Jonian Ilias Kadesha & Vashti Hunter - A Journey for Two

August 6, 2020

“When choosing the title of this CD, we were immediately drawn to the title of the first piece in our recording, Dhipli Zyia by Xenakis, which simply translates as ‘a band of two folk musicians’. After delving more deeply, we discovered that Zyiaderives from the ancient Greek word ‘balance’, which is such a vitally important element of chamber music, and indeed – in any relationship. Fittingly, Zyia is also another name for Hera, the Goddess of marriage from ancient Greek mythology.

This CD symbolises an important part of a journey for us –not only as partners in chamber music –but also as a celebration of our friendship. (…)

Our recording centres around pieces which celebrate the joy and vibrancy of folk music, opening with music by Xenakis from the Balkans in Greece, Jonian’s birthplace, then venturing north to Hungary for the Kodály, west to Switzerland/France for the Sonatina by Honegger and finally returning to Greece for a rarely performed duo by Skalkottas. We are both in love with folk music, particularly from the Balkans, and hope to pass on some of the joy it brings us when playing it!”
Excerpts from the booklet liner notes by Jonian Ilias Kadesha & Vashti Hunter





Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)

 1 Dhipli Zyia, for Violin and Cello (2000)

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
  Duo for Cello and Violin, Op. 7 (1914)

 2   I.   Allegro serioso, non troppo
 3   II.  Adagio
 4  III.  Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento

Arthur Honegger (1892-1955)
 Sonatina for Violin and Cello, H. 80 (1932)

 5   I.  Allegro
 6   II.  Andante  
 7  III.  Allegro  

Nikos Skalkottas (1904-1949)
 Duo for Violin and Cello (1947)

 8    I.   Allegro ordinario e un poco agitato
 9    II.  Andante molto espressivo
10  III.  Scherzo  
11  IV.  Finale. Allegro vivo  

Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Violin
Vashti Hunter, Cello


Label: CAvi, Vertrieb Harmonia Mundi
Order number:   85530175
Release Date: September 04st 2020

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