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Din (1998): Reviews
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The title of the new work, "Din" is a trilingual pun: Mr. Golijov had in mind not only the Hebrew meaning, judgment or law, but the English connotation of noise and the Spanish usage as a description of a bell's sound. Tubular bells, played by Charles Letrouneau and often doubled at the piano by Jeanie Chung, are the central focus of the work at first. But the quartet, which joins with a dark-hued introspective and increasingly expansive rendering of a 13th-century motet gradually steals the spotlight...

—Alan Kozinn, The New York Times



Entitled 'Din', a word with multiple meanings in English, Spanish and Hebrew, its textures are equally and deliberately ambiguous. Generally it pits the percussion elements, piano and bells against the strings, the St. Lawrence Quartet playing a transcribed 13th-century motet. The motet is continuous, the soundings of piano and bells intermittent, until certain nodes are reached, where bells and piano tones are allowed to ring together, decaying into silence. ...the emotive impression is direct and engaging.

—Jack Dressler, Spoleto Today