Saturday, January 30, 2010

Global Greek Music: Mario Frangoulis sings Manos Hadjidakis - Asteri tou Voria - Aστέρι του Βοριά - North Star

In his latest album and tribute to Manos Hadjidakis, Epohi tis Agapis or Season of Love, our tremendously talented Global Greek performer, Mario Frangoulis, sings one of the composer's most beautiful pieces.  

Asteri tou Voria, lyrics by Nikos Gatsos shown below, was composed for Elia Kazan's acclaimed film about the massacre and expulsion of the Greeks and Armenians from Asia Minor "America, America" released in 1963.

Τ' αστέρι του βοριά
θα φέρει ξαστεριά
μα σαν φανεί
μεσ' απ' το πέλαγο πανί
θα γίνω κύμα και φωτιά
να σ' αγκαλιάσω ξενητιά

Και 'συ χαμένη μου
πατρίδα μακρυνή
θα μείνεις χάδι και πληγή
σαν ξημερώσει σ' άλλη γή

Τώρα πετώ
για της ζωής το πανηγύρι
τώρα πετώ
για της χαράς μου την γιορτή

Φεγγάρια μου παλιά
καινούργια μου πουλιά
διώχτε τον ήλιο
και τη μέρα απ' το βουνό
για να με δείτε να περνώ
σαν αστραπή στον ουρανό Δίς

Διώχτε τον ήλιο
και τη μέρα απ' το βουνό
για να με δείτε να περνώ
σαν αστραπή στον ουρανό...

There are several versions on YouTube...we are including two more which we think are beautiful - you can choose the one you prefer!

With Manolis Mitsias and composer Dimitri Papadimitriou


With Elena Moudiri-Hasiotou and Katerina Sissini 

Two students from the Aristotelian University Theatre School on a school excursion to the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus sing the song a cappella... a lovely goosebump producing version in a sacred setting where the acoustics are superb!

Which one do you prefer?

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