- Chronology (XI)
and Homages 1997-1998
Guy Wagner and Asteris Koutoulas
and pictures: Guy Wagner
Mikis Theodorakis finishes his Concerto for cello and orchestra and
transforms it into a Rhapsody for cello and orchestra.
to the permanent tensions in the Aegean Sea, Mikis Theodorakis
and Zülfü Livaneli decide to undertake a European tour
of Concerts for Peace, whose highlight is to be a concert at
the “green border” of Nicosia (Cyprus) in June 1997.
For the 850 years of the city of Moscow, one of contributions
of Greece should be in September 1998, the ballet “Zorba the Greek”,
under the direction of Mikis Theodorakis, ANA reports.
Theodorakis conducts Theodorakis in Sauda
Theodorakis conducts the "Canto General" in Sauda (Norway).
The soloists are Maria Farantouri and Petros Pandis.
Andreas Lentakis, co-founder of the "Political Spring" (Pol.An),
to whom Mikis Theodorakis dedicated his "Songs for Andreas" during
the dictatorship, dies and is buried with these songs.
"Alexis Zorba", directed by Mikis Theodorakis, is performed at the
National Theater of Skopje, capital of the Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The performance is part of a two-month-old
initiative by Greek members of parliament, academics, politicians
and ordinary citizens, aiming at promoting friendship between
the two countries. "The burden for the defense of co-operation
and freedom in the region of the Balkans, which is going through critical
hours, falls on the shoulders of ordinary people," Mikis Theodorakis
said in a message.
The concert is attended by FYROM President Kiro Gligorov, top
members of the government, representatives of the diplomatic corps
and 200 guests from Greece.
"Cultural activities can bring only positive results," government
spokesman Dimitris Reppas says commenting on the concert, but
he adds that the government “neither supports nor undermines cultural
April In St. -Petersburg, the recording for CD of Theodorakis’s
“Requiem” with the Chapel of State, under the composer's direction,
An official dinner held in the Petersberg State House near
Bonn, in honor of Mikis Theodorakis and Zülfü Livaneli by
German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel is seen by political observers
as "a significant political gesture". Mr. Kinkel underlines his wish
"to become involved and to help so that what was started by Theodorakis
and Livaneli can become a broad movement which will bring Greeks and
During a joint press conference in Bonn, Mr. Theodorakis and
Mr. Livaneli noted the new, positive climate which is developing between
Greece and Turkey: "This is independent of what is happening at the
summit of politics and of what arms dealers, who are draining the
blood of the two peoples, are doing," Mr. Theodorakis said, and accused
the major European countries and the United States of hypocrisy.
The first triumphal concert of Theodorakis and Livaneli under the
slogan: "Together - oli masi - birlikte" at the House of Cultures
of the World in Berlin is at the same time the last. Mikis Theodorakis,
after suffering respiratory problems during the three-hour
concert cancels the concert tour. According to his physician,
Dr. Christos Kalaitzis, the composer's condition is stable, although
he is "in immediate need of tests and therapy... His life is not
in danger, but he must stop immediately," says Dr. Kalaitzis.
The tour continues with Maria Farantouri. Tropical Music
publishes a live recording of the great moments of the Berlin
the following months news of Theodorakis’s state of health stay
a topic of concern. Especially serious, it the fact that the
composer writes no more music.
“O Polytikos Theodorakis (1940-1996)” by Pavlos Petrides
is published in Athens.
summer and in fall, homage to Theodorakis accumulate: Delphi,
Patras, Thessaloniki (Capital European of the Culture 1997), which
is however not capable to produce, as announced, the opera “Antigone”:
Allocated funds disappeared in dark channels.
The regional German television of the WDR broadcasts a new documentary
TV feature on Theodorakis: “Cretan, Greek, European” of Peter
Wortmann, with important productions around the composer's 70th birthday
At a commemorative ceremony in honor of Andreas Papandreou,
who died a year ago, speeches by the former French minister of the
culture, Jack Lang, and the Greek prime minister, Costas Simitis,
are followed by a concert with works by Mikis Theodorakis,
conducted by Stavros Xarhakos, with the soloists Yorgos Dalaras, Maria
Farantouri and Manolis Mitsias.
