Eleni Karaindrou: Concert in Athens

Eleni Karaindrou: Concert in Athens

by Jan Garbarek

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Eleni Karaindrou: Concert in Athens

The music of Greek film and theater score composer Eleni Karaindrou draws on elements of classical music and jazz, and sometimes on traditional Greek music, but it's not easy to classify as any of these. Karaindrou relies on small ensembles, with or without a small orchestra, creating a distinctive timbre for each piece. The music is low-key, but it's a remarkably flexible language. With Karaindrou herself on piano, top-flight chamber players Kim Kashkashian on viola and Vangelis Christopoulos on oboe, and Jan Garbarek's saxophone providing subtle jazz accents, the music has a remarkable fluid quality. ECM's sound in this live recording is strikingly clear (you can hardly tell it's live, and there's no applause or audience noise), but the label's usual minimalist graphics are a bit annoying here; it would have been helpful to know exactly what scenes the pieces were intended for: although some of the material (like Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie) is well known, titles like "Laura's Waltz" are very general. Still, the music grows on you as its colors emerge on repeated hearings, and the musicians of the Camerata Orchestra under Alexandros Myrat play with both sheen and obvious enjoyment. This is apparently something of a retrospective of Karaindrou's work, and it makes you want to hear more of it.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/2013
Label: Ecm Records
UPC: 0028947649847
catalogNumber: 001800002
Rank: 105781

Tracks

  1. Death of a Salesman, incidental music: Requiem for Willy Loman, variation
  2. Adagio for Saxophone, for tenor saxophone & orchestra
  3. Number Ten, television series score: Waltz of the Rain
  4. Number Ten, television series score: Nostalgia Song
  5. After Memory, for viola, tenor saxophone & oboe
  6. The Glass Menagerie, incidental music: Laura's Waltz
  7. The Glass Menagerie, incidental music: Tom's Theme
  8. Number Ten, television series score: Tango of Love
  9. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, incidental music: Invocation
  10. Number Ten, television series score: Waiting
  11. Closed Roads, for viola & orchestra
  12. Death of a Salesman, incidental music: Requiem for Willy Loman

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