september 2nd 2021:
The world is losing a great warrior.
Rest in peace, dear Mikis.
by Mikis Theodorakis
Johanna’s voice radiates a very strong personality, an entirely original personality. All the songs on this CD, from beginning to end, are characterized by the duality of a basic, melancholy mood on one side and a blinding brightness on the other. This contrast forms a dynamic unity, like the atmosphere on a summer day in Greece, when the shadows are so much darker as the sun shines ever more intensely.
Johanna’s pathos conveys the element of unpredictability that determines our lives. Interestingly, there is something “Greek” in the wonderful willfulness of this German artist, because again and again things become dramatic; but Johanna also repeatedly surrenders to the serenity which is at the heart of my songs.
As a young and quite extraordinary musician, Sebastian has made marvelous arrangements, in which one can recognize a great richness of ideas. His modesty in not altering my melodies touches me, because he had every possibility to do all sorts of things that might have robbed them of their souls. But it remains my music.
I am quite surprised that I now hear the songs as if they had been composed by me in order for Sebastian to clothe them in atonality. Sebastian has given my songs a magical rebirth. How easily what is modal and tonal tips into what is atonal ... that shows a wonderful, lively gift of imagination. Johanna’s performance corresponds to this in an ideal fashion.
I find it astonishing and it makes me very happy that at the age of 90 my music feels so young to me: willing to take risks, and not relying on mere knowledge.
English translation by John Patrick Thomas and W. Richard Rieves
c./o. music in progress
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