“Your new interpretation of my Piano Concerto No 1, totally justifies my first impression of your magnificent and inspired approach to my work. I was deeply touched, because you are young and Greek, and I must say that your Greek spirit of performing was obvious not only in the rhythmic passages but especially in your expressiveness of the melodies”.
Mastroyiannis has been called the “musical ambassador of Greece,” and these 23 compositions (63 if you itemize the “44 Miniatures on Original Greek Folk-Tunes” that comprise the album’s first 18 minutes) by eminent 20th-century Greek composers makes it easy to see why. Whether you know a little, a lot, or nothing at all about these deceptively simple works by Hadjidakis, Kalomiris, Konstantindis, Psathas, and Theodorakis, you’ll come away with the distinct impression that they are to Greece what Edward MacDowell’s Woodland Sketches were, and are, to 19th-century America.
Arsenio Orteza – “WORLD Magazine” (USA)
“La tecnica e l’interpretazione del pianista Greco Dino Mastroyiannis sono emerse in una fusione sublime di descrittivismo e transfigurazione lirica.”
Gazzetta del Sud (music newspaper), Italy
“The maximum part for the concert’s success is owed to the new great talent of Greece, the pianist Dino Mastroyiannis. He managed to impress not only with his rich and many-sided technique but and with his artistic temperament, always combined with the perfect feeling of the rhythm.
Hudobny Zivot (music newspaper), Slovakia
“This affectionately well-played collection of solo Greek piano music makes no pretense to be anything else but a tribute to traditional folk-based nationalistic material. Dino Mastroyiannis plays it all with authority and panache.In his performances,these rare gems of Greek piano literature are enchantingly sincere.”
FANFARE Magazine (USA)
How little one hears of Greek music. So here’s a welcome selection of piano music by several of the composers who established a Hellenic tradition based on folk music in the early twentieth century, perhaps influenced by what Bartók, Falla, and others were doing to the north and west. Thus Konstantinidis wrote sets of little pieces for children and adults using old songs and dances, while Hadjidakis used them for larger pieces and ballets. The better-known Theodorakis is here with several numbers that include Zorba’s Dance, and from a younger generation, Psathas. Such collections are best heard in small doses, but this one remains consistently involving and Dino Mastroyiannis plays everything most convincingly.
Ballet Review (USA)
Classical piano music—from Greece? You might be surprised at this disc.You don’t often think of Greece when thinking of classical music, but its influence, both in composition and in instrumental music is hardly negligible. On this recording, noted Greek pianist Dino Mastroyiannis, who has worked heavily with legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, takes us on a tour of some of the best of modern Greek piano music. Quite frankly some of it like the 44 Dances of Yiannis Konstantnides and the Ionian Suite and For a Little White Seashell of Manos Hadjidakis sound a little derivative, even if the former is intended for younger players. But then one also comes across the magnificent Nocturne by Manolis Kalomiris and the recent Waiting for the Aeroplane by John Psathas, along with Manos Hadjidakis’s Six Folklore Paintings and you begin to see what has been accomplished by Greek artists since around 1900.So while I can quibble with one or two of the selections as being a little weak-kneed for this recording, overall the effect is quite entertaining and instructive. Dino Mastroyiannis plays with obvious authority in this music, persistent idiomatic awareness, and with a rich and broadly orchestral tone when called for. If the concept interests you, no need to delay.”
Steven Ritter “Audiophile audition” web magazine for music,audio home theater July 26, 2011
“I found out, that your interpretation, and in general your attitude in relation to the orchestra, improves the harmony of instinctive naturalness and the genuine reference with the music.”
George Hadjinikos (international famous pianist, conductor and musicologist; to be mentioned to the 3rd Piano Concerto of Vladigerov)
«Το παίξιμο του κ. Μαστρογιάννη διακρίνει μια εσωτερική αυτοσυγκέντρωση. Σ’ ένα ρεπερτόριο κατάφωρα εκτεθειμένο, κατόρθωσε να ενσταλάξει μια αστραφτερή διαύγεια και σπάνια στοχαστικότητα. Σε συνδυασμό με το βαθύ καλλιτεχνικό συναίσθημα που τον διέπει και την ευγενή παρουσία του, ο. κ. Μαστρογιάννης εξέπληξε με τη εμβρίθειά του, που ενίοτε έφτανε σε ελκυστικότατη υπερβολή – ίδιον επίσης του ίδιου του Μότσαρτ που, ως πιανίστας, ενστάλαζε τα πιανιστικά του έργα με χαρακτηριστικά της εκρηκτικής προσωπικότητάς του…Ο κ. Μαστρογιάννης απέδειξε για άλλη μια φορά πως είναι εξαίρετος μυσταγωγός αυτής της παράδοσης στην εποχή μας, με συνεχή καλλιτεχνική παρουσία που διαπνέεται από αξιοπρέπεια ευγένεια ήθους και σπάνια αρετή σοβαρότητας.»
Δρ. Ευτυχία Παπανικολάου Επίκουρος Καθηγήτρια Μουσικολογίας Πανεπιστημίου Μαϊάμι, Οχάϊο, ΗΠΑ εφημερίδα “Θεσσαλία”, 31-12-2006
Many of the works on this CD are excerpts of much larger works, collections of works with 40 tunes each. Some of these are simple Greek folktunes, and some are complex nocturnes by Greek composers. This CD was obviously a labor of love for Dino Mastroyiannis, and supported by a larger artisitic community (it was recorded in the Architecture Dept. of the University of Thessaly, Greece). This CD is entirely accessible, and I would think many pianists who are performing would want to listen to this to glean some fresh, rarely performed repertoire to add to their mix.
Delmarva Public Radio – Classical 89.5- Great Music and NPR News (21-10-2011)
“Exceptional success remarked the presentation of the virtuoso soloist from Volos, D. M., who precisely amazed with his interpretative ability the public that saw the concert, and for one more time he showed the excellent qualifications he disposes. His theoretic constitution and his persistence to the interpretation of piano works with great difficulties, are components that classifying nowadays D.M. among to the best Greek soloists.”
Yiannis Mougoyiannis (newspaper “Thessalia”)
“But the highest moment of the artist was “Humoresque” op. 20 of Schumann. Here Dinos Mastroyiannis rendered in a wonderful way the innumerable alterations of emotions, which the piece of work is swarmed with, and make it so difficult to perform.”
Tassos Seglias (newspaper “Takhydromos”)
It may not be an exaggeration that every performance of this work constitutes a monumental event, and the one on this CD is no exception. It captures not only the power of the live performance but also the extraordinary partnership of two remarkable musicians; their Schöne Müllerin is nuanced—it transcends agony in favor of redemptive catharsis.”
Ph.D.Associate Professor of Musicology
Bowling Green State University – USA
“Ακούγοντας το Μαστρογιάννη στην αποθεωτική ερμηνεία, τη γεμάτη ευαισθησία και εμπνευσμένη προσέγγιση του έργου
(αναφορά στο Κοντσέρτο «Ελικών»), θυμήθηκα την αείμνηστη Έρση Σαράτση…είχε απόλυτο δίκιο, όπως απέδειξαν τα πράγματα…Ο Ντίνος αναδείχτηκε σε πανευρωπαϊκής φήμης σολίστ του Πιάνου, με ερμηνείες που εξέπληξαν δύσκολους ακροατές σε μεγάλες μουσικές αίθουσες της Ευρώπης…”
Eφημερίδα «Θεσσαλία», 24-03-2010