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Eleni Karaindrou: Dust of Time / Alexandros Myrat, et al

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>Karaindrou, Eleni : Dust of Time
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Notes & Reviews:

Eleni Karaindrou's music for Theo Angelopoulos's new movie, 'Dust of Time' starring Willem Dafoe, Irene Jacob and Michel Piccoli which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Often Karaindrou's music plays a decisive role in shaping the emotional climate of the films she serves - 'Dust of Time' is the eighth Angelopoulos film to feature her music. Yet the strength of Karaindrou's compositions is such that they stand beautifully by themselves, and each of her albums reveals an unmistakable autonomy.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Maria Bildea (harp); Eleni Karaindrou (piano); Alexandros Myrat; Sergiu Nastasa (violin); Vangelis Christopoulos (oboe); Spyros Kazianis (bassoon); Spyros Kazianis, Renata Ripo, Dinos Hadjiirodanou, Antonis Lagos, Natalia Michailidou.

Recording information: Megaron, Athens.

Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou's long-term collaboration with director Theo Angelopoulos continues on the score for his film, DUST OF TIME. The setting for the music in unusual: Angelopoulos' film is about a director named "A" who gets caught up himself within the film he is making, set between the death of Stalin in 1953 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Crossing countries, continents, and lives, the film called for the score to be a mirror image of itself. Hence, Karaindrou found herself with the rare opportunity to write music that would actually be performed in the film itself, instead of being heard as cues to move the narrative along. Indeed, two of her pieces, "Dance," and "Seeking," are performed in three variations each, both with full orchestras and chamber groups courtesy of Camerata, Friends of Music Orchestra, and Hellenic Radio Television Orchestra, all conducted by Alexandros Myrat. While her many scores for his films have been celebrated for their subtlety and ingenious sense of time and nuance--as well as instrumentation, texture, and color--this one moves across musical cultures as well as across the span of years built into the script. As always, the Hellenocentric is a core part of her musical language, and creates a direct, even (quietly) visceral effect on the listener.


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>Karaindrou, Eleni : Dust of Time
  • Performers: Maria Bildea (Harp); Vangelis Christopoulos (Oboe); Dinos Hadjiiordanou (Accordion); Eleni Karaindrou (Piano); Spyros Kazianis (Bassoon); Antonios Lagos (French Horn); Sergiu Nastasa (Violin); Renato Ripo (Cello); Sergiu Schwartz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alexander Myrat
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary