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.
Formed in 1978, the Concordia comprises approximately 24 members playing mandolins, mandolas, guitars, mandocello, Double bass and piano accordion.
- Romanze Theodor Ritter 5:34
- Ballad of Ouri Manos Hadjidakis 5:14
- Waltz of Forgotten Dreams Manos Hadjidakis 4:10
- Andante Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 6:15
- Reverie 4:06
- Come back to Sorrento Ernesto de Curtis 3:05
- O sole Mio Eduardo di Capua 4:47
- Memories of Bendigo Fred Witt 2:20
- Ximeroni Manos Hadjidakis 6:25
- Il Melograno Mikis Theodorakis 6:33
- New Harmony Goodin John Goodin 4:06
- Sakura 3:59
- Concordia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble
- Kurt Jensen · track 1
- Petra Webb · track 4
- Giuseppe Corizzo · track 6
John Goodin's (1951-) music exhibits an intrinsic American character.
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.
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.
Along with his contemporary Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis (1925-1994) is one of the most prominent Greek composers of the century.
Ernesto (1835-1937) and GianBattista were two brothers who made the name of De Curtis famous in the Neapolitan music scape.
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!
Fred Witt (1922-) was born in Dortmund, and studied singing, composition, guitar, zither, accordion, and conducting at Dortmund Conservatorium.
Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is perhaps most famous for his music score for the film Zorba the Greek