“I first met Alexandra Gravas when we did an event together at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and I was greatly struck by the power and beauty of her singing. I believe that this power and beauty derives from her passionate love of the music that she sings. She is, of course, technically a marvellous singer, and she has enormous vitality and presence on the stage, but her greatest ability is that of singing straight from the heart so that her music resonates in the heart of the listener. She has a vast repertoire that spans everything from Schubert’s songs to Greek lullabies, and she sings all of it with a profound understanding that music is more than just constructed sound.
Alexandra knows that it is about communication, and so she dedicates herself to communicating with all of us, disdaining the barriers of language and culture that the world has unkindly strewn in our path, in the same way that a bird flies over tank traps and borders without even knowing that they are there. When I listen to Alexandra, even when it is only at the dinner table, and she has just put her knife and fork down in order to demonstrate a little piece of a song, I have the feeling that music comes not from her, but through her from somewhere beyond. She is among those who have been picked out as one of life’s messengers.”
Louis de Bernières (“Captain Corelli’s Mandolin")
„… the unique color of your voice, your tremendous musical education as well as your perfect singing in German, English and your beautiful Greek…” tv-clip
Mimis Plessas Legendary Greek Composer
Cavafy's poetry has inspired many other poets and composers alike. However, bringing his poetry and the music set to it or derived from it in a framework that fulfills high artistic and intellectual demands is a great challenge. This is exactly what is accomplished by the Lecture-Concert presented by the Cavafy expert, Dr. Lambropoulos, the accomplished pianist Dr. Polychronidis and the exquisite mezzo-soprano Alexandra Gravas.The audience experiences a challenging and uplifting combination of literary, historical and musical analysis and a strong emotive engagement in the music that opens routes to a deeper understanding of the personal and cosmopolitan interaction between music and poetry.Lambropoulos' trans-disciplinary approach, Polychronidis powerful piano strokes and Gravas' haunting voice that seems to emerge from the Earth itself merge into a unique and carefully elaborated mosaic. This event is also a manifestation of the continuing creativity of Greek artists and intellectuals in the diaspora of whom Cavafy was a prime example. This is a really must-attend performance.
Athan Petridis PhD, Des Moines/Iowa 18/04/2012