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Melpomen - Ancient Greek Music (Conrad Steinmann) (2005)

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Melpomen - Ancient Greek Music  (Conrad Steinmann) (2005)

Melpomen - Ancient Greek Music (Conrad Steinmann) (2005)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 300 MB
Label: Harmonia mundi | Catalog N.: HMC905263 | TT: 55:58

The Western tendency to place melody at the center of musical experience has meant that the music of ancient Greece, which survives only in a few disjointed fragments of an imperfectly understood notation, has been written off for lost. But of course it's not lost. Greek instruments have come down to museum collections here and there, and many of the missing pieces related to their construction can be filled in by examining the numerous representations of instruments in Greek art. It is known on what occasions the Greeks sang; the works on this album form an imagined entertainment at a symposium, essentially a party with entertainment. It is known that their attitude toward music involved what Bruno Nettl has called the "athletic ideal" – Greek music was virtuosic, and might have been structured in such a way as to allow players to compete with one another. It is known what the Greeks sang about; love and wine were common themes in song texts as well as in art. And finally there are theoretical texts, giving basic information about melody, scales, and especially rhythm. The task this disc sets itself is to synthesize all this information and come up with a best estimate of what the music may have sounded like.
Specialists will no doubt weigh in on Melpomen, but for the average listener the results are impressive. The instruments constructed by ensemble leader Conrad Steinmann sound sometimes familiar (the aulos, a long tube with two mouthpieces and two reeds, is not so far from the Middle Eastern reed instruments that were the ancestors of the modern orchestral winds) and sometimes like nothing you've ever heard before (check out the rhombus, a sort of wind machine, on the very first track). Soprano Arianna Savall, the only vocalist except for a few responsorial passages, is gorgeous. And the album passes the test generalists will apply: it feels like it belongs in the ancient Greek culture one experiences in plays and prose essays. The Greek worldview revolved around a system of divinities that recognized the power inherent in natural forces. There's a lot of percussion on this disc, and all the selections have the rough intensity one would expect from worshippers of the fox-skin-wearing god Dionysus. This is by nature a speculative piece of music-making, but it is less speculative than some others from many centuries later.

Cast:
Ensemble Melpomen
Conrad Steinmann, aulos & direction
Arianna Savall, soprano & barbitos
Luiz Alves da Silva, altus & kymbala
Massimo Cialfi, tympanon, krotala & salpinx

Tracklist:
01. Akoúsate / Argos
02. Mélomai
03. Sáppho
04. Eros
05. Máter
06. Nomos M
07. Tenge pleúmonas oino
08. Dithyrambos
09. Gaia
10. Dáktylos améra
11. Makrótatos
12. Anakreon
13. Perikleitos
14. Agallís
15. Dialogos
16. Mona
17. Prótos
18. Ekleipsis
19. Próteron
20. Hypne anax
21. Kretikos


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