Eleni Karaindrou - Euripides’ Medea | ECM 3762816

Eleni Karaindrou - Euripides’ Medea

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Label: ECM

Cat No: 3762816

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 20th January 2014

Contents

Artists

Sokratis Sinopoulos (Constantinople lute, Constantinople lyra)
Harris Lambrakis (ney)
Nikos Guinos (clarinet)
Marie-Cecile Boulard (clarinet)
Alexandros Arkadopoulos (clarinet)
Yiorgos Kaloudis (cello)
Andreas Katsigiannis (santouri)
Eleni Karaindrou (voice)
Female Chorus

Conductors

Antonis Kontogeorgiou
Eleni Karaindrou

Works

Karaindrou, Eleni

Medea

Artists

Sokratis Sinopoulos (Constantinople lute, Constantinople lyra)
Harris Lambrakis (ney)
Nikos Guinos (clarinet)
Marie-Cecile Boulard (clarinet)
Alexandros Arkadopoulos (clarinet)
Yiorgos Kaloudis (cello)
Andreas Katsigiannis (santouri)
Eleni Karaindrou (voice)
Female Chorus

Conductors

Antonis Kontogeorgiou
Eleni Karaindrou

About

Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou’s collaborations with stage director Antonis Antypas have generated some of her most powerful music. “Medea”, like the earlier “Trojan Women”, comes out of this association. Created to accompany performances at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the music vibrates with emotional intensity. Karaindrou gives her themes to a small ensemble, its sound-colours creating an ambiance both archaic and contemporary, as textures of santouri, ney, lyra and clarinets are combined and contrasted. Even with reduced instrumental forces the composer seems to imply an orchestral scope. Giorgos Cheimonas’s Modern Greek adaptation of Euripides provides the lyrics, movingly sung by a 15-piece chorus under the direction of Antonis Kontogeorgiou and, on two pieces, by the composer.

Tracklist:
1. Argo’s Voyage
2. Ceremonial Procession
3. On the Way to Exile
4. The Haze of Mania
5. Medea’s Lament I
6. Woman of Mourning
7. Medea’s Lament II
8. Loss
9. Backwards to Their Sources
10. A Sinister Decision
11. Love’s Great Malevolence
12. For the Sake of a Greek’s Words
13. Do Not Kill Your Children
14. An Unbearable Song
15. All Hope is Lost
16. The Night of Killing
17. Silence

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