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Chants, Hymns and Dances

Anja Lechner cello
Vassilis Tsabropoulos piano
 
George I. Gurdjieff
Chant from a Holy Book
Bayaty
Prayer
Duduki
Interlude I
Vassilis Tsabropoulos
Trois Morceaux après des hymnes byzantins
Dance
Chant
George I. Gurdjieff
Interlude II
Assyrian Women Mourners
Armenian Song
(No. 11)
Woman’s Prayer
Chant from a Holy Book, var. 1


Recorded December 2003
ECM New Series 1888
 
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A fascinating new project by German cellist Anja Lechner and Greek pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos, “Chants, Hymns and Dances”, could be subtitled “Music from the Crossroads of the World”. It is a project that blurs the dividing lines between East and West, between composition and arrangement and improvisation, and between contemporary and traditional music. At the centre of the repertoire are compositions by Tsabropoulos, which take as their inspirational starting point ancient Byzantine hymns, and music by the Armenian-born philosopher-composer Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (c.1877-1949) which draws upon melodies and rhythms, both sacred and secular, of the Caucasus, the Middle East and Central Asia.

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