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Ainadamar (2003): Reviews
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From: Boston Globe (Richard Dyer)

...Golijov's opera, on a libretto by the prominent playwright David Henry Hwang, presents aged Spanish actress Margarita Xirgu as she is about to go onstage for the last time; she reflects on the life, death, and work of the martyred Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who wrote his great plays for her.

Hwang's flashback dramaturgy is conventional and skillful to the point of slickness, but his poetic language, and Lorca's, has inspired some astonishing music from Golijov.

The work is a series of long sinuous melodies, interrupted by brief passages of narrative recitative; the melodies are hypnotically repeated to create structures of meaning and memory. The orchestration is colorful, and there are extraordinary electronic elements built on the sound of horses (one of Lorca's obsessions) and on the sound of water (Ainadamar, "the fountain of tears," is the Moorish fountain next to which Lorca was executed). The whole piece is gorgeous and seductive...

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