“I have no doubt that Gregoriadou has a most musical mind . . . that is to say, it melds intellect with emotion and sensitivity. In her own way, Gregoriadou evokes musicians such as Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, and Wanda Landowska in her willingness—her need, really—to find a new way to express herself and to reanimate the music, without letting innovation become an end in itself.”
Raymond Tuttle – Fanfare
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American composer Sean Hickey (b. 1970) writes about his Tango Grotesco (2001): “It is an extremely humble homage to one of the greatest of my fascinations: the music – particularly the art music – of Latin America. A guitarist from an early age, I find writing for the instrument incredibly intimidating. This happens to be my only work for solo guitar. First performed and recorded by guitarist Oren Fader on my debut Naxos release, Left at the Fork in the Road, the piece has also been championed by Nadav Lev, an extremely gifted performer. I’m delighted to have it recorded again. A two-bar falling phrase of sixteenth notes begins the piece before the tango rhythm – in a way a caricature of one – establishes itself in thick, strummed chords. A quasi-fugal mid-section departs from the key center before returning to the tango rhythm and progression before concluding in the briefest of codas. The piece has been performed numerous times in the US, Israel and Argentina, and I’m honored to have it recorded here by the wonderfully talented Smaro Gregoriadou.”