Taking as his inspiration Bach's famous Passion settings, Massachusetts-based composer Osvaldo Golijov — born in a Jewish community in Argentina& #8212; creates a sprawling work that is part music, part theater and part dance. Golijov gives audiences a new vision of Christ's death that embraces Bahian Brazilian drums, the Afro-Brazilian stringed percussion instrument berimbau, West African call-and-response singing, Cuban song, Argentine tango, Spanish flamenco and Jewish cantillation. The genuine drama and joy comes shining through this world-premiere recording.
By Justin Davidson on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The concerto is by tradition a showoff piece, and Mozart, who was terrifyingly agile on the keyboard and spent his childhood using it to dazzle kings and princes of the church, wrote himself plenty of vehicles. But by th...
By Daphne Carr on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This Grammy-winning world premiere recording of Polish Krzysztof Pendercki's "Credo" is a neo-Romantic choral setting of one part of the Catholic high-Latin mass. A renowned avant-garde composer known for d...
By Anastasia Tsioulcas on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Throughout his vastly prolific (104, to be precise) excursions into the symphonic genre, Franz Joseph Haydn articulated a new kind of four-movement symphony that both broke ranks with its precursor, a three-movement form...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.