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“Azul” = SIAMEK AGHAEI/COLIN JACOBSEN: Ascending Bird; DVOŘÁK: Rusalka: Song to the Moon; GOLIJOV: Azul; STOCKHAUSEN: Tierkreis: Leo; SUFJAN STEVENS: Suite from Run Rabbit Run – Yo-Yo Ma, c./The Knights/Eric Jacobsen – Warner Classics

“Azul” = SIAMEK AGHAEI/COLIN JACOBSEN: Ascending Bird; DVOŘÁK: Rusalka: Song to the Moon; GOLIJOV: Azul; STOCKHAUSEN: Tierkreis: Leo; SUFJAN STEVENS: Suite from Run Rabbit Run – Yo-Yo Ma, c./The Knights/Eric Jacobsen – Warner Classics

“Azul” = SIAMEK AGHAEI and COLIN JACOBSEN: Ascending Bird; ANTONIN DVOŘÁK (arr. Jesse Diener-Bennett): Rusalka: Song to the Moon; OSVALDO GOLIJOV: Azul; KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN (arr. Caroline Shaw): Tierkreis: Leo; SUFJAN STEVENS (arr. Michael P. Atkinson): Suite from Run Rabbit Run – Yo-Yo Ma, cello/The Knights/Eric Jacobsen – Warner Classics 0190295875213, 58:43, (3/31/2017) ****: A diverse and very rewarding collection of works inspired by our world. My net reaction to this collection of beautiful works, featuring the always amazing cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is “wow!”; just wow! First and most obviously, it is nearly impossible not to admire the artistry as well as the programming sense of Yo-Yo Ma. He has been one of the world’s great cellists for quite some time now but, to his credit, his work has expanded well beyond all the ‘war horse’ cello concerti and the like (which he plays very well to be sure!)  His work with the Silk Road Ensemble has shown that Ma has used his sensitivity and talents for ‘world music’ and music inspired by current issues and themes to amazing effectiveness. The title to this incredible collection is also the title of the showcase work, Azul, by Osvaldo Golijov; a composer whose […]