Telluric Dances: Christos Hatzis and Lidia Khaner in Conversation
Toronto-based Christos Hatzis, one of Canada’s most distinguished composers, marks his 60th birthday this year. Recent events include a world premiere by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the inclusion of a new work on violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn’s latest CD for Deutsche Grammophon. On November 30, 2013, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra joins the celebrations by presenting an audience favourite, the oboe concerto Telluric Dances
, composed in 2005, featuring the ESO’s very own Principal Oboe, Lidia Khaner, with Mei-Ann Chen guest conducting
In this podcast accompanied by excerpts from the music, Hatzis tells ESO Resident Composer Robert Rival
about the peculiarities of the oboe’s timbre, how he rediscovered the folk music of his native Greece after arriving in Toronto, the dance forms from the Balkans and Greece that drive the work, the special role of percussion, his embrace of eclecticism, and his fascination with perceived vs actual time. Then Lidia Khaner speaks about the challenges of producing multiphonics – or chords – on the oboe and why she finds the music so moving.
Duration: 25:14 minutes