Thursday, March 1, 2007

The Other Jewish Grammy: Composer Osvaldo Golijov wins for Ainadamar

In all the celebration over other The Klezmatics Grammy win, I missed the fact that other important Jewish artist was honored by the Recording Academy. Composer Osvaldo Golijov walked away with two Grammy awards this year for his opera Ainadamar ("Fountain of Tears"). Golijov was awarded the Best Classical Contemporary Composition award for the opera's score and Best Opera Recording for the recording.

While this opera doesn't draw on Jewish literary or musical themes, Osvaldo is known for adventurous scores that do. May of these are available on disc including Yiddishbbuk (Amazon Song Samples), a Grammy-nominated CD of Golijov's chamber music featuring, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (Amazon Song Samples), recorded by Kronos Quartet and clarinetist David Krakauer, and Klezmer Concertos and Encores (Amazon Song Samples) recorded by Krakauer, Alicia Svigals, Martha Mooke, and Pablo Aslan.

If you're in the Brooklyn, New York, area, David Krakauer will be performing "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" on March 10, 2007 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The program called "Bridge to the Beyond" and is part of the Steinhardt Jewish Heritage Festival.

(Via The Jewish Music Centers Announcements)

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