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Medea

Eleni Karaindrou

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1.1
Argo's Voyage
Eleni Karaindrou
1:42
1.2
Ceremonial Procession
Eleni Karaindrou
3:48
1.3
On The Way To Exile
Eleni Karaindrou
4:51
1.4
The Haze Of Mania
Eleni Karaindrou
1:14
1.5
Medea's Lament I
Eleni Karaindrou
1:47
1.6
Woman Of Mourning
Eleni Karaindrou
1:20
1.7
Medea's Lament II
Eleni Karaindrou
1:46
1.8
Loss
Eleni Karaindrou
1:43
1.9
Backwards To Their Sources (Chorus I)
Eleni Karaindrou; Hellenic Choir
3:41
1.10
A Sinister Decision
Eleni Karaindrou
3:56
1.11
Love's Great Malevolence (Chorus II)
Eleni Karaindrou; Hellenic Choir
3:23
1.12
For The Sake Of A Greek's Words
Eleni Karaindrou
1:51
1.13
Do Not Kill Your Children (Chorus III)
Eleni Karaindrou; Hellenic Choir
4:31
1.14
An Unbearable Song
Eleni Karaindrou
1:21
1.15
All Hope Is Lost (Chorus IV)
Eleni Karaindrou; Hellenic Choir
3:24
1.16
The Night Of Killing
Eleni Karaindrou
2:49
1.17
Silence (Chorus V)
Eleni Karaindrou; Hellenic Choir
2:10
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    45:17
"... full of arresting and atmospheric textures, featuring unusual instruments ... she is very adept at painting a mood ... the performances are well executed and ECM’s sound is superb." - Gramophone "Ringer of the Week ... at times meditative, other times forlorn, the music takes you on to deep journeys, whether you understand the words or not. Don’t forget, Greeks INVENTED tragedy, so they’ve got it down to perfection. Drink in slowly, like a Retsina." - Jazz Weekly "This is music that speaks to something very deep inside of us, strange music that is (for lack of a better term) very strongly feminine ... perhaps because of this, music that summarizes the psyche and feelings of Medea better than any other I’ve ever heard. Certainly, I have not heard its like in my 63 years." - Fanfare Eleni Karaindrou’s collaborations with stage director Antonis Antypas have generated some of her most powerful material, typified by the pieces on Medea. Recorded at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the music vibrates with emotional intensity as the small ensemble's sound colours create an ambiance both archaic and contemporary. Textures of santouri, ney, lyra and clarinets are combined and contrasted, implying a broader orchestral scope. The lyrics are movingly sung by a 15-piece chorus and on two pieces, by Karaindrou herself.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Studio Masters

Recorded June 2011 at Studio Sierra, Athens Recording engineer: Giorgos Karyotis Edited and mixed June 2013 by Manfred Eicher and Giorgos Karyotis Cover photo: Alexandros Filippidis Liner photos: Alexandros Filippidis, Nikos Tasoulas (p. 19, 27) Design: Sascha Kleis Produced by Manfred Eicher

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