Rhapsody For Two Guitars, Lyra

The artistic community of our country is happy to embody remarkably important guitar duos, to begin of course with Evangelos and Liza. Students of theirs are the guitarists Alexandra Christodimou and Yannis Petridis, who for the first time are presented in discography with the wide range CD that was released a few months ago by Lyra. It presents works by Kyriakos Giorginakis ("Greek Memories"), Joaquin Rodrigo ("Tonadilla"), Astor Piazzolla ("Tango Suite"), J.S.Bach ("Italian Concerto") and George Gershwin ("Rhapsody in blue"), the last two transcribed for two guitars by the artists themselves. Even though it is a production of low profile it has the ambition of gaining a high place in the European Classical Music market, mostly by its interpetation.
Christodimou - Petridis , both rewarded, with an almost excellent technique, perform in an ideal way most works in the present recording. In my opinion, their interpretation in "Greek Memories", by the early gone Kyriakos Giorginakis (1950-1989), is notable. Perhaps this is a minimum offer in the composer's memory for the 10 years of his "absence". Only the three last parts of the work are recorded ( Trata and Pyrofani are missing. The whole work was for the first time recorded in 1985 by Maro Razi-Yanni Yakoumaki by Motivo.)However, these are more than adequate to confirm how great the loss of the composer is. Referring to his composition , he once wrote: "This is a series of pictures conceived by sounds and roots that even though we may consciously deny, often reluctantly jump ahead of us, full of life and identify us".
From the rest of the works, all captivating, I enjoy the performance of Rodrigo's "Tonadilla", a major and demanding work. (Who isn't familiar with "Concierto de Aranjuez", at least in Miles Davis's "Sketches of Spain") .
Divine Piazzolla's "Tango Suite" - three intensely rhythmical tangos in which the guitar is also used as percussion - very soon became an inseparable part of every contemporary duo's repertoire. The interpretation , no exaltations , is dignified and "European".
"Rhapsody in blue", in the two guitar version, even though not as intriguing as in the original form, is nevertheless upstanding and deserves our attention. The interpretation is definitely superior to the transcription's quality.
However, my conclusion is that this is an excellent - worth buying recording of wide range. The brochure is well informed even though I object to the translation in Greek of "Rhapsody in blue". I wish to the artist's well continuation and hope their next recording will enclose only Greek works.

Thomas Tamvakos, Jazz & Tzaz (No. 76, July 1999)