Unusual as Folk

"Triple-exile" composer Osvaldo Golijov brings together elements from his Eastern Europe roots, from his Jewish heritage, and from his native Argentina and melds them with Western classical traditions, and Mediterranean folklore. On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear from Golijov’s latest release, Ayre, a song cycle featuring the soprano Dawn Upshaw. On Ayre, he incorporates the sounds of accordion and ronroco (the South American fretted lute) as well as the laptop (a 21st century folk instrument to Golijov), and has scored texts in Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, Spanish and Ladino (the lost language of Spanish Jews.) We’ll also hear folk-tinged music from multi-instrumentalist /composer/producer Gustavo Santaolalla, from his CD “Ronroco,” and perhaps from the two songs he wrote on Ayre. Plus, there's music by Luciano Berio, with whom Golijov shares the talent of obscuring the distinction between 'folk" and "art" music, and more.

PROGRAM # 2462 Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ayre” (First aired on Thurs. 10/6/05)





Gustavo Santaolalla


De Ushuaia A La Quiaca [2:54]

Nonesuch 79461** www.nonesuch.com*

Henryk Gorecki

Symphony #3

Excerpt [:30]

Nonesuch #79282** www.nonesuch.com*

Osvaldo Golijov


Tancas serradas a muru (Walls are encircling the land) [3:00]
Wa Habibi (My Love) [6:00]
Sueltate las cintas (Untie your ribbons) [1:30]
Ariadna en su laberinto (Ariadne in her labyrinth) [9:00]

Deutsche Grammaophon #B0004782** www.deutschegrammophon.com*

Luciano Berio


Naturale (Su melodie siciliane), excerpt [6:00]

ECM 1735**