Ayre is an extraordinary mix of musical style, culture and language. Golijov's achievement (aided by his background as a Jewish Argentinian of East European origin who has studied in Jerusalem, Spain and the US) is in showing us how much divided cultures have in common. A Sephardic lullaby, a Palestinian poem, a Christian Arab hymn - this is a real musical and cultural exploration. I suggest a free copy for anyone involved in peace negotiations in the Middle East.
Dawn Upshaw is magnificent.
The only downside is that Breio's Folk Songs seem tame in comparison.