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Eleni Karaindrou

Socratis Sinopoulos Constantinople lute & lyra
Harris Lambrakis ney
Nikos Guinos clarinet
Marie-Cecile Boulard clarinet
Alexandros Arkadopoulos clarinet
Giorgos Kaloudis violoncello
Andreas Katsigiannis santouri
Andreas Papas bendir
Eleni Karaindrou voice
Antonis Kontogeorgiou Choir director
Argo’s Voyage
Ceremonial Procession
On The Way To Exile
The Haze Of Mania
Medea’s Lament I
Woman Of Mourning
Medea’s Lament II
Backwards To Their Sources Chorus I
A Sinister Decision
Love’s Great Malevolence Chorus II
For The Sake Of A Greek’s Words
Do Not Kill Your Children Chorus III
An Unbearable Song
All Hope Is Lost Chorus IV
The Night Of Killing
Silence Chorus V

Recorded June 2011

ECM 2376

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Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou’s collaborations with stage director Antonis Antypas have generated some of her most powerful music. “Medea”, like the earlier “Trojan Women”, comes out of this association. Created to accompany performances at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the music vibrates with emotional intensity. Karaindrou gives her themes to a small ensemble, its sound-colours creating an ambiance both archaic and contemporary, as textures of santouri, ney, lyra and clarinets are combined and contrasted. Even with reduced instrumental forces the composer seems to imply an orchestral scope. Giorgos Cheimonas’ Modern Greek adaptation of Euripides provides the lyrics, movingly sung by a 15-piece chorus under the direction of Antonis Kontogeorgiou and, on two pieces, by the composer.