Electra - Antigone - Medea
By Chernoushenko; St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Choir; St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Orchestra. By Mikis Theodorakis (1925-). Listening CD (8 discs). Published by Wergo (NX.INT-33112).
Item Number: NX.INT-33112
With his operas "Electra", "Antigone" and "Medea" about three ancient Greek female figures - which he himself defined as ''lyrical tragedies'' - Theodorakis fulfilled an artistic promise made on August 6th, 1988 following the premiere of his "Zorba" ballet at the Verona Arena, namely to compose three pieces dedicated to the great Italian opera composers Verdi, Puccini and Bellini.
''For the last five years, I have lived with the texts of Euripides and Sophocles and worked on them. Five years which have become the best of my life, because the whole day long - mostly opposite the Acropolis, giving me the feeling that my house was on the foundations of the house of Sophocles, for we know he lived here where I live, in Athens - I could delve deep into the universal harmony I seek,'' he wrote after finishing his ambitious project.
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