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March 17 , 2004


As the international release date for Eleni Karaindrou’s “The Weeping Meadow” draws ever closer – it is released at the end of March in most territories, the album continues to inspire epic reviews in Eleni’s native Greece, where the disc was launched last month, along with the Angelopoulos film for which the music was originally written.

And the disc has captured the imagination of the Greek public, too, climbing the pop charts to arrive at the #2 position, an astonishing achievement for an instrumental album.

From the Greek press:

“I don’t know whether it was the nostalgic sound of the Russian accordion, or the cry of the cello that touched me. I don’t know whether it was the angelic fingerings of the harp or the whisper of the Constantinople lyra. In the end, I don’t know which magical combination, which code Eleni Karaindrou’s music is made up of, so as to open and reveal images of migration, uprooting or exile, hidden in the cell memory of each one of us. With nostalgia as a vehicle, this music travels inside us and brings us close to our deeper self. It contains the reflection and freedom of poetry … This is Karaindrou’s sixth album with ECM, always under the guidance of the genius of producer Manfred Eicher … She herself connects ‘The Weeping Meadow’ with ‘Trojan Women’, as a diptych which she names ‘The Elegy of Uprooting’. The term Elegy quite accurately becomes the common denominator and connects wordlessly these two works which rightfully take their place next to the Elegies of Elgar or Fauré.” - Difono

“A masterpiece of musical narration …Once more, Eleni Karaindrou, in a magical and dreamy, yet totally direct and down to earth way, has introduced us to the ambience of the film, building her own parallel sound creation. The ECM New Series’ album ‘The Weeping Meadow’ is something really outstanding... The music is an elegy, an Eastern type blues - from a very specific part of the East, round the Black Sea - which changes and alternates without losing its basic essence and target for a moment. The album consists of Eleni Karaindrou’s original music, a fact which gives independence to the work and a significance not limited by its function as a soundtrack. The music has such immense dynamic and such active narrative power (despite the minimalism of its sound-rhythm structure) that you can feel the film even if you haven’t yet watched it!” - Athinorama