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Orion - Music from Crete Import


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  • Audio CD (14 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Buda Musique
  • ASIN: B001R5N1MQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

This cd was awarded as the best album in "World music' category amongst 10.000 albums.
The British magazine "Songlines' has chosen it in the top 10 of 'World music' albums in 2009.
The great Orion, grandson of Minas, who was especially handsome and strong, walked over the waves and shot wild monsters unerringly with his bow and arrow... When they blinded him he did not give up hope but went and found the Sun, who granted him its light.
When he fell madly in love with Plioni, he pursued her for years with her seven daughters without being able to touch her. Finally, the Gods made him a star.Since then, Orion has pursued Plioni (the beautiful Pleiades) in the sky without reaching her...This lovely combination, beauty, strength, the Sun and light, the elimination of evil, the struggle and the unreachable ideal, gave the name of the mythical great star to this CD.
There is, however, another reason.The few fine friends who worked on this CD also crossed the waves to come from their distant homelands here to Crete, and they have played the musical traditions exactly, for a very long time now and each one of them is a small Orion in the global artistic sky.I offer my heartfelt thanks to all of them, and also to those fine colleagues and friends of Crete, my heartfelt thanks.
Happy Listening Stelios Petrakis
TITLES:
1 VORIA MONOPATIA 2 OPIOS TI NIHTA PORPATI 3 SYRTA a) PARE ME NYHTA b) SYRTOS NIKEAS 4 ORION 5 NANOURISMA 6 KENOURGIA AGAPI (ZONARADIKOS)
THE MUSICIANS:
Giorgos Makris: Gaida Giorgos Kaloudis: Cello Panagiotis Katsikiotis: Percussion Michalis Kalkanis: Bass Bijan Chemirani : Zarb, daff, bendir, udu, gatam, daire, cajon Haris Labrakis : Ney Henri Tournier : Octobass Efren Lopez : Viellaroue, Kopuz, divan, bulgari Georgi Petrov : Gadulka Kevin Seddiki : Quitar Kostas Meretakis : Percussion Stelios Petrakis : Lyra, lute, politiko laouto, bulgari, kopuz, divan, cura, baglama

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. G. Simpson on 24 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD has proved to be an unexpected hit at our house. The music is wild and compelling, with great playing by all concerned, and the unusual mix of instruments and cretan style - the Iranian Daf and tombak drums, and virtuosic hurdy gurdy playing, along with surprisingly enjoyable greek singing at times, make this feel free and passionate.
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By G. McGuire on 30 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is an outstanding album of interpretative Cretan music by a brilliant band. I have seen Stelios Petrakis and his band twice in live performances. Stelios is closely associated with the teachings of Ross Daly. Orion will leave you wanting more....
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By Mr I Clabburn on 15 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just love this CD - the first track in particular is a corker - full of emotion. The playing is so beautiful, that a violinist friend immediately ordered herself a Lyra!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Polishing the Diamond 28 July 2009
By Seth Premo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first became aware of Mr. Petrakis through his work with Ross Daly, and purchased this on a whim.
Glad I did. The audio cut for the samples in no way does the full tracks justice.

I read the phrase "Polishing the Diamond" in an interview with Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks jazz drummer). That is the best depiction of what Stelios has done with this album; all his work with multi-cultural multi-instrumentalists has been applied to this fruit (Orion) to perfection.

I tend to find much of Greek & Cretan music to be riotously festive; whirling chains of melodies to a very solid, interesting beat. Two great additions on this disc is common use of bagpipes, and the use of flamenco guitar. To include all the instruments used would be insane. Generally, the album includes rhythm, string, and wind instruments from Greece, Crete, Turkey, Spain, India, northern Africa, Iran, eastern Europe, and the western classical tradition.

What's striking about this album (that doesn't happen as much in the cultural music) is it's blended, symphonic sound. World artists, in collaboration, seem to like to add their musical "two cents" at all times; leading to everyone jamming out very well, but negating a project's possible breadth. In doing so, the players are very good at creating tracks with a single essence or feeling. This album has a much more premeditatively-symphonic sound; as if many different musical roads & ideas were traveled and ruminated upon before deciding the application within the tune. Any given track will have parts when 'these' instruments play, but 'those' don't, for example, and vice versa. Additionally, each instrumentalist's skills are highlighted, but never dominating for extended periods of time.

Walking through the first four tracks, it's a fantastic Cretan-style album. But, tracks 5 and 6 are the exception that take it to another level. The former starting out with a most wonderful flamenco-style intro, into beautifully-sung verses, upheld by subtle guitar and slow-rolling bendir (frame drum) beat. The lyrical nature of the melody is accentuated during the chorus harmonies of lyra, cello, and flute. Track 6 has guitar pioneering the way in the beginning as well, breaking into high-speed Balkan-esque folk nature in no time. Despite the 8 1/2 minute length of the track, it never feels repetitive, continuously moving through a series of different melody variations and choice instruments.

Everything I love about the Mediterranean sound, coupled with other elements: flamenco, carnatic (south Indian), Persian, and Balkan. All elements are applied with first-rate production quality, and in complete service of the music as a whole. Maybe the only concerning thing for Stelios Petrakis is that, after making an album of this magnitude, where does one go from here?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dances of Joy and Melancholy 16 Aug. 2014
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music of Crete has taken a more global approach thanks to Irish émigré Ross Daly and native son Stelios Petrakis. Influenced by mainland Greece and Turkey and also the nearby Balkans, the traditional music of Crete already has its own distinct fusion. Orion is the third album of Petrakis [of presently four] and he is joined yet again with Iranian percussionist player Bijan Chemirani (zarb, daff, bendir udu, and gatam). Ever since his first release, Akri Tou Dounia, Petrakis has demonstrated his gift for arrangements, composition, and gathering musicians to produce excellent albums. On these particular recordings, we hear other musicians playing a wide variety of instruments: ney flute, cello, guitar, bass, gaida Balkan bagpipe, davul Turkish bass drum, viellaroue hurdy-gurdy, kopouz oud, bulgari lute, gadulka Bulgarian lyra-fiddle, and Persian-Azeri tar lute. Petrakis himself plays the Crete lyra fiddle, European lute, and Turkish saz lute. Several couple songs are voiced by Maria Simoglou and Vassilis Stavrakakis. While rooted in the dance tunes of Crete, the tracks are more worldly in approach, and the interplay of instruments and their sounds take us down unexpected corridors. Here are beautiful melancholic lyricism, strong rhythms, sweetness and joy. Orion is a musical constellation.
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