Golijov: Ayre

Golijov: Ayre

by Dawn Upshaw
     
 

You might say that composer Osvaldo Golijov was extraordinarily lucky to attract the attention of performers like the Kronos Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw, to name just two of his champions. But the attention only arrived because of Golijov's own vibrant musical voice,See more details below

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You might say that composer Osvaldo Golijov was extraordinarily lucky to attract the attention of performers like the Kronos Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw, to name just two of his champions. But the attention only arrived because of Golijov's own vibrant musical voice, eclectic in its range but always deeply personal. Written for Upshaw, his song cycle Ayre (2004) is certainly among his most effective, moving, and memorable works to date; it may be too soon to start talking about 21st-century classics, but here's an early contender. The 11 songs share a background in the historical intermingling of Christian, Arab, and Sephardic Jewish cultures in Spain, with texts drawn from all these traditions and music that blurs the sacred and the profane, alluding to klezmer and flamenco and mixing electronic sounds with traditional instruments. Upshaw has always been a versatile singer, but she achieves an expressive range here that goes far beyond anything she's done -- at times, in a keening lament or an ecstatic cry, it's hard to recognize her voice at all. A singular triumph for Upshaw and Golijov alike, Ayre also showcases a superb chamber ensemble (whimsically dubbed the Andalucian Dogs, though without any overt apology to Luis Buñuel) and marks the beginning of a well-deserved partnership between the composer and the venerable Deutsche Grammophon label. Ayre's disc-mate is an equally wonderful (and even more multilingual) work, Luciano Berio's Folksongs (1964), written for the infinitely resourceful vocalist Cathy Berberian (who also happened to be the composer's wife). This cycle inspires another great performance from Upshaw, perhaps the most compelling on record since Berberian's own, and Ayre and Folksongs together make for a combination too richly satisfying to be missed.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Andrew Farach-Colton
[Ayre is] a journey dizzyingly chaotic, emotionally potent, and unforgettably beautiful.
Time Out New York - Steve Smith
Golijov's Ayre skips lightly across every conceivable boundary.... The result suggests a genuinely utopian vision, and provides Upshaw with a stunning tour de force.
The New Yorker - Alex Ross
[Golijov's] music jumps out of the speakers in a way that classical records seldom do. Dawn Upshaw, the soprano, delivers an electrifying performance in which she assumes a half-dozen vocal guises.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947754145
catalogNumber:
000478202
Rank:
53048

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Tracks

  1. Mañanita de San Juan (Dawn, St. John's Day)
  2. Una madre comió asado (A mother roasted her child)
  3. Tancas serradas a muru (Walls are encircling the land)
  4. Luna (Moon)
  5. Nani
  6. Wa Habibi (My love)
  7. Aiini taqtiru (My eyes weep)
  8. Kun li-guitari wataran ayyuha al-maa' (Be a string, water, to my guitar
  9. Suéltate las cintas (Untie your ribbons)
  10. Yah, annah emtza'cha (O God, where shall I find you?)
  11. Ariadna en su laberinto (Ariadne in her labyrinth)
  12. Black is the color (USA)
  13. I wonder as I wander (USA)
  14. Loosin yelav (Armenia)
  15. Rossignolet du bois (France)
  16. A la femminisca (Sicily)
  17. La donna ideale (Italy)
  18. Ballo (Italy)
  19. Motettu de tristura (Sardinia)
  20. Malurous qu'o uno fenno (Auvergne, France)
  21. Lo fiolaire (Auvergne, France)
  22. Azerbaijan love song (Azerbaijan)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dawn Upshaw   Primary Artist,Soprano (Vocal)
Mark Dresser   Double Bass
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Gordon Gottlieb   Percussion
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
David Krakauer   Clarinet
Gustavo Santaolalla   Guitar,Ronroco
Bridget Kibbey   Harp
Eric Poland   Percussion
Michael Ward Bergeman   Accordion
Ljova   Viola
James Sommerville   French Horn
Todd Palmer   Clarinet
Andalucian Dogs   Ensemble,Chamber Ensemble
Tara Helen O'Connor   Flute

Technical Credits

Richard King   Engineer
Gustavo Santaolalla   Composer,Producer,Text
Chika Azuma   Art Direction
Stewart Spencer   Text Translation
Mahmoud Darwish   Text
Melchiorre Murenu   Composer,Text
Osvaldo Golijov   Text Translation
Sid McLauchlan   Executive Producer
Hamete Benengeli   Text Translation
Clarissa Burt   Text Translation
Colin Hawkins   Cover Photo
Yehuda ha-Levi   Text
Francesco Ignazio Mannu   Composer,Text
Remo Bodei   Text Translation
Ara Guzelimian   Liner Notes
Jeremy Flower   Sound Effects

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