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Xenia Ensemble / Eastern Approaches
Album:Eastern Approaches Collection:Classical
Artist:Xenia Ensemble Added:07/2002
Label:Felmay 

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Add Date:2002-08-26 Pull Date:2002-10-28 Charts:Classical/Experimental
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Album Review
Jacki-O
Reviewed 2002-08-13 
Xenia Ensemble: Eastern Approaches - Music from former Soviet Republics
Label: Felmay

Dramatic string quartet music featuring composers from former Soviet Republics. There is a distinctly Russian melodic style – a sort of cold & sad tone to a lot of the pieces here. Great classical music here. If you don’t want to play a long piece, play something from 2-4 (a 3-part suite).

1. Slow, ponderous, sparse for the first 5 minutes, then some nervous jumping string pluckings, returns to meandering flow alternating with occasional bursts. Dramatic flourishes about halfway; composition recalls Russian gloom-melodies; look for the gong tone @ 18:00 or so.
2. dark, sparse strings; some high pitched violin & an overall sadness/spookiness to it
3. dramatic flourishes & melodic cascades – quite a contrast from the first part (#2) – I couldn’t identify whether there was a vocal on this one.
4. pretty emotional string melodies – a mix of happy flourishes & nervousness with some sad/drama to it.
5. slow & melodic start – at around 5:00 into this piece are some incredible dramatic bursts of string playing – builds up, then goes back into softness. Around 13:00 there are some more dramatic flourishes. I couldn’t identify where magnetic tape was used in this piece.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz Mugan Sajahi
2.Yanov-Yanovsky, Dmitri Chang Music 3
3.Kancheli, Giya Night Prayers