by Eftykhios Khoriatakis

Tsialis’s conducting entirely corresponded to the music’s authentic Spanish style (which can by no means be taken for granted!) consisting in the interplay of hot-bloodedness, pathos and elegance,and far removed from folkloric lightness and cheap showmanship. He coaxed a focused, soft, clear tone, a smooth gait of rare amiability, and impeccable playing with melodic, rhythmic liveliness from the utterly alert orchestra. He hit the right tempos, expressively emphasized minutiae, and ensured the fluid narration of the scenes from The Three-Cornered Hat without losing sight of detail.

Thanasis Kakios