Greek guitarist shows variety and virtuosity

Mediterranean Journey: St George’s

ELEFTHERIA KOTZIA was born in Greece and studied in Athens.

Under the title above she opened with one of her contemporaries Mikis Theodorakis’ Four Epitaphs. These miniatures were both solemn and sprightly.

Another Greek composer was originally in a rock band and there is the element of the blues in some of his music. His three Spring Songs have contrasting themes, the first being very tuneful, the second softer and the last in the style of a blues number.

Tarrega's famous piece imitating a stream flowing by the Alhambra was played with great delicacy and emotion by Ms Kotzia.

In the slow movement of Villa Lobo's guitar concerto, the soloist gave an account which was both magnetic and full of atmosphere.

Two contrasting pieces by Rodrigo contained music which was both fast and gentle and was skilfully played.

Fuoco by modern French composer Roland Dyens was both tuneful and at times violent, testing the superb skills of the guitarist to the full. She held the audience spelibound throughout and thoroughly deserved the long ovation.


9/10: JOHN PACKWCOOD