- Performer: David Krakauer
- Orchestra: Kronos Quartet
- Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
- Audio CD (28 April 1997)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nonesuch
- ASIN: B000005J4J
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,317 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Osvaldo Golijov - The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
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Buy it, it's terrific.
I am not convinced. This is elaborate Klezmer music, integral with Dave Krakauer's clarinet; as such, it is fun and entertaining, but unlike the quartets of Riley and Volans, I find that Golijov does not transcend his sources to metabolize them into something entirely new and uniquely personal: he merely elaborates upon them. It kind of stands half-way between those unique recreations of Riley and Volans, and the pieces (other than Volans' White Man Sleeps") gathered on the disc "Pieces of Africa": World Music in string quartet attire rather than an appropriation and transformation of World-music by a classical musician. So entertaining, surely. Revelatory? I don't find so. There are a few ear-catching moments - not coincidentally, they are those where Golijov distances himself from the Kletzmer elaboration. But overall, Klezmer rules.
Another thing is that this is one of those half-full CDs Kronos has also made a specialty of: TT 32 minutes only.
The sounds are very ancient and moving. The Kronos quartet which consists of two violinists, one violaist and one cello player is joined by the magnificent horn player David Krakauer. I mention his name of the desire to hear more playing by him. Krakauer uses the clarinet, base clarinet and basset horn. He is another Richard Stoltman although maybe not as well known.
The liner notes are interesting but a bit short. I would have liked more meaning described for each of the movements. Composer Golijov could have told more about how this work ties into the epic history of Judaism. As the first review observes this CD is short in timing. But oh what is said and what is presented in this short time. Better to hear five minutes of Yehudi Menuhin than an extended hour by a lesser skilled.
I will hopefully get more information about the five parts in this CD. I will learn more by listening to it maybe five more times, at least two away from the CPU. The sound quality is magnificient. Played loudly or softly the exotic, haunting chants and hymns are almost undescribably enchanting. The sounds have the meaning representative of a whole nation and its many trials over time. Interesting enough, the next CD I plan to listen to is "The Prince of Egypt."
I got my copy on an auction. The vendor did not realize what was being sold. I feel like a thief in a way. I got a Picasso for pennies. I won't return this CD in any way, seller beware.
For those who can feel my heart and want to have a CD that will be long cherished for its beautifully moving music regardless of background, Kronos and Krakauer have made Golijov's message come alive. It is SO stirring.