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Golijov: Azul / Yo-Yo Ma, Jacobsen, The Knights


Release Date: 03/31/2017 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 559989  
Composer:  Colin JacobsenAntonín DvorákOsvaldo GolijovKarlheinz Stockhausen,   ... 
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaJamey HaddadMichael Ward-BergemanCyro Baptista
Conductor:  Eric Jacobsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Azul, the Spanish word for ‘blue’, is the title of the contemplative cello concerto by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov that forms the centrepiece of this celestially themed album. It is also a word that is rich in cultural resonance, deriving from the Arabic and Persian words for lapis lazuli, the lustrous semi-precious stone. The related French and English words, ‘azur’ and ‘azure’ are synonymous with the clear blue of sunny skies.

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REVIEW:

Why Azul, one of the finest cello concertos so far this century, had to wait more than 10 years to appear on an album is confounding. It was written in 2006 for one of classical music's most beloved performers, Yo-Yo Ma, by one of today's most popular
Read more composers, Osvaldo Golijov. Such are the perennial mysteries of the classical music recording industry.

Thanks, then, to The Knights, the enterprising chamber orchestra from Brooklyn, and Warner Classics for finally presenting this magnificent score in an affecting collaboration with its dedicatee, surrounded by a diverse mix of additional contemporary works.

– National Public Radio Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ascending Bird by Colin Jacobsen
Conductor:  Eric Jacobsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Eric Jacobsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
3.
Concerto for Cello "Azul" by Osvaldo Golijov
Performer:  Jamey Haddad (Percussion), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Michael Ward-Bergeman (Hyper-accordion),
Cyro Baptista (Percussion)
Conductor:  Eric Jacobsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
4.
Tierkreis: 7. Löwe - Leo - Sun by Karlheinz Stockhausen
Conductor:  Eric Jacobsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975-1977; Germany 
5.
Run Rabbit Run: Suite by Sufjan Stevens
Conductor:  Eric Jacobsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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