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Michail Travlos's fifth album is dedicated solely to his own music, a follow-up to the award-winning albums PROGRESSIONS (ICMA nomination 2018, Global Music Awards, Akademia Music Award, Clouzine International Music Award etc.), NIGHT VISIONS and TWENTY ONE CONCERT STUDIES (Akademia Music Awards - Music Award of Excellence 2021, GLOBAL MUSIC AWARD, CLOUZINE International Music Awards, 2022). Michail Travlos addresses an extremely difficult problem of composition with the collection of solo works presented in this record. Especially in the case of one solo (unaccompanied) instrument (only one work here represents a "dialogue" between two instruments: cello and piano, making things some somewhat easier,) such difficulties compound themselves to a degree, that only first rate composers can truly master. Among an impressive number of really "good" composers in Greece, I know of only very few (Xenakis, Skalkottas, Mamangakis, Logothetis, Y.A. Papaioannou, Apergis) who have successfully tackled this ascetic and demanding genre, producing works of outstanding merit. It is all too easy to easy to engage in such an excercise, saywith virtuoso works, without actually understanding the implications of the strict limitation imposed in such writing that keeps somewhat less able composers at distance from true musical achievements.