In two appearances, on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 October (time: 8. 30 in the Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Maria Farantouri and Dimitris Kataleifos, accompanied by a four-member band, offer to the public of the Athens Concert Hall, a flowering of the original Greek poetic discourse, as it was set to music by our greatest composers.
The lyrics of our great poets magically come to life on the lips of two great performers which have a long and special relationship with poetry, in the context of the musical performance “Return to poetry” which is dedicated to the memory of Mikis Theodorakis. Vassilis Gisdakis also participates in the event.
Maria Farantouri has been eminently associated with the interpretation of the emblematic Greek poets, set to music by Mikis Theodorakis and other contemporary Greek composers. With her concerts in the biggest halls of the world (Carnegie Hall, Salle Pleyel, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Berliner Philarmonie etc.), she brings the foreign listeners in contact with the Greek language and music, proving that Greece continues to produce intellectual and a work of art, a work that in its Greekness is absolutely universal as a carrier of timeless values of humanity. At the same time, her repertoire does not lack the “international” poetic discourse either in its original form (eg Pablo Neruda) or in Greek performance (eg Brendan Behan / Vassilis Rotas, Léopold Sédar Senghor / Alexis. Trajan).
In his artistic career, Dimitris Kataleifos had the blessed fortune, as he says, to recite poems, films and events by Greek and foreign poets. . He gradually realized that poetic speech is the highest form of art along with music and that reciting a poem requires from the actor an interpretation corresponding to that of a theatrical role. “The poet's lyrics must dwell in my soul. “When I deliver them, I have to give the feeling that they are now my own words, my personal business”, he claims.
Dimitris Kataleifos feels great honor and joy that has so far recited Kalvo, Cavafy, Seferis, Elytis, Ritsos, Anagnostakis, Livaditis, Karouzos, Eggonopoulos and Dimoulas. When you return and “leave yourself to poetry”, as Cavafy says, you find that “our words are” of many people “, as Seferis mentions, and you realize that poetry is the highest consolation for man. This is what Dimitris Kataleifos believes and he is proud of the poetic treasure that our country has from antiquity until today.
Maria Frantouris, Dimitris Kataleifos and Vassilis Gisdaki is framed by the musicians:
Takis Farazis | orchestrations & piano
David Lynch | saxophone & flute
Iraklis Zakkas | bouzouki & mandolin
Michalis Porfiris | cello