Rainy Night (2013)



A work for solo piano...

A recital...

A journey...

 

 When some years ago I met George Arkomanis and
I was facing the score of Rainy Night for the first time,
I was surprised, knowing a young composer
who either
did not know what to expect from his work, or he was expecting
so much and... he knew too much!

By studying the work, I found myself confronted with
fundamental musical, pianist
ic  and artistic issues.
How
a performer should treat a "peculiar" new music score?
What attitude must he have towards a new work,
when
he presents it for the first time,
thereby creating a "benchmark"?
What is the proper piano sound
required to
approach the deeper meaning, when it comes to a work without
precedent and with huge demands on dynamics,
sound colours, articulations, pedals and many other parameters?

You can compare Rainy Night perhaps with some
works
by Schubert, where you must tell a lot with
very little means.... less is more then!
A principle that appears to be at
the creation of Arkomanis,
who manages to be complex and multi-layered in a very simple way,
which to me, makes him a modern "classic".

The directness of the work lies in its simplicity.
A simplicity that comes from the genius,
the personality and the ability of the composer to focus
and not
to be distracted from his purpose.

The Rainy Night is a process, an existential quest,
a
questioning and a solution simultaneously.
An archetypal, melancholic and lonely rainy night,
during which internal conflicts, dreams, disappointments,
fears and hopes compose a psychological mosaic,
onto which everyone
has step at some point in our lives.

The result of this process, for me, was to become a little
better pianist and maybe a little better person.

That's
why I thank George Arkomanis for entrusting me Rainy Night.
I hope the hearing of
the work  to do the same to you ...” 

Dimitris Anousis

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