Notes and Editorial Reviews
What a strange--and brave, and utterly intriguing--recording this is. It's just as weird and otherworldly-sounding as I remember from my first encounter with it about nine or 10 years ago. Gregorio Paniagua's interpretations hover at the edge of performance art, from the "sonorous explosion" of the Anakrousis that opens the album through the percussive slams of the Second Delphic Hymn to Apollo. As Paniagua writes in the introduction: "We do not claim, with this record, to be making a mere compilation of what has been preserved of Greek music...It is more in the nature of the personal expression of a profoundly sad feeling in the face of an irremediable loss." Paniagua's sense of loss renders these as much dramatic theatrical statements as they are experiments in musicmaking. Utilizing a small chorus of six and a battery of instruments, he creates a fascinating landscape of sound, with thunderous breaks of fragmented melody and shards of recited and sung poetry breaking up periods of silence.
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com
A unique musical document! Whereas proofs of the greatness of Ancient Greek architecture and literature still exist in abundance, no more than a few scraps of their music have miraculously survived. They have been gathered together here for the first time in a partly 'archaeological', partly imaginary panorama of this music that was, after all, an integral part of daily life in Ancient Greece.