Stefano Saletti and Renato Giordano
This is music composed to accompany a modern staging of Aristophane's "The Wasps." If I might paraphrase artists from the Italian notes, the idea behind Le vespe was not to recover 'the lost music of the Greeks' but rather to search for a 'Spirito Sonoro' that was compatible with the ancient ideals. This they do extremely well on Le Vespe (the wasps), in a search for commonality and digression in the music of the Balkan peninsula, from modern and ancient Greece, Bulgaria, the Roma and beyond, fused with the art music of Europe, both old and contemporary. It is both and neither ancient and modern, and the tension and beauty this divergence creates is palpable.
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