The Knights - Golijov: Azul (Warner Classics)
The power of the arts lies in the imagination of artists like Osvaldo Golijov, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Their creative minds combined with those in the Brooklyn-based ensemble, The Knights, helped to create the wonder, and the beauty found on a new recording named for Golijov's transcendent piece, "Azul."
"I think the basis of this recording, the centerpiece is Osvaldo Golijov's piece Azul," violinist Colin Jacobsen explains. "And just a little background on that piece: Osvaldo talks about an experience he had around the summer of 2000 when he had been spending time in the Middle East in Israel and had witnessed the renewed wave of violence that happened that summer. And then he came back to New York and went to the Hayden Planetarium in New York and saw one of those incredible space shows where you see views of the earth from above the International Space Station, and just was struck by this incredible planet that we live on and how beautiful it is from above and how in a way the topographical view … you don't get that sense of all the struggle of life down on the surface when you're up there in a way."
ResourcesThe Knights - official site
Osvaldo Golijov - official site