Mario Frangoulis sings Omorfi Poli, a very known Greek song which means beautiful city. The song Omorfi Poli is composed by Mikis Theodorakis and is one of its trademark songs, definitely one of his most beautiful and sensitive ones.
Omorfi Poli is also a historical song in many ways. Theodorakis composed the music in 1952 on lyrics written by his brother Giannis Theodorakis. It was the first song he sung himself and even recorded it a few years later.
In 1962 he used the music and song Omorfi Poli for the play “Les amantes de Teruel”. Omorfi Poli was sung by Edith Piaf in French lyrics written by Jacques Plantes, in an amazing, heart wrenching performance. The same year, the song was sung in the homonym Greek play Omorfi poli, sung by Grigoris Bithikotsis.
Numerous Greek artists and singers performed this song; it’s hard to say which is the best performance, since each one of them added something different to the meaning of the song.
Omorfi Poli is recorded in different languages as well; Dulce Pontes, the Portuguese singer recorded it lately in her album, as a tribute to Mikis Theodorakis.