Various Artists

Drama in Volos: Sound Documents 1993-2001

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This CD is an anthology of the theatrical activity in the city of Volos (Greece) between 1993 and 2001. Costis Drygianakis (himself a composer of music for stage productions) has gathered and selected excerpts from 18 different productions by professional and amateur troupes. The best-sounding cuts come from prerecorded stage soundtracks, the worst are taken from audience recordings. The plays featured include contemporary Greek works and adaptations of international authors like Mark Twain ("Tom Sawyer"), Saint-Exupéry ("The Little Prince"), Gogol ("Marriage"), and Heiner Goebbels ("Schliemann Scaffolding"). The excerpts highlight the music, but also the work of the actors through dialogues and choruses. The aim of the CD is clearly historical (chronicling the thriving scene in Volos) and testimonial. Some tracks are interesting by themselves -- Apostolos Valaroutsos and Philippos Retsios' "The Little Prince" song and Drygianakis' atmospheric pieces, for instance -- but in general this album holds little interest to anyone except Volos residents and theater historians. This CD first appeared as a companion CD to the second volume of the theater magazine In Volos. Tracks 14 and 18 were finally left blank because of unresolved copyright problems. The liner notes are in Greek and English.