It was in 1999 when Concordia director Basil Hawkins first came across The waltz of forgotten dreams by Hadjidakis. He was struck by its atmospheric and evocative nature and in keeping with this nostalgic ambience, the selection on this disc includes such pieces as Eileen Pakenham's Reverie and Fred Witt's Memories of Bendigo.
It was in 1999 when Concordia director Basil Hawkins first came across The waltz of forgotten dreams by Hadjidakis. He was struck by its atmospheric and evocative nature and in keeping with this nostalgic ambience, the selection on this disc includes such pieces as Eileen Pakenham's Reverie and Fred Witt's Memories of Bendigo. The characteristic tremolo of the mandola and mandolin lends itself perfectly to the long flowing melodic lines of such music while the guitars and double bass add texture and harmony.
As in their two previous CDs, the inclusion of both vocal and instrumental soloists on Forgotten Dreams provides an extra dimension to the music in terms of variety and colour.
Kurt Jensen is a Danish mandolin soloist who has been performing professionally since the age of 12. In Australia he has featured as soloist with the Melbourne Musicians, Chamber Strings of Melbourne, Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble.
Petra Webb studied at the Victorian College of the Arts where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Music). She also holds a Licentiate Diploma in Flute. Further studies were undertaken in England at the William Bennett Summer School and at the Oxford Flute Summer School. Petra has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and the Victorian Concert Orchestra.
Giuseppe (Joe) Corizzo has been singing with Concordia for the last five years on a regular basis and has performed at numerous venues.
Formed in 1978, the ensemble comprises approximately 30 members playing mandolins, mandolas, guitars, one mandocello, one double bass and one piano accordion. Concordia is frequently joined by woodwind, string and vocal soloists
Ballad of Ouri (Hadjidakis)
Come Back to Sorrento (De Curtis)
O Sole Mio (Di Capua)
Memories of Bendigo (Fred Witt)
Il Melograno (Theodorakis)
New Harmony (Goodin)
John Goodin's (1951-) music exhibits an intrinsic American character.
Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is perhaps most famous for his music score for the film Zorba the Greek
Fred Witt (1922-) was born in Dortmund, and studied singing, composition, guitar, zither, accordion, and conducting at Dortmund Conservatorium.
Very little is known about Eduardo Di Capua (1864-1917) except that he was a composer of Neapolitan songs. His most famous work is O Sole Mio which was written for a lover and sold to a publisher for just a few lira!
Ernesto (1835-1937) and GianBattista were two brothers who made the name of De Curtis famous in the Neapolitan music scape.
Along with his contemporary Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis (1925-1994) is one of the most prominent Greek composers of the century.
Theodor Ritter (1883-1950) was born in Dortmund and started studying the violin at an early age. He soon became interested in the mandolin and became a virtuoso, earning the reputation as the best mandolin player in Germany.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.