Peregrina publishes under the title: "Mikis", a
new CD, probably the more sensational and most introvert issue of
the composer as singer. Jens Naumilkat has made the arrangements.
Mikis sings twelve songs, only accompanied by a cello and a
piano. Among these songs: “Snows falls in the night”, after the famous
poem by Nazim Hikmet.
Publication of: Mikis Theodorakis: "Melopimeni Poisi. A Tomos /
Tragoudia" (Ypsilon, Athen): all song-texts, excellently documented,
with a lot of partially unknown photos.
December: Maria Farantouri undertakes with six musicians around
Henning Schmiedt a European concert tour under the title:
“Poetica”. In its centre: the recent song cycles of Theodorakis:
“Lyricotera” and “Lyricotata”.
Theodorakis conducts Theodorakis at Megaron,
(Photo Guy Wagner)
During a moving ceremony, Theodorakis offers his personal archives
to the Lilian Voudouri Library at Megaron.
Constantine Karamanlis, the former prime minister and president
who guided Greece into the European Community membership, dies of
a heart attack after a lung infection. He was 91.
of April The recording on CD of the opera “Elektra”,
under the direction of Mikis Theodorakis, is finished in St. Petersburg.
A special concert by Maria Farantouri: “Asmata” is given in
Mondorf (Luxembourg). A new tour is foreseen for November December
1998. Maria’s new and exceptional CD with the same title is published
Theodorakis conducts Theodorakis
at the RFH
(Photo Kostas Melliotis)
Theodorakis directs his Concerto for piano with a big success
at the Royal Festival Hall (Queen Elisabeth Hall) London, with
Tatiana Papageorgiou as soloist and the London Philharmonic
Orchestra. During the first part of the concert, Tatiana Papageorgiou
plays the “Eleven Preludes”, the “Little Suite”, and, in creation:
“Twelve Melos”, on the basis of “Lyricotera” and “Lyricotata”, arranged
by her and Themis Symvoulopoulos.
Intuition Record publishes the 4th Symphony by Theodorakis.
Asteris Koutoulas presents in Athens: “O Mousikos Theodorakis.
Kimena - Ergographia – Kritikes” (A.A. Livani, Athens): the complete
catalogue of the oeuvre of Theodorakis, a sum of materials and information,
an indispensable publication.
Theodorakis conducts Theodorakis at Irodion
(Digital Photo Guy Wagner)
Theodorakis directs at Irodion his “Zorba”, danced by the Ballet
Company of the Opera of State of Athens in the choreography of Lorca
& 25.07. A homage is dedicated to Theodorakis at the Little
Theatre of Epidaure. The first evening, Maria Farantouri sings,
accompanied by the “Berliner Instrumentalisten”, under the title “Lyrika
Asmata”, excerpts from “Poetica”, “Serenades” and “Asmata”. The
second evening is dedicated to symphonic music of Mikis. The
brilliant “Camerata”, excellently conducted by Loukas Karytinos, play
the “Symphonietta”, “Raven”, with the soloist Daphne Evangelatos (mezzo-soprano),
and “In a State of Siege”, with Maria Farantouri and Kostas Thomaidis,
in presence of the Greek prime minister Costas Simitis. The composer
is heartily welcomed.
In the Flämmereihalle at "VOEST-Alpine", Linz, Austria,
Mikis Theodorakis conducts the creation of the symphonic version
of the “Canto General”, with Markella Hatziana (mezzo-soprano),
the Choir Ad libitum and the well known Orchestra Bruckner Linz.
At the Philharmonic Hall of Munich, Mikis Theodorakis conducts
himself the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine in the world premiere
of his Rhapsody for cello and orchestra with the soloist Tatiana
Vassilieva, and the creation of his Concerto for guitar and orchestra
with Eliot Fisk as soloist. In the second part of the program,
Nikolai Dyadivra directs Theodorakis’s Symphony No.1.
Guy Wagner & Asteris Koutoulas, 1996-2002. All pictures © FILIKI
& Mikis Theodorakis