The composer who gave us the orchestral and choral masterpieces Axion Esti and Canto General also gave the world Romiosini. This well-loved song cycle is based on the poetry of Yannis Ritsos.
Romiosini describes the feelings of oppression and suffering in a country under foreign occupation. Consisting of nine songs, Mikis Theodorakis set the poetry of Yannis Ritsos to music of power and supplication. ‘When They Squeeze the Hand’ is the best-known example of this. International Artist, Dimitris Basis has a special personal relationship with Mikis Theodorakis and it is his request for us to present the masterpiece that is Romiosini.
In the last few years, the Festival has also presented the outstanding popular songs composed by Mikis Theodorakis, Greece’s most popular composer. This concert champions works previously not performed in Melbourne, written by the great maestro. The Greek Community of Melbourne is proud to present these songs with some of Australia’s best orchestral musicians.