Xenia Ensemble / Eastern Approaches
Album: Eastern Approaches   Collection:Classical
Artist:Xenia Ensemble   Added:Jul 2002

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2002-08-26 Pull Date: 2002-10-28 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Sep 15 Sep 8
Airplays: 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 06, 2010: Music Casserole
Chang Music 3
4. Sep 02, 2002: Come When I Whistle
Yanov-Yanovsky- Chang Music III pt 3 (track 4)
2. Sep 11, 2002: In Your Ear
Mugan Sajahi
5. Aug 30, 2002: Input/Output
Chang Music 3
3. Sep 06, 2002: Memory Select
Chang Music 3 (3rd mvmt)

Album Review
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
1. Mugam Sajahi   3. Chang Music Iii
2. Chang Music Iii   4. Chang Music Iii
  5. Night Prayers