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Ayre - 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)
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  1. Ayre, for voice & chamber ensemble
  2. Folk Songs, arranged for soprano & 7 instruments (or orchestra)
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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 ...