8TH CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019
8th Chamber Music Festival
26, 28, 30 August 02, 04 September 2019
The 8th Chamber Music Festival is inspired by the great El Greco. The Cretan Doménikos Theotokópoulos, widely known as El Greco («The Greek») boasted a dramatic and expressionistic style, which was met with puzzlement by his contemporaries but found appreciation in the 20th century. El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual, that he belongs to no conventional school.
Three musical works from Jon Leifs, George Tsontakis and Philippos Tsalahouris carry into the 20th and 21st century El Greco’s intense spiritual force. Similar to the painter’s life, the festival embarks on a musical journey through Greece, Italy and Spain, exposing musically the same unique «colors» of each country, that shaped the painter’s visionary art.
These three musical ‘El Greco’ works initiate each one of the three concerts on 28.8, 30.8 and 2.9 and are enriched by several other musical ‘pearls’, with Greek, Italian and Spanish ‘colors’. Two additional concerts begin and end the 8th Minoa Palace Music Festival; a Prologue on 26.8 with works from the romantic era and a Finale on 4.9 featuring the celebrated Apollon Musagete string quartet.
MEET EUPHORIA RESORT
Our sister hotel Euphoria Resort opened its doors on May 11th.
Perched on the seashore of Kolymvari, the 5* Euphoria Resort inspires with the breathtaking view of the horizon. It is built in a historic village that carries the traditions of Cretans, keeping alive the images of the past and its fascinating bygone era. As its name reveals, this premium family resort is a symbol of comfort and happiness with its modern and sophisticated rooms and suites, sharing pools and lush gardens.
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7TH CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018
24/08, 27/08, 29/08 & 01/09/2018
The 7th Chamber Music Festival bids farewell to the Summer and welcomes Fall. This year’s festival is a musical journey through Light and Darkness. This theme is expanded and researched in four concerts.
The first concert exposes the theme of darkness and light through Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Mendelssohn’s sextet. The second concert is dedicated to our dark part, the spiritual, the unknown, the inner struggle and contemplation with works from Olivier Messiaen, Biber and Arvo Pärt. The third concert depicts the light, the outside, the impulse that reaches our senses, therefore it is a concert of works inspired by images from Debussy, Mussorgsky and Górecki. Finally, our fourth concert is a tribute to the loss of a dear friend. It is a memorial and a goodbye.
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6TH CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017
6th Chamber Music Festival
07/09, 11/09 & 13/09/2017
We are delighted to announce that we are on our way to the opening of the 6th Chamber Music Festival! This year, 3 concerts on 7, 11 & 13th of September will travel us through 112 years of musical creation. 8 memorable musical references are presented, starting from 1828 in Vienna up to 1940, to the Soviet Union of World War 2.
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5TH CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016
5th Chamber Music Festival
27/08, 28/08, 31/08/2016
The 5th Minoa Palace Chamber Music Festival enlightens two special figures of the romantic second half of the 19th century, Cesar Franck and Johannes Brahms.
Both of them were virtuosic pianists, both revered Bachian polyphony and strict structure and both valued the spirit of Classicism when others found it unfashionable. Both wrote with what we recognize today as a distinctly “romantic” voice.
Their intense interest in the chamber music area created plenty of masterpieces. Among them we chose some exceptional examples.
Though musically precocious, César Franck never became the money-making piano prodigy his father desired. After moving out of his parents’ house in Paris (where the family had moved from Liège in 1835), Franck supported himself by teaching and playing the organ. He became organist at the newly built church of St. Clotilde in 1858 and slowly acquired fame for his organ improvisations. Composition remained intermittent, however, and mostly focused on monumental, labor-intensive oratorios and operas, until a blossoming of creative energy in the late 1870s that continued until his death. This produced several symphonic poems, distinctive chamber music, important piano and organ pieces, and the Symphony in D minor, all displaying Franck’s characteristic tonal architecture, cyclical thematic transformations and intensely chromatic harmony.
Brahms was soon declared as one of the 3 B’s of the great German music and according to Robert Schumann the “successor’’ to Beethoven, a prediction that Brahms was determined to live up to. His extreme talent in composition was combined with extreme perfectionism and self-criticism, which resulted in lengthy and painful revisions of his own compositions. In contrast to the stormy, passionate works of «neo-German» composers such as Richard Wagner and Franz List, Brahms retained reverence for the classical heritage and maintained the Romantic tradition of his great predecessor, Beethoven. Although controversy developed between supporters of Brahms and the followers of Wagner in particular, Brahms was not a reactionary. He looked both backward and forward, producing innovative harmonies that prompted Arnold Schoenberg to write «Brahms the Progressive,» a 1933 essay that has influenced contemporary evaluations of the composer.
OUR DONATION TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
In this particularly difficult period that we are going through, our hotel decided, for once again to support the action of Médecins Sans Frontières’/ Doctors Without Borders. Instead of purchasing Christmas cards, we donated the amount to be allocated to their programs, thereby ensuring access to medical care for thousands of patients.
The Greek Section of Médecins Sans Frontières’/ Doctors Without Borders was
founded in 1990 and this year is celebrating 25 years of action. So far, more than
450 Greek doctors, nurses and technicians have provided their services in our
country and around the world providing our fellowmen, beyond medical and
humanitarian aid, hope and dignity. Syria, Haiti, Palestine, Rwanda, Ethiopia,
Afghanistan, Greece are just a few of the countries where the members of the
Greek Section of Doctors Without Borders have worked to save as many people as
In order to make this action real, they are supported by thousands of Greek citizens
and companies, who share the same values and vision with them. Any help from all of us gives them means in order to continue their work.