Wednesday, September 5, 2007
SOPHISTICATED "LOW ART" OPERA MASTERPIECE
Coppola said it better:
"There are two sides of Osvaldo Golijov that attracted me: consummate musicianship and classical training, and as well a sense of modern life, clashing cultures and the integration of past and present into a generous musical canvas. As it turned out there was a third side – a kind and interesting human being and a wonderful friend."
Francis Ford Coppola
After his Grammy-nominated debut album Ayre, here is the second world-premiere recording of Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov: Ainadamar.
Golijov is today’s hottest composer – young, innovative, creatively versatile, and rooted in different cultures and styles. “Like his fellow Argentinean Astor Piazzolla, Mr. Golijov does not harness popular music; he liberates it. The energy is freed from a simple dance band function and allowed to wander into modulating keys and new meters. This is ‘low art’ arranged in sophisticated sentences.
The one-act opera Ainadamar was composed in 2003 and revised in 2005. The plot centres on Federico García Lorca and his tragic death; the Spanish author was executed by Fascist soldiers early in the Spanish Civil War in a place the Moors called Ainadamar, or “Fountain of Tears”. As in the song cycle Ayre, the female title role is interpreted by Golijov’s muse, Dawn Upshaw.
Ainadamar was recorded in Atlanta with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano after a number of performances in the US. The respected critic Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote, “the music is sensationally beautiful throughout!