Elena Pavlea: The Shape of Freedom


Discover this new recording of chamber and orchestral music by Greek composer, Elena Pavlea, performed by Southern Sinfonia (orchestra), directed by Simon Chalk, & London Piano Trio (ensemble).

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“Elena Pavlea’s style has instant impact and possesses an unmistakable Hellenic character that both sings and dances concurrently. She blends the ‘epic’ with the ‘intimate’ in a seamless thread and the programmatic titles to her works evoke a clear connection with Greek antiquity.” George Richford, Producer

About the artists

Southern Sinfonia

Southern Sinfonia’s reputation continues to grow as the leading professional Chamber Orchestra in the South of England. With Sir Roger Norrington as its Patron the orchestra, established in 1990, is now developing its exciting new residency at Queen’s College in Taunton, Somerset, alongside its other continuing relationships under its new Artistic Director/Conductor, Simon Chalk.

Characterised by the strength and depth of knowledge of its players – from its unique ability to also play Baroque instruments at the correct pitch and with informed playing style to its commitment to contemporary and new music – Southern Sinfonia is in great demand. The orchestra has held residencies at the Corn Exchange, Newbury and the University of Winchester, and has had a long association with Reading University. It performs in venues throughout the UK including London, Wells, Bath, Exeter, Canterbury, Cambridge, Nottingham and Romsey.

London Piano Trio

“Simply World Class” is the description made by the German press of the London Piano Trio. For the past 20 years the London Piano Trio have been touring, recording, and teaching across the globe to rave reviews. Upcoming tours include a 10 city tour of China in 2020 and a Far East Tour in 2021. At home they have been described as a “National Treasure”.

They were artists in residence at the Gibbs Music Festival from 2008 – 2014 and from 2014 – 2016 had a residency at St John’s Smith Square in London, featuring a critically acclaimed 2015 Beethoven Cycle and are artists in residence at the Festival Jalesnes, Venantes, France.

Their interest in promoting English music has resulted in them recording the complete trios of Donald Francis Tovey, Henry Cotter Nixon, and Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, with many premiere performances in places such as Dubai, Singapore, Manila, Naples, and Paris. They have actively commissioned works by composers such as Christopher Gunning, Jed Balsamo, Gavin Bryers, Clement Ishmael, Christopher Weeks and Carson Cooman.

Simon Chalk

Simon has conducted orchestras in over 70 countries, across a plethora of musical genres, to tens of thousands of concert goers and has appeared at many of the world’s most iconic venues, from the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House to the O2 in London and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. He is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of Southern Sinfonia, Principal Guest Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta (formerly Chief Conductor) and Guest Conductor of the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. He has made numerous recordings including two live DVDs with the international vocal quartet, Il Divo.

Elena Pavlea

Elena Pavlea’s compositional output is influenced by Neo-romantic and Minimalistic musical genres.

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, she discovered classical music at an early age, undertaking her first piano lessons aged seven and composing her first piano pieces aged eight. In her own words, she relates, “I quickly realized that composition was something I felt I needed to pursue. I feel that music can help me to express myself in an honest and sincere way.”

Much of Elena’s music has been written collaboratively with film directors, video artists, choreographers, sculptors, painters, and poets. In her own words: “Music can be found in words, in gestures, in images and objects and can create a whole world by itself – or enhance an existing visual narrative where it already exists”. Read more

CD Booklet
  • Narrow Streets - Elena Pavlea
  • Karpon Spondi - Elena Pavlea
  • Realization - Elena Pavlea
  • Means of Escape - Elena Pavlea
  • The Offering - Elena Pavlea
  • Thalia - Elena Pavlea
  • The Quest - Elena Pavlea
  • Winged Victory of Samothrace - Elena Pavlea
  • The Shape of Freedom - Elena Pavlea
  • Blue-Sky Reverie: i. Ingenious Lights - Elena Pavlea
  • Blue-Sky Reverie: ii. Whispering Clouds - Elena Pavlea
  • Blue-Sky Reverie: iii. Diligent Rain - Elena Pavlea
  • Euterpe: Giver of Delight - Elena Pavlea
  • Tears of a Firebird - Elena Pavlea
  • Rainy Days - Elena Pavlea
  • Inspiration - Elena Pavlea
  • Ourania - Elena Pavlea
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Catalogue number: CR068

Composer Elena Pavlea
Orchestra Southern Sinfonia
Ensemble London Piano Trio
Conductor Simon Chalk
 Adaq Khan
Recording Location Turner Sims, Southampton
Photography Mike Cooter
Cover Design Mike Cooter
Creative Director Mike Cooter
Producer George Richford
Executive Producer
Adrian Green

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