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Eleni Karaindrou - Trojan Women (2001) [Re-Up]

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Eleni Karaindrou - Trojan Women (2001) [Re-Up]

Eleni Karaindrou - Trojan Women (2001)
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Contemporary Classical, Score | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1810, 472 139-2 | 00:50:00

Euripides wrote The Trojan Women in 415 B.C., but his tragic play about the aftermath of the fall of Troy continues to resonate many centuries after it was first performed. Eleni Karaindrou, best know for her film scores for Ulysses' Gaze and Eternity and a Day, composed this score for a 2001 production of The Trojan Women after being struck by the parallels between the ancient Greek story and the recent situation in the Balkans. Although she chose to use various folk instruments from around the Mediterranean, such as the lyre, an ancestor of the modern violin; the lauto, a Greek form of the lute; and the ney, an end-blown flute, her stark compositions are not folkloric recreations. Instead, she blends the ancient timbres of the instruments with a vocal chorus to create a sound that is not quite modern but not archaic either. Perhaps the best word to use in describing Karaindrou's austere, beautiful music is timeless.

Review by Michael Simmons

Eleni Karaindrou has made her reputation working with Greek instruments and musical forms for theater and move pieces, and this can only add more luster to her burgeoning reputation. Trojan Women is a series of short, impressionistic pieces, mostly instrumental, although some feature a chorus. Working on a play that's Classical, her choice of Classical instruments makes perfect sense, while her sense of form, working in such confined time strictures, is dense and demanding – while still managing the remarkable balancing act of leaving plenty of space in the sound. In other words, it's atmospheric, and fits in very well with the ECM esthetic. The question of how successful it is as a free-standing piece of music is a different question. By it's nature, there's little development and movement in the pieces, which simply stand as short sketches. But accept it for what it is, and you have something wonderful.

Review by Chris Nickson, Allmusic.com

No human heart is set so hard
that hearing the grave music of your dirge,
your keening, would not bring tears.


The distinct approach of Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou to film sound-tracking, through ECM’s rigorous documentation of her partnership with director Theo Angelopoulos, has imbued her music with a life of its own among international audiences. All the while, Karaindrou had been nurturing an equally prolific association at home with the theatre. Her Angelopoulos in that craft has been director Antonis Antypas, with whom she has collaborated on over 20 productions for the Aplo Theatro. This album documents her incidental music for a new staging of the Euripides tragedy Trojan Women, which received its premiere at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus on August 31 and September 1, 2001.

First performed in 415 B.C., the play was a vitriolic critique of the Athenians’ then-recent attack on the island of Melos, where countless violently perished and women were sold into bondage in the name of conquering Sparta (in this the Athenians did not succeed). It is perhaps no coincidence that the word melos also means song, for singing constitutes the very flesh of this album’s limestone skeleton. Karaindrou kneads into these politics the idea that less is more. With the barest use of folk instruments—such as the Constantinople lyra, ney, santouri, and bendir—she implies a battered panorama of immense emotional congruity. Producer Manfred Eicher has lent further sanctity through his arrangement and editing of the material into its present form.

A profoundly comported scenography of touching (which is to say, tangible) melodic beauty finds particular expression through the lyra’s grasshopper song. It is a mournful, unforgettable sound, dry as a reed in summer. The harp also figures notably in the music’s rolling waves, overcoming the barrenness evoked by titles like “Terra Deserta” with oceanic depth. Its vibrations are transformations of landscape itself, silenced by their own resonance.

Much of the material on Trojan Women will sound familiar to regular Karaindrou listeners. The themes, although nominally character-specific, are melodically uniform, changing their instrumental clothing from visage to visage, thereby sounding a fluidity of purpose and choice. Unusual, and perhaps a point of contrast to nevertheless persistent indications of barrenness, is the presence of choir and a soprano soloist who only occasionally poises her lips above the waterline to spout names of the deep. Of central importance in this regard are the three stasimons (choral odes), each a vertebra of both story and music, a refraction of the rest. In them voices grow bolder, reaching epiphany in “An Ode Of Tears” and “In Vain The Sacrifices,” the latter a ring to which the former’s gaping clasp holds true. These voices do more than the traditional Greek chorus. They burgeon at stage center, relegated not to the wings but to the head and body of a flightless bird. Without wings, they think themselves into freedom, casting their minds from horizon to horizon, faster than the sun. They do not create the stars but make them brighter.

As a matter of course, the pieces are generally short (only one surpasses four minutes). In their sublime chemical suspensions of tears, blood, and determination swims a pair of eyes—one directed at us, the other elsewhere. Consequently, there is a feeling of stepping out of time in order to better understand its circumscription. Vast harmonic networks slumber in the underlying empty spaces, never stirring except in the most funerary moments. Despite the mythic sheen, the music of Trojan Women finds deeper mystery in the earth’s living subjects, which in isolation reveal the mystery of creation, both divine and mortal, far more acutely: in order to attain permanence one must be open to the fallacies of agreement.

Review by Tyran Grillo, ECMreviews.com

Eleni Karaindrou - Trojan Women (2001) [Re-Up]



Performers:

Socratis Sinopoulos Constantinople, lyra, laouto
Christos Tsiamoulis ney, suling, outi
Panos Dimitrakopoulos, kanonaki
Andreas Katsiyiannis, santouri
Maria Bildea, harp
Andreas Papas bendir, daouli

Veronika Iliopoulou, soprano
Chorus of Captive Trojan Women
Antonis Kontogeorgiou, chorus director
Recorded July 2001 at Studio Polysound, Athens

Tracklist:

01. Voices (02:10)
02. Lament I (01:16)
03. Desolate Land I (01:07)
04. Lament II (01:06)
05. Hecuba's Lament (01:27)
06. Parodos, The Land I Call Home (02:18)
07. Parodos, Homes of my Forefathers (01:50)
08. Parodos, I wish I'm given there (01:36)
09. Cassandra's Theme (02:03)
10. Cassandra's Trance (02:53)
11. First Stasimon, An Ode of Tears (04:05)
12. First Stasimon, For the Phrygian Land a Vast Mourning (02:01)
13. Andromache's Theme (01:10)
14. Andromache's Lament (01:08)
15. Terra Deserta (02:18)
16. Astyanax' Theme (01:02)
17. Hecuba's Theme I (00:42)
18. Hecuba's Theme II (00:38)
19. Second Stasimon, Telamon You Came To Conquer Our Town (01:53)
20. Second Stasimon, The City That Gave Birth To You… (01:17)
21. An Ode of Tears (01:01)
22. Desolate Land II (01:08)
23. Lament III (00:42)
24. Third Stasimon, In Vain The Sacrifices (02:05)
25. Third stasimon, My Beloved Your Soul Is Wandering (03:10)
26. Hecuba's Theme (01:18)
27. Lament for Astyanax (01:53)
28. Exodos (02:25)
29. Exodos, Accursed Town (01:02)
30. Astyanax' Memory (01:01)


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DR11 -8.56 dB -27.21 dB 2:10 01-Voices
DR9 -7.84 dB -24.41 dB 1:17 02-Lament I
DR12 -6.02 dB -23.94 dB 1:07 03-Desolate Land I
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Number of tracks: 30
Official DR value: DR12

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Eleni Karaindrou - Trojan Women (2001) [Re-Up]

Eleni Karaindrou - Trojan Women (2001) [Re-Up]