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Golijov: La Pasion Segun San Marcos [CD+DVD]

Album Summary

>Golijov, Osvaldo : La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion according to St. Mark), for chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Regarded as one of the greatest works of the first decade of this century, Osvaldo Golijov's thrilling work is a unique chronicle of the Passion of St. Mark. It combines multiple influences and relies heavily on voices and percussion in styles familiar in Cuba and Brazil. The work was hailed as ground-breaking at its 2000 world-premiere and continues to inspire new audiences. "The Passion According to St. Mark is by turns a classical Passion (following in the footsteps of Bach) and crosscultural fiesta, incorporating traditional Western choral singing with Afro-Cuban beats, tango and Brazilian capoeira. This piece turns the traditional Passion on its head and gives it a spin or two. It's a brilliant reminder that classical music isn't a dead-white-guys-only world." -NPR

"A raucous, percussive, theatrical treatment of the Gospel drenched in the street rhythms of Brazil, Cuba, and Africa, with Spanish flamenco and even a Kaddish (the Jewish prayer for the dead) tacked on for good measure...the main selling point is the inclusion of a terrific DVD that adds immeasurably to our appreciation of Golijov's handiwork. Ironically, though, it is a different performance from the one you hear on the CDs...If you don't know the piece, head straight for the DVD and prepare to be overwhelmed. If you already own the debut recording [Hanssler 98404], buy this to acquaint yourself with the visual components of this extraordinary work and be overwhelmed anew." - American Record Guide

The Times
impressively vivid

The Independent
a vibrant, sonically colourful experience ...an engaging tapestry in which demotic forms and religious chorale combine with piquant, astringent energy.

Gramophone Magazine
Golijov's full-blooded account combines all the drama and intensity of a Greek tragedy with the sultry physicality of a Latin-American street carnival...The performance featured here is from the 2008 Holland Festival and includes at times quite breathtaking performances from [the] soloists

BBC Music Magazine
Hearing it is impressive enough, but the live DVD version adds to the experience...watching the musicians gesturing, grimacing, throwing out their hands and even dancing with such uncontrived enthusiasm is a reminder of how theatrical the simple business of performing music can be.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BiCoastal Music (2007-01-??&2008-11-??&2008-); Caracas Edificio Centro Empresarial Polar (2007-01-??&2008-11-??&2008-); Heart Punch Studios, Boston (2007-01-??&2008-11-??&2008-).


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>Golijov, Osvaldo : La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion according to St. Mark), for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Alex Alvear (Voice); Gioconda Cabrera (Voice); Reynaldo Gonzalez-Fernandez (Voice); Virginia Largo (Voice); Manolo Mairena (Voice); Elizabeth Maldonado (Voice); Ana Raga (Voice); Jessica Rivera (Voice)
  • Conductor: Maria Guinand
  • Notes: Caracas Edificio Centro Empresarial Polar (2007-01-??&2008-11-??&2008-); Heart Punch Studios, Boston (2007-01-??&2008-11-??&2008-); BiCoastal Music (2007-01-??&2008-11-??&2008-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001