Artist: Eleni Karaindrou
Album: Dust of Time

Released: 30 June 2009
Label: ECM Records

Dust of Time Eleni Karaindrou
Unaccompanied notes seem lonelier, as if they are searching for a companion. Much of the music on Dust of Time (46'02") by Eleni Karaindrou possesses this quality. It is unimaginably beautiful, full of lamenting string-borne melodies that slow the heart before breaking it. The musical counterpoint to a motion picture, Dust of Time has a separate life away from the imagery it was designed to accompany. Scoring for a conventional chamber orchestra, Karaindrou incorporates concepts from Classical, Minimalism and Ambient Music to realize works of a pronounced inward quality. The music ranges from an elegant waltz and lush string movement to slow-moving solos and duets whose recurring themes are played through a most somber melodic contour. Although this CD soundtrack is an essential element to the film of the same name, Karaindrou's music conjures up scenes not related to any real place at all. Its withdrawn beauty and cold memories maintain a direct connection to the emotions of the listener - and transition best into silence.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END   30 July 2009

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