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Eleni Karaindrou
Trojan Women

Socratis Sinopoulos Constantinople lyra, laouto
Christos Tsiamoulis ney, suling, outi
Panos Dimitrakopoulos kanonaki
Andreas Katsiyiannis santouri
Maria Bildea harp
Andreas Papas bendir, daouli
Veronika Iliopoulou soprano
Eleni Karaindrou
Antonis Kontogeorgiou chorus director
 
Voices
Lament I
Desolate Land I
Lament II
Hecuba’s Lament
Parodos The Land I Call Home
Parodos Home Of My Forefathers
Parodos
I Wish I’m Given There
Cassandra’s Theme
Cassandra’s Trance
First Stasimon. An Ode Of Tears
First Stasimon. For The Phrygian Land A Vast Mourning
Andromache’s Theme
Andromache’s Lament
Terra Deserta
Astyanax’ Theme
Hecuba’s Theme I
Hecuba’s Theme II
Second Stasimon. Telamon, You Came To Conquer Our Town
Second Stasimon. The City That
Gave Birth To You Was Consumed By Fire
An Ode Of Tears
Desolate Land II
Lament III
Third Stasimon. In Vain The Sacrifices
Third Stasimon. My Beloved, Your Soul Is Wandering
Hecuba’s Theme
Lament For Astyanax Oh Bitter Lament, My Bitter Boy
Exodos
Exodos Accursed Town
Astyanax’ Memory

Recorded July 2001
ECM New Series 1810
 
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After highly-successful albums based upon her music for the cinema ­ “Music for Films”, “The Suspended Step of the Stork”, “Ulysses’ Gaze”, “Eternity and a Day” ­ Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou presents work written for the theatre, for a new staging of “Trojan Women”. The large concerns of Euripides’ tragedy have encouraged Karaindrou to employ a broader musical canvas: resources here include a choir, directed by Antonis Kontogeorgiou, and a wide array of folk instruments, to build mythic soundscapes of powerful motional resonance.
    ”Trojan Women”, directed by Antonis Antypas and with music by Eleni Karaindrou, was premiered at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus on August 31 and September 1, 2001, where fifteen thousand people cheered the performances. The project was then taken on the road in and around Greece, with fifteen further performances, concluding with a presentation in Cyprus. Both press and public reactions were extremely positive. Amongst the Greek daily newspapers Kathimireni hailed the music as “an artistic and spiritual asset”, while Apogevmatini observed that “the spectators were enchanted by Eleni Karaindrou’s magnificent music. A very important work.”