Golijov: Ayre

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947754145
  • Catalog Number: 000478202
  • Sales rank: 71,900

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
Ljova Viola
James Sommerville French Horn
Todd Palmer Clarinet
Andalucian Dogs Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble
Tara Helen O'Connor Flute
Michael Ward-Bergeman Accordion
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Creative Magic Courtesy Golijov, Berio, Upshaw and Andalucian Dogs!

    In what must be the most intriguing and creative recording yet this year, AYRE, a work for soprano and instrumentalists by Osvaldo Golijov, is a winner. Dawn Upshaw and a fascinating instrumental group called the Andalucian Dogs perform this amalgam of musical ideas of Christian, Arab, and Sephardic Jewish cultures in Spain with traditional instruments, tribal, Klezmer, flamenco, and unclassifiable types of compositions by the ever creative Golijov. The work is peppery, moody, lusty and a total joy to hear. Translations of some of the titles of the individual songs include 'A mother roasted her child', 'Until you return', 'My eyes weep', 'Be a string, water, to my guitar', 'Ariadne in her labyrinth' and the breathtaking 'Oh where shall I find you' in which Upshaw offers otherworldly primal chanting, speaking, and singing. Golijov writes vividly for the harp, percussion, strings and wind instruments, weaving the voice as not only a communicator of the poetry but as an integral part of the instrumental sound. This is an extraordinary composition and one that Dawn Upshaw (this time with the eighth blackbird ensemble) will tour the country. If you are near a performance, don't miss it. Meanwhile the recording is so superb that it seems bound for Grammy awards. Rounding out this CD are the Folksongs by Luciano Berio as sung by the incredibly gifted Dawn Upshaw. The songs (ten in number) are from the US, France, Italy, Sardinia, Auvergne - France, Sicily, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. And yes, Upshaw sings each in native tongue! The settings are minimally orchestrated for maximum effect and the performances are gently magnificent. This is a CD that deserves the attention of all types of music lovers. And it serves even more notice of the genius that is Osvaldo Golijov. Highly Recommended! Grady Harp

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