: Andonios Dalgas

31-05-2006, 23:42
These days I got the wonderful 1997 Rounder CD "Great Voices of Constantinople 1927-1933" featuring the two singers Andónios Dalgás and Hafiz Burhan (s. also the Turkish section). Here I want to feature two fine songs by Dalgás, accompanied by Lámbros Leondarídhis (lyra) and Agápios Tomboúlis (oud).

The booklet gives some biographical notes:
"Andónios Dhiamandídhis, or "Dalgás," was born in Arnoutkoi on the Bosphorus in 1892. The son of a prosperous tailor, he became interested in music at an early age and learned to play the oud. By his late teens he was already well-known, and at this time is said to have acquired his nickname "Dalgás" - in Turkish, wave or undulation - because of his astounding vocal variations.
After moving to Greece in ca. 1922, he became the mainstay of HMV's Greek catalogue and cut over 400 sides for them between 1926 and 1933, as well as hundreds more for other companies. The aman was his forte, but he was as at home in the light opera and Demotic idioms as in the Rembetic.
After 1933, Dalgás turned his back on Rembtica and concentrated on singing in a more Western style for a high society clientele. Overcome by melancholy when Axis forces occupied Athens in 1941, he virtually retired from music and died in 1945, shortly after their withdrawal."

31-05-2006, 23:45
Too late I saw that Najib had already uploaded one of the Dalgas songs here:
Still here is a higher bitrate.

12-11-2006, 04:18
Here's one more beautiful song by Dalgas.

"Andonios Dalgas Dhiamandidhis: Dalgas (Constantinople 1892Athens 1945), who took his nickname from the undulations in his voice (dalgas is Turkish for wave), ranked as one of the greatest Greek singers of his time. Steeped in the multifaceted Constantinopolitan musical tradition from an early age, he came to Greece in 1922, and soon became celebrated for his live recitals in a variety of genres besides rebtika. His recording career was brief (19261934) but prolific, and subsequently he performed in a high-society taverna until the 1941 German invasion sent him into retirement and a terminal depression."

15-11-2006, 15:32
Thanks a lot Paul. It is a good reminder of Dalgas. This song from the Rebtica CD sounds different in style than the Constantinople CD of the first 2 posts. It is interesting to see the change of style as Dalgas moved with the unfortunate exchange of population. thanks again. Best, Hakem.

16-11-2006, 01:14
Another Dalgas song I found today (from the 1992 Rounder CD "Rembetica - Historic Urban Folk Songs from Greece"):

18-06-2008, 17:59

I think you will really enjoy this recording. I first found it when I was looking for material, and was hoping that somewhere I would find a Greek song in the somewhat rare makam Bestenigar. And, no surprise, it was the master Dalgas who saved me with this unbelievably beautiful and heavy song.

It's interesting that he has a few songs he wrote and sang about being in love with a Turkish girl. I wonder what the story is there...

I hope you like "Aponi Tourkala" - it is makam bestenigar even though it has been tempered for the guitar...from the album "Sunthetes tou Rempetikou" (Composers of Rebetiko).

Take care,