by John Stoehr
The New Music Collective is doing a couple of gigs this weekend and inspires me to look up some music I've read about but haven't gotten around the finding. This one's called Oceana by Jewish Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov (born 1960). It was released earlier this year to rave reviews from seemingly every critic worth his or her salt, even the prickly pears over at the New York Times gushed. Well, maybe not "gushed," but wrote with praise, certainly. Now that I've listened to it, I can't disagree. This is awesome. Listen repeatedly for added effect. Features Soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The other two below I'm discovering. Let me know what you think.