Eleni Karaindrou | Medea | ECM 2376

Eleni Karaindrou | Medea | ECM 2376
ECM 2376January 2014

Socratis Sinopoulos: Constantinople lute & lyra
Haris Lambrakis: ney
Nikos Guinos: clarinet
Marie-Cecile Boulard: clarinet
Giorgos Kaloudis: violoncello
Andreas Katsigiannis: santouri
Andreas Papas: bendir
Eleni Karaindrou: voice
Choir directed by Antonis Kontogeorgiou

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. Recorded 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 Eleni herself.