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Musique de la Grece Antique (Ancient Greek Music) Import, Original recording reissued


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  • Performer: Atrium Musicae de Madrid
  • Conductor: Gregorio Paniagua
  • Composer: Greek Anonymous
  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B00004TVG7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Anakrousis
2. Orestas Stasimo
3. Premier Hymne Delphique A Apollon
4. Plainte De Tecmessa
5. Papyrus Wien 29825/G 13763/1494
6. Hymne Au Soleil
7. Hymne A La Muse
8. Hymne A Nemesis
9. Papyrus Michigan
10. Aenaoi Nefalai
11. Epitaphe De Seikilos
12. Pean. Papyrus Berlin 6870
13. Kolon Exasimon/Allos Exasimon/Tetrasimos/Allos Exasimos/Dodekasimos/Allos Dodekasimos...
14. Premiere Ode Pythique
15. Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 2436
16. Hymne Chretienne D'Oxyrhynchus
17. Homero Hymnus
18. Papyrus Zenon. Cairo Fragment
19. Terencio. Hecyra 861
20. Poem. Mor 1, 11f. Migne 37, 523
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It has a professional feel to the music.
"jwshafer"
The sound is simple but unique...I'm sure most of the instruments played here are ones I've never heard elsewhere.
Alejandra Vernon
I enthusiastically recommend this CD - good, reasonably-priced pre-Medieval music is tough for me to find.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the oddest CDs in my collection. It's full of strange and rare beauty, very powerful, very dramatic.
The sound is simple but unique...I'm sure most of the instruments played here are ones I've never heard elsewhere. I love the vocals. They make my mind wander back many centuries, and fancy myself watching a great Greek play in its original production !
There are so many incredible pieces...the first track, starting with it's "sonorous explosion", and continuing with a melodic chorus...# 4, "Plainte de Tecmessa" is short but exquisite and moving, with a flute alternating with the singer. Each of these 22 tracks are fascinating, and have an almost sacred quality to them. Total running time is 52:39.
What Gregorio Paniagua and his ensemble have done here is remarkable. Recreating out of the scraps of what has been found on papyri, etc., and aided by inspiration and imagination, this long forgotten music, and the instruments it was played on. If you like exploring the musical culture of other eras, and other nations, this is a treat.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By John Wheeler on March 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I used to own the original LP of this revelatory recording. It had some of the best and most extensive liner notes I have ever seen, regarding the music on the recording, the way the performers decided to arrange and treat it, and the great variety of instruments that the ancient Greeks used. The liner notes of this CD are missing nearly all of this material. Thus, the listener is unable to follow all the nuances of how and why the performers "breathed new life" into this ancient and often fragmentary material. Sometimes they used silence, sometimes notes, sometimes dissonances to fill in the lacunae; and without the original liner notes, one finds it hard to follow where history ends and creativity begins.
Nevertheless, the rendition of this music is not as speculative as Paul Yost would have one believe. The notations used in the source material have their difficulties (one of which is that theory and practice didn't always coincide in the use of the notations); but there is no serious disagreement as to how the melodies should read, and the performers take care to draw on authoritative renditions. The reconstructed period instruments are well-made and have fascinating tone colors; and they are very similar to those heard on "Music of the Ancient Greeks" by Pandourion Records (which I recommend for a different treatment of the melodies). Of course one may always arrange these melodies in various ways, but the Greeks surely did no less (being attuned as they were to perfecting the *melos* or combination of words and melodies).
Finally, the Greeks were by no means the first to create a coherent musical art in the West. (Why do people always claim this?) The Hebrews beat them by many centuries, and the Egyptians and Mesopotamians before that.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on April 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The first remark concerns the instruments of this music, instruments that have been reconstituted on the model of the ancient ones. We will consider them as germanely faithful, and they create sounds, a sound environment or ambience that is particularly original. The second remark is that this music is based on the pythagorian five-note scale that corresponds to the first five degrees of our modern major scale. Then a second group of these five degrees and intervals are added to the first five in a second identical group constituting a ten-note scale that will be the basis of all western music up to the Renaissance, and thus the basis of all Christian sacred music of the Middle Ages, a music known as gregorian. So, in this surprising sound ambience we also recognize some elements we have already heard and enjoyed in our heritage. Just take track # 3, ? Premier hymne delphique ? Apollon ?. Some of the chords are so close to gregorian music, and yet the instruments are so different, that we may think we are at the crossroads between some extraterrestrial music and gregorian chanting. In fact we are here at the very source of gregorian music that was to borrow everything from ancient Greek music. And then put this track # 3 in parallel with track # 16, ? Hymne chr?tienne (sic) d'Oxyrhynchus ? and you will hear the direct filiation. Track # 8 will provide you with the model of the traditional musics we find in the mountainous areas of the Mediterranean, Sicilia, Sardinia, Corsicca and Provence, among others, the music of shepherds and fishermen when coming back to land, a music that will become religious and christian later on and that still exists, mainly in the form of a polyphony.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "jwshafer" on September 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I loved this cd. It has a professional feel to the music. It evokes images from the period that are distinct, useful, and complimentary to examination of the time. There seems to have been a real effort at authentication of the sounds of the era without over stepping the claims of its ultimate veracity. I was delighted and surprised at its very existence.
My only complaint would be that I was left wanting more. Knowledge of the exact origins and history of each piece would be useful.
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