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Azul (2006): Reviews
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Boston Globe
Richard Dyer
When Osvaldo Golijov bounded onstage at Tanglewood after the world-premiere performance of his "Azul," the audience — 8,692 people — greeted the composer like a rock star. [more]
Chicago Sun-Times
Dorthy Andries
  "Azul" is not for the faint of heart; there were also times when everything seemed to be in meltdown.

First of all, the orchestra was completely rearranged, with oboist Michael Henoch and clarinetist John Bruce Yeh on the left side of the stage and French horn player Daniel Gingrich on the right. The strings were sequestered in the back, where they often provided a droning accompaniment. The hyper-accordion, a sonically enhanced instrument, and a series of drums augmented the orchestra.  [more]
The New York Times
Anthony Tommasini
On Tuesday night at Avery Fisher Hall, as the immensely gifted young cellist Alisa Weilerstein played the volatile solo part in the New York premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's mesmerizing "Azul" for cello and orchestra, conducted by the dynamic Louis Langrée, it was hard not to pinch yourself and wonder whether this really was the opening concert of the 41st Mostly Mozart Festival… [more]
New Jersey Star-Ledger
Bradley Bambarger
  Beginning with the cello crying lyrically over a wave-like orchestral hum, "Azul" demanded rhapsodies from Weilerstein across the full range of her instrument.  [more]
The New York Times
Steve Smith
The Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov smiled broadly as he burst into a spacious studio in the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex one night last week. Greeting everyone warmly, he scanned the room for one particular person: Alisa Weilerstein, the soloist of his cello concerto, "Azul." It was more than mere courtesy. "I still have some notes to give her," he confided with an impish grin.

Mr. Golijov was not referring to pointers, but to actual pages of the score. Since its first performance, by Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood last summer, Mr. Golijov has thoroughly revised "Azul."  [more]