Monday, April 23, 2012

Calliope Tsoupaki - 'Medea'

I've been listening to this one for a week now continuously and I still discover things that I didn't hear before. 'MEDEA' is an excellent composition by Dutch-Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki and very beautiful in an unusual way. I am one of these people who is convinced that 'classical' radio should be much more audacious and daring. Slip some new music ensembles between the usual Currans, Luciers and Scelsis. Nobody will notice. Or, maybe yes, they will surely notice... Take Dutch ensemble MAE Ensemble who boldly dare to go where no musician has gone before. The stark intensity and dramatic musical evolution of 'MEDEA' threads a fine line again between tradition and experiment. The first ten minutes are very alluring: it's all about prepared piano, violons gliding off tonescales and bell-like sounds. The 8 instruments of the ensemble are very surprisingly a combination of violin, recorder, e.guitar, piano, percussion, clarinet, trombone and contrabass. The cd is lavishly designed with images by Isabelle Vigier. Very nice album!

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