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This review is from: Eleni Karaindrou: Trojan Women (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!!!!!!