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listen  2. Last Round for Double String Quartet and Double Bass: Lentisimo (/b+A/b-) 6:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lullaby and Doina for Flute, Clarinet, Double Bass, and String Quartet: Luallaby (b+A b-) 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lullaby and Doina for Flute, Clarinet, Double Bass, and String Quartet: Doina (b+A b-) 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lullaby and Doina for Flute, Clarinet, Double Bass, and String Quartet: Gallop (b+A b-) 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Yiddishbbuk-Inscriptions for String Quartet: IA.D.W (1932-1944) /IB. F.B. (1930-1944) /IC. T.K. (1934-1943) (b+A b-) 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Yiddishbbuk-Inscriptions for String Quartet: I.B.S. (1904-1991) (b +A b-) 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Yiddishbbuk-Inscriptions for String Quartet: L.B. (1918-1990) (b+A b-) 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for Klezmer Clarinet and String Quartet, Prelude: Calmo, Sospeso (b+Ab-): Agitato-Con Fucco-Maestoso-Senza Misura Oscillante (b+Ab-) 9:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for Klezmer Clarinet and String Quartet, Prelude: Calmo, Sospeso (b+Ab-), Agitato-Con Fucco-Maestoso-Senza Misura Oscillante (b+Ab-): Teneramente-Ruvido-Prest11:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for Klezmer Clarinet and String Quartet: Calmo, Sospeso-Allegro Pesante (b+Ab-) 8:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for Klezmer Clarinet and String Quartet: Postlude: Lento, Liberamente (b+Ab-) 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: St. Lawrence String Quartet, Todd Palmer, Ying Quartet
  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000066SFP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an amazing recording. It will leave you drained of emotion and speechless with admiration. Osvaldo Golijov was born in Argentina in 1960. His Eastern Jewish family played and listened to music from classical to klezmer and tango. He lived briefly in Jerusalem, absorbing the musical traditions there, and came to America in 1986. His works encompass all the styles he has been exposed to, but except for "Last Round," a "sublimated tango" part raucous, part mournful (and written in homage to Piazzolla), this program represents Golijov's Jewish roots.

"Lullaby and Doina" incorporates Jewish and Gypsy themes, part slow and sad, part wild and motoric, with a radiant violin solo soaring above the woodwinds. "Yiddishbbuk," written for the St. Lawrence Quartet on Tanglewood's Fromm Commission, is inspired by a line from an apocryphal psalm: "No one sings as purely as those who are in the deepest hell...." Its first movement commemorates three children who perished in the Nazi concentration camp Terezin. Golijov evokes their anguish in music that is by turns wild, raucous, slashing, mysterious, eerie, and always heart-rending. Tremolos flutter up above aching dissonances, alternating with organlike, sustained chords; slides and crashes sound like strangled death cries. Isaac the Blind was a famous kabbalist rabbi and mystic. His "Dreams and Prayers," scored for string quartet and clarinet, are depicted in music that is calm, mysterious, meditative, and devout, but intermittently breaks into traditional dance tunes, and builds up to several tremendous climaxes. The clarinet speaks, sings, sobs, screams, and prays in true klezmer style. The playing is fabulous, the total effect mesmerizing, but the real miracle is that this young Canadian quartet and American clarinetist can identify so completely with a culture surely worlds away from their own. --Edith Eisler

Customer Reviews

This CD is a must for anyone who loves Golijov's music.
Francisco Herrera
I heard this first in concert played by Tood Palmer, and I can honestly say that it was one of the most amazing performances ever.
Snoink
Attention to simple sonority is also relevant in listening to Golijov.
Giordano Bruno

