Osvaldo Golijov (1960- )

Donald Macleod meets a composer anointed by American critics as 'the saviour of classical music', an artist whose diverse background - brought up in Argentina, of Eastern European Jewish ancestry, living in Jerusalem and studying in the United States - has given him a distinct musical voice.

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
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01The Man From La Plata20080204

A focus on the people and places that have had a big influence on Golijov's career.

Two Days (St Mark Passion)

Luciana Souza, Samia Ibrahim (sopranos)

Reynaldo Gonzalez Fernandez (baritone)

Orquestra La Pasion

Schola Cantorum de Caracas

Cantoria Alberto Grau

Maria Guinand (conductor)

Yiddishbbuk: Inscriptions for string quartet

St Lawrence Quartet

The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for klezmer clarinet and string quartet

Todd Palmer (clarinets)

02Back To The Future20080205

Golijov taps into his South American roots.

K'vakarat

Mikhail Alexandrovich (cantor)

Kronos Quartet

Oceana

Luciana Souza (vocals)

Scott Tennant, John Dearman (guitars)

Elizabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Jamey Haddad (percussion)

Jay Anderson (bass)

Gwinnett Young Singers

Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Robert Spano (conductor)

Rocketekya

David Krakauer (klezmer clarinet)

Alicia Svigals (klezmer fiddle)

Martha Mooke (electric viola)

Pablo Aslan (contrabass)

Mariel

Maya Beiser (multitrack cellos).

03A New Hope20080206

Featuring Christ's Passion from the streets of Latin America, and an arrangement of Bizet for a film starring Johnny Depp.

Close Your Eyes; Cesar's Song; Without a Word (Film music: The Man Who Cried)

Salvatore Licitra, Fred Frith (guitar)

Salvatore Laurence (double bass)

Kronos Quartet

St Mark Passion (excerpts)

Luciana Souza, Samia Ibrahim (soprano)

Reynaldo Gonzalez Fernandez

Orquestra La Pasion

Schola Cantorum de Caracas

Cantoria Alberto Grau

Maria Guinand (conductor).

04From Flamenco To Strauss20080207

This programme features Gollijov's Lorca-inspired opera and his favourite soprano.

Lua descolorida; How slow the wind

Dawn Upshaw (soprano)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Robert Spano (conductor)

Water and Horse Prelude; Ballad (Ainadamar)

Women of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Ainadamar, arr.

Golijov and Stephen Prutsman: Desde mi ventana (Ainadamar)

Livia Sohn, Geoff Nuttall (violins)

Benjamin Loeb (piano)

Night of the Flying Horses

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Silk Road Ensemble

Tenebrae

Kronos Quartet.

05 LASTTo Be Continued20080208

Featuring Golijov's first film score, for Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth, and a song cycle written in six different languages.

Ayre

Dawn Upshaw (soprano)

Andalucian Dogs

Refugee; Journey to India; Rupini's Cave; Last Walk to Cafe Select (Youth Without Youth)

Kalman Balogh (cimbalom)

Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh)

Michael Ward-Bergemann (accordion)

Bucharest Metropolitan Orchestra

Radu Popa (conductor).