|Spyridon-Filiskos Samaras|| |
Si io t’amo (from Mademoiselle de Belle Isle)
Tassis Christoyannis (Baritone), Angelo Simos (Tenor), Pavlos Maropoulos (Bass), Marina Krilovici (Soprano), Martha Arapis (Soprano)
Kaval Choir of Sofia
Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra
Remembered today for the Olympic Anthem, Spyridon Samaras was the most distinguished Greek composer of his day and the first to gain international recognition. By the time Mademoiselle de Belle-Isle was produced, Samaras was a well-established and much-admired opera composer in the Italian Romantic style. The narrative of the opera sees the mischievous plans of the Duke of Richelieu descending into a complex tangle of amorous deceptions, tests of faithfulness and the perils of dueling. The score for this world premiere recording has been painstakingly restored by Byron Fidetzis.