Alkinoos Ioannidis / Αλκίνοος Ιωαννίδης: Neroponti – Νεροποντή (Deutsch: Regenguss); CD-Cover; Erstveröffentlichung am 9. März 2009 bei Universal Music S.A. Greece; Cover: Antis Ioannidis; Barcode: 0 602527 014906; Description by Alkinoos Ioannidis: Neroponti was released almost six years since Alkinoos’ last album with original songs. His classical studies, at home and in Russia, as well as his constant relocation in different towns and villages in Greece, kept him away from the studio. Despite that, he continued touring and composing. “Neroponti” is his most mature work. Here, he combines symphony orchestras with Balkan brass, ska with choirs, string quartets with Middle-Eastern references, Byzantine music with folk ballads and traditional instruments with electric band. The lyrics move from political protest to humorous comments and from simple things to the basic questions of existence. The album was welcomed by some critics as the most important Greek album of the decade. Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra, some of the greatest Greek soloists, “En fonais” choir, “Plotinos Rhodokanatis” Byzantine choir and highly regarded soprano Sonia Theodoridou joined in to create Alkinoos’ most “complete” album.