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"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
I heard the Doina and Lullaby at a concert and fell in love with it. I bought the disc for that piece. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M&T
Golijov is one of this era's finest composers, perhaps the best living composer we have. Coupled with the St. Lawrence, this CD brings the waters into my soul. Read morePublished 21 months ago by David G.
Golijov is a marvelous living contemporary composer. This is a powerful album which ranges from complex string quartet interchanges to more contemplative playing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anne T.
I saw the St Lawrence quartet , and they performed on of Golijov pieces. The St Lawrence string quartet was magnificent in performing Goliuov's Qohelet. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Lisa J
The performances are excellent and often stirring, but the compositions are basically reworkings of familiar melodies, tropes, and techniques. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Darkest America
I had the chance to become acquainted with Golijov's music in a concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (México), Directed by Carlos Miguel Prieto, the program... Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by Andres Labarthe Sanchez
I consider Golijov the Britanny Spears of new music. He re-hashes what others have done,albeit with less originality than Britanny, all the while making me nod off.Published on February 1, 2004 by William Dollard