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Calliope Tsoupaki (b.1963): Triptychon for Strings / Arjan Woudenberg, DoelenKwartet Rotterdam

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In recent years Calliope Tsoupaki place with their spiritual and the audience experienced a strong ritual music increasingly loyal audience. The roots of their inspiration are in the cradle of our civilization - she grew up in Greece. The strength of their work lies in the intimacy and intensity, the long suspense, and the connections that they do lay. Appealing images and sensations drive them and make their compositions to sounding Metaforen of life. At first glance, we live in the age of snack Content Full breathless presenters and rapidly changing content. Pausenlos we wipe quickly over the touch screen of our digital devices that inundate us on their screens with a plethora of colors, images, movies and music. Even before the event, we check more quickly our message. Nevertheless, we remain people of flesh and blood with unfulfilled desires and hopes, full of hope, friends and sorrow and with our faith in a vision of life or religion. As a counterbalance to the lightning quick, untraceable urbanization and industrialization, around them changed the lives, sought and found artists and writers of the 19th century comfort in the mysticism of the middle ages dreamed. Today, since the 1970s, we see in the extraordinarily successful music by composers such as Arvo Pärt a new recourse to the same Middle Ages. Meaningful new music often sheds new light on the past. Calliope Tsoupaki also feels at home in the Middle Ages. The music of this period is not only listed, but is also the subject of extensive research on ethnic music genres and the sound of music in their time. In their opera productions for the Holland Festival succeeded Calliope Tsoupaki to reconcile two seemingly disparate styles of music making with each other, could be summarily call the "learned" Western art music and improvised folk music. It was a great success: the opposite poles inspire each other. Just listen to how it is able to free the in music history so weighty genre String of pretentiousness and fear of failure, by returning the music for this wonderful combination of perfect craftsmanship way to the very core.


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