MUSIC OF MEMORY – NMC RECORDINGS (2013)
This recital takes its title from another major guitar work of the 20th century, Nicholas Maw’s Music of Memory – an intricate set of variations on a theme from Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor. It is coupled with premiere recordings of Maw’s Little Suite for Guitar; Peter Racine Fricker’s dramatic, Spanish-inflected Paseo, commissioned by Julian Bream, but never recorded; and works by Bayan Northcott, John McCabe and Joseph Atkins. Finally, the recording features two new works commissioned by Antonis from Charlotte Bray and Matthew Taylor, with support from the Britten-Pears Foundation.
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‘Hatzinikolaou, who won the 2006 Julian Bream Prize, proves himself to be one of the most eloquent advocates for British guitar music you could wish for’ Gramophone
‘Sequence of eight British guitar pieces played beautifully by a Greek’ The Sunday Times
‘Hatzinikolaou delivers the goods with consummate dramatic force and huge doses of technical brilliance … a landmark release that’s both challenging and essential’ Classical Guitar Magazine
‘Glittering textures, are impressively agile … A very engaging recital’ BBC Music Magazine
‘Antonis Hatzinikolaou […] is a masterly player. No technical or intellectual challenge seems too much for him. He manages to bring warmth to the thorniest passages and plays with a huge range of tone and dynamics.’ American Record Guide
‘Antonis Hatzinikolaou interprets impressively almost mystically with dedication and great respect for the music’ Kathimerini (translation from Greek newspaper)
DEBUT SERIES – DRAFT RECORDS (2008)
Comprising a recital programme of four major classical works spanning the past four centuries, Antonis Hatzinikolaou’s debut recording in Draft Records represents the culmination of an impressive classical music education involving some of the world’s finest institutions and performers.
Featuring: J. S. Bach: Sonata BWV 1005 (arr. Hatzinikolaou), M. Giuliani: Grande Ouverture, B. Britten: Nocturnal op.70 and J. Rodrigo: Sonata Giocosa.
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‘Magnificent … simply magnificent! Greek guitarist Antonis Hatzinikolaou has excelled himself with this, his first solo recording… His technical dexterity is beyond question and his musicianship shows a maturity far in excess of his years… this is playing of the highest standard (containing some of the best performance of Bach this reviewer has heard) and easily stands alongside the best of them’ – Classical Guitar Magazine
FUGATA QUINTET – A. PIAZZOLLA (2011)
Astor Piazzolla is Fugata Quintet’s debut double album, which, even with its extended 90-minute duration, is only a small illustration of the quintet’s vast repertoire. As an independent group, Fugata Quintet enjoy the opportunity to explore a variety of Piazzolla’s lesser known pieces alongside his more established works. Part one, Concierto de Fugata, with the exception of Adios Nonino, is a selection of lesser known Piazzolla works that challenge their performers’ expressive, improvisatory, and technical abilities. Among the other pieces, Revolucionario, as its name suggests, will keep the casual listener on the edge of their seat while introducing Piazzolla aficionados to a whole new side of his music. Part two, Angel y Diablo, is the realisation of one of the composer’s own programming ideas, which sadly did not materialise during his lifetime due to the then perceived unconventional nature of the musical material. The vivid Angel and Diablo suites are presented here with the addition of the breathtakingly beautiful and poignant Coral.
“Piazzolla perfection” Songlines Magazine
SONG BOOK – NMC (2009)
To mark its 20th Anniversary in 2009, NMC Recordings has commissioned the NMC Songbook. Nearly 100 composers, ranging from the UK’s most highly regarded figures to the younger generation of emerging talents, have each written a song on the theme of ‘Britain’, for single voice or duet and a range of accompanying instruments. Antonis has taken part on this project performing works by: Luke Bedford, John McCabe, Jonathan Lloyd, Stuart MacRae, Giles Swayne as well as arrangements of Thomas Morley by Colin Matthews for a variety of ensembles.
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CLASSIC FM GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER 2009 · GRAMOPHONE ‘RECOMMENDATION FOR MAY 2009′ · BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE ‘CHOICE FOR MAY 2009′ · MUSIC WEB ‘RECORD OF THE MONTH FOR MAY 2009
“This extraordinary project confirms the robust health and endlessly varied landscape of Britain’s new music” John Adams, composer
“Unpredictable, audacious, exhilarating and continually fascinating, the Songbook is an outstanding project. A Lucullan feast for the ears” International Record Review
“The NMC Songbook will remain as a vital document of song composition at a particularly interesting point of development for British music, a point in which the songbook itself will have played no small part” Musical Criticism
“The year’s most ambitious and richly enjoyable recording project” Classic FM Magazine
“The performances are uniformly superb … The more one listens, the more one gains from this set.” The Guardian
“Anyone listening to these discs will find many things to savour… a treasure-trove of delights” Bbc Music Magazine *****
“Remarkable …the song is back” Time Out
“an invaluable overview of British music … beautifully sung and played by more than two dozen top performers” The Observer
“One of the most imaginative anniversary projects I have seen” Radio 3 CD Review
“Provides a remarkable snapshot of the oxymoronic mongrelism of UK culture … ranging from high art and literature to the vernacular and the comic” The Wire
“A treasure-trove of delights” BBC Music Magazine