A woman is walking alone through an abandoned city. She approaches the forbidden zone and tries to pass through. Everywhere the Morning Patrol and deceptive traps are watching. The city itself is alive but uncontrolled. Computer voices warn non-existing inhabitants to leave the city. The communication system works… cinemas show films… classic faces of a past era flash across TV screens. She is confronted by one of the few survivors guarding the city.
There is a large part of Skalkottas's oeuvre that is seriously dissonant. It made quite an impact in the 1960s and 1970s in the UK when revived on the BBC by Dorati and others. Separate from that strain this Greek composer also wrote in a grateful lyrical idiom in touch with the song and dance of his homeland. This can be heard in his large collection of Greek Dances. It is this raw, dancing and whirling energy that we catch in the 45 minute ballet suite of The Sea, written in 1948 …….Rob Barnett @ musicweb-international.com
BIS' investigation of Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas' oeuvre is getting into his latest and least-known concerted repertoire with its Skalkottas: Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra (1945). It features violinists Georgios Demertzis and Simos Papanas with Vassilis Christopoulos and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in the concerto; the same body supports pianists Maria Asteriadou and Nikolaos Samaltanos in Skalkottas' Concertino (1935) and xylophonist Dimitris Dessyllas in his tiny Characteristic Piece "Nocturnal Amusement" (1949)………..Uncle Dave Lewis @ AllMusic
Greek composer Nikolaos Skalkottas was one of Arnold Schoenberg's best European students, and his approach to serial technique represented an ideal in the realization of Schoenberg's twelve-tone system as Schoenberg himself viewed it. BIS' Skalkottas: 16 Melodies, Piano Pieces introduces a major vocal Skalkottas vocal cycle, 16 Melodies (1941) and four piano pieces, 15 Little Variations and Sonatina from the Roaring '20s, rounding off the program with Echo and Berceuse from the warring '40s……..Uncle Dave Lewis @ AllMusic
In this experimental film, shot entirely within one room, a woman who waits in prison for her execution, dreams, masturbates, somehow kills her executioner, and survives.