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Eleni Karaindrou: Trojan Women

Eleni Karaindrou Audio CD
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An exceptional live recording, Concert In Athens, the tenth ECM release by Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou, incorporates moving performances by guests Kim Kashkashian and Jan Garbarek. The US violist and the Norwegian saxophonist have each made important contributions to Karaindrou’s music in the past, Garbarek with his playing in the score for The Beekeeper (see Music for Films) and ... Read more in Amazon's Eleni Karaindrou Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B000062X72
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Voices
2. Lament I
3. Desolate Land I
4. Lament II
5. Hecuba's Lament
6. Parodos - The Land I Call Home
7. Parodos - Homes Of My Forefathers
8. Parodos - I Wish I'm Given There
9. Cassandra's Theme
10. Cassandra's Trance
11. First Stasimon - An Ode Of Tears
12. First Stasimon - For The Phrygian Land A Vast Mourning
13. Andromache's Theme
14. Andromache's Lament
15. Terra Deserta
16. Astyanax' Theme
17. Hecuba's Theme I
18. Hecuba's Theme II
19. Second Stasimon - Telamon, You Came To Conquer Our Town
20. Second Stasimon - The City That Gave Birth To You Was Consumed By Fire
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sexy Greek Music" 9 Sep 2002
By A. Siaravas VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Eleni Karaindrou’s Trojan Women is an excellent achievement for this Greek-born classical composer. Modeled after Euripides’ timeless anti-war play, Trojan Women is anything but a light-hearted record. Throughout this dramatic disc, Karaindrou uses a variety of Mediterranean instruments to portray the tale of suffering brought on by war. The lyre (which sounds like a violin) is often used to convey the tearful main theme, while the lauto (lute) and ney (flute) provide the other melodies and complement the vocal chorus.
The slow and sorrowful “Lament I” represents the darkness of Euripides’ tragedy very vividly, and the ghostly choir in “First Stasimon - An Ode Of Tears” is entrancing. On “Andromache's Theme” the sound is expansive yet eerie, as if you are standing alone in a mist shrouded field, while “Hecuba's Theme II” is a dramatic yet subtle choir piece. The closing track, “Astyanax' Memory” ends the album by returning to the main sorrowful theme heard throughout the record. Overall, Eleni Karaindrou’s Trojan Women is a striking statement that sounds every bit as timeless as the play it is meant to accompany.
Summary: A sparse and sorrowful musical companion to the play by Euripides....SO GOOD!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An atypical and moving Karaindrou 11 Jun 2002
By Itir Erhart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are a collector of Karaindrou's music like myself you will be surprised when you hear this album for the first time,
the Byzantian tunes will sound unfamiliar. Gradually you will recognise her moving notes in those very tunes.
I strongly recomend this album to everyone who enjoys Karaindrou's music. It is quite different than her past work yet very much like her.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most beautiful music 5 Mar 2003
By C. Steffen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most beautiful CD's I have heard. The different instruments used and the female chorus is perfect for this. I do not agree that it is monotonous. Grief in all its forms is, ultimately, exhausting. The music is a gorgeous rendition of loss, sorrow and grief.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and barren 30 Nov 2002
By courvidae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are a few different ways to approach Eleni Karaindrou's Trojan Women. One is from a historical context; if you've read the Iliad (story of the war between the beleaguered Achaeans and the besieged Trojans), then this music is the perfect accompaniment to the desolation and destruction at the conclusion of the story. All humanity can relate to the heartwrenching laments and themes throughout the cd.
But if it's so perfect, why a low rating? From a purely musical view, the cd lacks in variety, the same few melodies and rhythms echoing through the sparse choral pieces. Even when the simply breathtaking female chorus breaks in, it can get monotonous. The cuts are very short, but even then they can seem long to the ear. One has to pay close attention to the music in order to appreciate it, which is not a bad thing at all.
all in all, historical context helps the listener appreciate the music immensely. even with the lyrics printed in the booklet, one wouldn't know who the characters referred to are, or what their part in the epic was. It's worth a full listen or two before you decide to invest in it, but keep an open mind and you'll find a treasure contained. Just don't be afraid to cry.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Core Quality 21 April 2003
By Steven - Published on Amazon.com
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This is 'transport' music that can take you to your core and let you stand in quiet awe. Magnificent and soul wrenching at the same time the lament and pain is felt at the deepest levels.
5.0 out of 5 stars Complicated harmonies, spectacular sound 2 Jun 2013
By Inclusivity - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard this performed on the DVD, Elergy of the Uprooting, but it didn't do this music justice. The women's choir is utterly memorable. there are two very brief instrumental tracks that sound chaotic (no doubt, deliberately), but apart from these, the CD is really something.
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