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.
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 popularRead 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.
Concerto for Cello "Azul"by Osvaldo Golijov Performer:
Jamey Haddad (Percussion),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Michael Ward-Bergeman (Hyper-accordion),
Cyro Baptista (Percussion)
Tierkreis: 7. Löwe - Leo - Sunby Karlheinz Stockhausen Conductor:
Period: 20th Century Written: 1975-1977; Germany
Run Rabbit Run: Suiteby Sufjan Stevens Conductor:
Period: Contemporary Written: United States