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on November 19, 2007
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It's extraordinarily hard to comprehend what other people "hear" when they listen to music, or to guess what they expect to hear when they listen to new music. The reviews of this CD are dramatically polarized and confrontational. Okay, I should have expected as much, since Golijov, like many contemporary composers, takes a confrontational stance toward his audience. Golijov DOES make his Jewish musical identity/heritage as assertive as he can, even though most goyim around the world have no listening experience of klezmer clarinet to reference. Golijov, like Schnittke, makes the modern composer's interface with musical memories - the presence of the past - a matter of shared confrontation; "in an era of access by recording to all the history of music," he seems to say, "we can't help hearing fragments of everything old in everything new." So we listeners have to share that confrontation with him. And of course there's the huge confrontation of European music, in all its elaborate imperial self-assurance, with the music of "others".
With so many options of confrontation, perhaps the smallest ensemble offers the best vehicle for the composer to make the biggest statement about "sound". For these relatively small compositions, Golijov uses only the expanded string quartet. Of course, for a contemporary to write a string quartet is already a confrontation with 250 years of great music. Then to write a clarinet into the quartet format is inherently to take on the memories we sophisticated Euro-musicians have of Mozart and Brahms. Well, so be it: music exists in the memory, both short-term and long. The instant of sound is made significant by the memory of the phrase. To make an analogy: you can't read one word at a time; you need to remember enough words long enough to constitute a thought.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2002
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Golijov's music speaks to his Jewish roots as a man raised in a Latin American Country. As a result, we hear a range of beautiful sounds and emotions from sadness to joy, darkness to light. What comes across most clearly is his committment to the Jewish soul as heard in his Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind where the clarinet solo is like a call to and of the Jewish spirit. The Lullaby and Donia too are great testiments to this composer's roots. Yiddishbbuk is the most powerful piece on the CD, written as a tribute to the children interned by the Nazis at Terezin. In the Last Rounds, Golijov's Latin (Argentinan) heritage shines in a joyful, playful and exciting way. This deeply felt CD is a great addition to any musical collection.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Herrera on April 15, 2005
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This CD is a must for anyone who loves Golijov's music. Even more so a must for someone that wants to start wading into the surprisingly warm waters of contemporary music. Golijov is about as good as it gets and he deserves every iota and ink drop of praise ascribed to him.

As do the performers. The Ying and St. Lawrence Quartets have been playing and laughing and collaborating together for over a decade now and you hear the warmth of their relationship (MOST present on stage) in this work.

Oh, and Todd Palmer pretty much ROCKS, too. When I saw him and the St. Lawrence do this live a little over a year ago he sang and grunted his way through the piece's motley clarinet scoring with elegance, pathos, and humor. And the same vibe is as much in the recording as it was that night.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Townsend on December 21, 2007
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I've only recently discovered the work of Osvaldo Golijov, but I think he is the most interesting new composer I have come across in the last ten years. His music manages to be melodic, harmonic and passionate without ever really sounding derivative. Mind you, not every piece is equally successful, but at least two works on this album are. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for klezmer clarinet and string quartet is deeply moving, as is the Lullaby and Doina (the latter influenced by Taraf de Haidouks). I'm less convinced by the tango tribute of the Last Round and I haven't quite come to terms yet with Yiddishbbuk itself. But this album is highly recommended nonetheless.

And what great cover photos!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Xyp on September 14, 2006
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If there is one disc out there that can convince you that Osvaldo Golijov is worth hearing, spending your money on, and part of the future of "serious" music, this is the one. His other major works- the St. Mark Passion and the opera Ainadamar included- make vibrant use of his folk and latin music influences, but I've felt sometimes that his use of these elements has tended to overshadow his prodigious compositional ability in places. Not so here. The Golijov pieces presented over the course of "Yiddishbbuk" is a risk taking modern voice who has something new, daring, and thought provoking to say. His other works are certainly worth looking into with an open mind, but to be convinced, please treat yourself to this recording.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Snoink on May 28, 2007
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I heard this first in concert played by Tood Palmer, and I can honestly say that it was one of the most amazing performances ever. Once I heard that, I just had to get the CD. The CD is strange and moody with a strong Yiddish flavor, but it is original enough to stand up on its own. This CD is worth it, if only to get "Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind."
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