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Genres: World Music, Pop, Soundtracks
As a movie, Theo Angelopoulous's Ulysses Gaze is, at the very least, epic in scale. For three hours, Harvey Keitel travels to and through war-torn Sarejevo seeking ancient film footage. The story labors, but its images are... more »
As a movie, Theo Angelopoulous's Ulysses Gaze is, at the very least, epic in scale. For three hours, Harvey Keitel travels to and through war-torn Sarejevo seeking ancient film footage. The story labors, but its images are beautiful, as is its soundtrack--composed by Eleni Karaindrou and led by the haunting viola solos of Kim Kashkashian. The instrumentation accentuates the flick's somber setting: viola, oboe, accordion, and trumpet sound like they're all wailing away here. On the scores best cuts, the instruments all take alternate turns--these melodic conversations (as on track nine) give the disc its character. This is really music for rainy days, but it also lacks enough dynamics to make it memorable. "Ulysses Theme" shows up nine different times here--making this less a full-bodied score and more a disc of variations. As good as it is, you can't help but wonder if a little more sonic variety would have made this movie ponder just a bit less. --Jason Verlinde
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Tintin | Winchester, MA USA | 07/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eleni Karaindrou, one of the leading contemporary Greek composers, is mostly known for her theatre and movie scores (33 plays and 16 films). In particular, since 1983, she has worked on seven films with the great, and somewhat controversial, film director, Theo Angelopoulos. The present CD is the result of her collaboration with Angelopoulos on his film, Ulysses' Gaze. This three-hour long film represents an enormous aesthetic achievement. Karaindrou's music is reinforced by the film images of stunning mystery and power, or is it the reversed? Actually, her music, full of ethereal melodies, aching with nostalgia, stands on its own. She mixes solo viola, oboe, accordion, trumpet, horn, cello, and string orchestra for a most lyrical and mystical sound. It is a wonderful recording, which I highly recommend.
Napier | hershey pa usa | 07/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Actually the sound track for the Greek movie 'Ulysses Gaze" with an eclectic mix of instruments; of viola & cello, oboe, squash box, trumpet and french horn, overlaid by Kim Kashkashian's viola. This is the very opposite of many current frenetic sound tracks; a simple slow theme with 7 variations, many featuring an individual instrument to evoke a visual image: accordion for peasant music, the pure tone of oboe, the authority of trumpet, flowing one into the other, held together by the viola, to produce, somehow, utter tranquility."
A Haunting Listening Experience
Karl W. Nehring | Ostrander, OH USA | 07/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou (b. 1942) wrote this soundtrack for a film that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. The music features a haunting theme that is echoed again and again by the viola of Kim Kashkashian, accompanied by several Greek musicians on oboe, accordion, trumpet, French horn, cello, voice, and a studio string orchestra.
My daughter recognized right away that the musical theme of Ulysses' Gaze is quite reminiscent--at least in overall emotional and musical feeling if not note for note--of the theme for Schindler's List. Whether this is a case of creative coincidence or a case of creative borrowing one way or the other is not a subject I am prepared to pursue, but I am prepared to say that this CD has provided a haunting listening experience that I have repeated many times. Time simply seems suspended in the hour that this CD spans, and the viola and oboe playing are particularly noteworthy."