…From this background material Handel made something completely new, with rich, unusual sound effects in the strings. Banzo's group Al Ayre Español, which does not at all restrict itself to Spanish music, catches this kind of unusual moment quite vividly. It's a specialist group of the best kind, the kind that aims at general audiences and puts across fairly arcane material by dint of sheer musicality. An ideal choice for those who want to get deeper into how Handel's London audiences heard his music.
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Nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition", Golijov's music is intellectually lively and extremely accessible, emotionally direct and colorfully warm. A singer of extraordinary versatility, Dawn Upshaw rewards Golijov with a completely persuasive, soulful performance while the blend of instruments and the tautness of the Andalucian Dogs prove to be astonishing and thrilling to hear.