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Trojan Women marks a watershed for Greek theatrical composer/musicologist/ECM veteran Eleni Karaindrou. While all her compositions speak with a plangent, timeless Mediterranean voice, Karaindrou's sco

Trojan Women marks a watershed for Greek theatrical composer/musicologist/ECM veteran Eleni Karaindrou. While all her compositions speak with a plangent, timeless Mediterranean voice, Karaindrou's score for the Antonis Antypas adaptation of Euripedes' anti-war tragedy Trojan Women is her first to employ the age-old ethnic instruments of Greece. The archaic ney (flute), the outi and laouto (lutes), the santouri (zither), and Constantinople lyra (fiddle precursor) imbue the windswept music with a sense of immutable pain and loss; the female chorus magnifies the atmosphere. Those who fell under the spell of Karaindrou's ECM soundtrack for the Angelopoulos film Eternity and a Day will find this new disc an altogether more intense experience. The score should definitely be brought to the attention of traditional world music fans; yet ECM jazz and classical connoisseurs will be enthralled by the usual first-class production and packaging (including haunting photos of the Trojan Women production).—BB