Andalucian Dogs, Andalucian Dogs (chamber ensemble), Bridget Kibbey (harp), David Krakauer (clarinet), Dawn Upshaw (soprano), Eric Poland (percussion), Erik Friedlander (cello), Gordon Gottlieb (percussion), Gustavo Santaolalla (ronroco)
composed by Luciano Berio, Osvaldo Golijov
The Argentine-Israeli-Russian composer Osvaldo Golijov outdoes himself with Ayre, a collection of...well, of what, exactly? Arrangements of ... Show synopsis The Argentine-Israeli-Russian composer Osvaldo Golijov outdoes himself with Ayre, a collection of...well, of what, exactly? Arrangements of Mediterranean folk songs? They're more than that; the Sephardic, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic songs included here are thoroughly reworked and even made to overlap. Some are traditional, some are contemporary. And the instrumentation is varied; it includes -- and this is going to be the tough part for traditional concert audiences -- a laptop computer churning out dance electronics on the fast festive pieces and ambient sounds on the slower ones. The piece is loosely centered on Spain and its multicultural history. Oddly enough, among Golijov's works, this one has the most in common with the Kronos Quartet's Nuevo album of Mexican music, for which Golijov was credited merely as an arranger. Golijov himself would revel in the contradiction; one thing he's trying to do is question the role of the composer and his or her relationship to the wider musical world. Ayre is...