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Jed Distler
Gramophone, July 2018

In preparation for these recordings, the young Greek pianist Konstantinos Destounis worked closely with the composer, who was present during the sessions.

Destounis’s ardent, vivid and colourful pianism only enhances my positive response to Antoniou’s music, together with the composer’s justifiably enthusiastic endorsement. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Burkhard Schäfer
Piano News, July 2018

For this work [Entrata] alone, which recalls Iannis Xenakis in its style, gesture and drama, it is worth buying this fantastic and strongly interpreted CD. © 2018 Piano News



Records International, April 2018

Antoniou seems to be an intriguing composer of real quality… His output has traversed various diverse styles, all grounded in a search for a personal modern idiom, while being constantly inflected by Greek traditional music and theatre; in this respect he resembles Skalkottas. © 2018 Records International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2018

This one disc contains the complete piano music of the Greek composer, Theodore Antoniou, who has written over four hundred and fifty works in every musical genre. Stylistically he was affiliated to the European group that contained Stockhausen, Ligeti, Boulez and Penderecki, who were always questioning the past ‘rules and regulations’ of composition. His piano works cover a large period of his life, starting in 1958 and continuing through to 2001 with Synaphes, the work that was to be the catalyst for the present recording. It was in preparing the score for concert performance that the young British-trained pianist, Konstantinos Destounis, came into contact with the composer in 2015, and from therein became intrigued with Antoniou’s music, the composer subsequently present for the studio sessions for this release. I am not going to pretend this is music that will appeal to those who have yet to enjoy the era of Shostakovich, but it has certainly gripped my attention. Opening with the 1983 Entrata, the tone colours from a modified piano are both innovative and stretching musical boundaries. Go back in time to 1958 for the ten cameos that form Aquarelle, and we find that Antoniou had not entirely deserted melody. Yet his Sonata from the following year has the content and brevity of Alban Berg, its four movements barely lasting four minutes. Brevity then becomes even more acute in most of the remainder of the disc, Syllables a jerky series of notes and chords that contrasts with the hyperactive Prelude and Toccata from 1982. The disc presents many challenges for the performer, not least in Synaphes where Antoniou had added interesting sounds to a score rooted in the long ago. The recording quality is excellent. © 2018 David’s Review Corner





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