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El Greco


The 8th Chamber Music Festival is inspired by the great El Greco. The Cretan Doménikos Theotokópoulos, widely known as El Greco ("The Greek") boasted a dramatic and expressionistic style, which was met with puzzlement by his contemporaries but found appreciation in the 20th century. El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual, that he belongs to no conventional school.

Three musical works from Jon Leifs, George Tsontakis and Philippos Tsalahouris carry into the 20th and 21st century El Greco's intense spiritual force. Similar to the painter's life, the festival embarks on a musical journey through Greece, Italy and Spain, exposing musically the same unique "colours" of each country, that shaped the painter's visionary art.

El Greco's elongated figures seem to dissolve and mold with their surroundings. Everything is liquified, emerging into a light that shines from unknown sources, almost from inside the figures themselves. The festival's visual language is the product of computer particle simulations, cloud-like formations, shapes both defined and undefined at the same time, lit from the outside but also from within themselves.

Chamber Music Festival

Concerts

Monday

ΜΙΝΟΑ PALACE
Minoa Palace Resort
PEO Kissamou Chanion
Platanias73014
21:00

Wednesday

ΜΙΝΟΑ PALACE
Minoa Palace Resort
PEO Kissamou Chanion
Platanias73014
21:00

28.8

El Greco - Greece

Friday

ΜΙΝΟΑ PALACE
Minoa Palace Resort
PEO Kissamou Chanion
Platanias73014
21:00

30.8

El Greco - Italy

Monday

ΜΙΝΟΑ PALACE
Minoa Palace Resort
PEO Kissamou Chanion
Platanias73014
21:00

2.9

El Greco - Spain

Wednesday

ΜΙΝΟΑ PALACE
Minoa Palace Resort
PEO Kissamou Chanion
Platanias73014
21:00

4.9

Finale - Apollon Musagete Quartet

Festival Overview

Complete Festival Program

1st Concert

Mon 26.8

Ernest Chausson - Chanson perpetuelle op.37

7'30"

Lenia Safiropoulou - Voice
George Demertzis - Violin
Noe Inui - Violin
Georgy Kovalev - Viola
Ella Van Poucke - Cello
Titos Gouvelis - Piano

Johannes Brahms - Clarinet trio op.114

25'

Spyros Mourikis - Clarinet
Benedict Kloeckner - Cello
Titos Gouvelis - Piano

Gabriel Fauré - Piano quintet no.2 op.115

32'

Noe Inui - Violin
George Demertzis - Violin
Georgy Kovalev - Viola
Ella Van Poucke - Cello
Titos Gouvelis - Piano

2nd Concert

Wed 28.8

George Tsontakis - Portraits by El Greco

24'

Spyros Mourikis - Clarinet
George Demertzis - Violin
David Bogorad - Viola
Benedict Kloeckner - Cello
Titos Gouvelis - Piano

Antonín Dvořák - Three Modern Greek Poems op.50

25'

Lenia Safiropoulou - Voice
Titos Gouvelis - Piano

Maurice Ravel - Five Greek folk songs

Lenia Safiropoulou - Voice
Titos Gouvelis - Piano

Mikis Theodorakis - Sonatina No. 1 "Cretoise" op.75

10'30"

George Demertzis - Violin
Titos Gouvelis - Piano

3rd Concert

Fri 30.8

Philippos Tsalahouris - String Quartet No.3 "A moment of time" op.53

20'

George Demertzis - Violin
Dimitris Karakantas - Violin
David Bogorad - Viola
Ella Van Poucke - Cello

Giacomo Puccini - Crisantemi

7'

George Demertzis - Violin
Dimitris Karakantas - Violin
David Bogorad - Viola
Benedict Kloeckner - Cello

Franz Liszt - Après une lecture du Dante

16'30"

Vassilis Varvaresos - Piano

Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence op.70

35'

Dimitris Karakantas - Violin
Noe Inui - Violin
David Bogorad - Viola
Georgy Kovalev - Viola
Benedict Kloeckner - Cello
Ella Van Poucke - Cello

4th Concert

Mon 2.9

Jón Leifs - Quartet No.3 'El Greco' op.64

27'

George Demertzis - Violin
Dimitris Karakantas - Violin
David Bogorad - Viola
Benedict Kloeckner - Cello

Isaac Albéniz - Asturias op.47

6'

Vassilis Varvaresos - Piano

Joaquín Turina - La Oracion del Torero op.34

8'

David Bogorad - Violin
Noe Inui - Violin
Georgy Kovalev - Viola
Benedict Kloeckner - Cello

Maurice Ravel - Miroirs No.4 - Alborada del Gracioso

6'40"

Vassilis Varvaresos - Piano

Pablo de Sarasate - G. Bizet - Pablo de Sarasate Carmen Fantasy op.25

12'

Noe Inui - Violin
Vassilis Varvaresos - Piano

5th Concert

Wed 4.9

Wacław z Szamotuł - In te Domine Speravi

6'30"

Apollon Musagete Quartet - StringQuartet

Robert Schumann - String Quartet No.1 op.41

25'

Apollon Musagete Quartet - StringQuartet

Franz Schubert - String Quartet No.13 "Rosamunde" D.804

37'

Apollon Musagete Quartet - StringQuartet
Chamber Music Festival - Minoa Palace Resort

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MINOA PALACE
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Chamber Music Festival's home

Minoa Palace Resort Hotel in Chania was built in 2002 by the Mathioulakis family in order to offer an authentic holiday and well-being experience to world travellers. To further enhance the overall guest experience, the hotel was expended with an aerial bridge connecting the Main Building Bungalow complex with the Imperial Beach Wing thus offering immediate access to the beach from both buildings.

Today, covering 35,000 sq. m. of Cretan land in the popular tourist resort of Platanias, this luxury 5-star hotel in Crete enamours guests with its majestic surroundings, the miraculous views to the shimmering Aegean Sea and the White Mountains as well as the high-end facilities and bespoke services offered. Focusing on the well-being of every individual this gem of a luxury hotel in Chania masterfully combines discreet luxury and comfort with attention to detail and attentive service ensuring a holiday beyond imaginable.