriate for the passionate music of his fellow-countryman. He also manages to make the involved harmonic idiom of Margaritis’s later works interesting and exciting.

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WRUV Reviews, September 2010

Piano pieces either written by Greek composer Margaritis or with Greek folk elements by Austrian Petyrek. With influences by Schumann and impressionism, very lyrical. Play all!

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2010

Had Loris Margaritis developed the style of his Greek Rhapsody he would have opened the school of Minimalism more than half a century before it emerged. Born in Greece in 1895, he was a child pianist and composer who studied in Berlin and Munich. His return to Greece brought a living as a teacher, piano soloist and composer. Later marrying a fellow pianist, Ida Rosenkranz, her Jewish background brought problems in the run-up to the Second World War. He was to die at the age of fifty-eight, having spent the war sheltered by friends in Athens. The present disc often hovers on the edge of the type of light music that pianists used in fashionable hotels and restaurants in the early 20th century. Chopin’s influence appears in the pretty and unpretentious Sonatina; Liszt plays a role in the first of the two Verses, and numerous English light music composers turn up in Youth. If this sounds like a composer without a distinguishable style, well that is how it sounds to me. So accept it as it is and enjoy uncomplicated music that was at odds with the upheavals wrought by the Second Viennese School at that time. The disc is completed with Six Greek Rhapsodies by Felix Petyrek, a long-standing friend of Margaritis. Born in Brno in 1892, and with an educational background that included studies with Godawsky and Schreker, the Rhapsodies came after a period spent in Greece, but don’t really live up to the description of a progressive 20th century work. The young Greek pianist, Apostolos Palios, is championing the works of Margaritis, and technically this is very impressive playing, Margaritis’s dizzying passages in the right hand sparklingly brilliant. Very realistic piano sound.

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