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Lúa Descolorida (2002): Reviews
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Heart-stoppingly beautiful "Lúa Descolorida," ...with its soprano line floating freely like birdsong over the lightest passing wisps of string sound.

—Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly

Osvaldo Golijov's understated setting of a nocturne by Spanish poet Rosalia de Castro trails its simple perfect melody through Upshaw's limpid soprano like a hand through moonlit water, rising at intervals into a shimmer of wordless song.

—Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail

Dawn Upshaw sang ..."Lúa Descolorida," whose transfixing lyricism and haunting, fluttering melismas suggest that Golijov is one of the finest melodists of our time.

—Justin Davidson, Newsday

Golijov's brief 'Lua' was set in a neo-Baroque style, along the lines of 'Bachiana Brasileira' No.5, and just about as beautiful.

—Tim Mangan, Ojai

...a lament in the distinctive language of Spain's Galicia region with music inspired by Francois Couperin's intricately spun, haunted melodies..."Lúa Descolorida" was more austere, with Upshaw caught up in the rapt desolation of melodes as fervent and repetitious as a religious litany.

—Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times (soprano and string quartet version)

In the mournful "Colorless Moon," Upshaw held her listeners in a rapt reverie as she floated melismatic phrases over soft muted strings.

—John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune (soprano and string quartet version)