Osvaldo Golijov.

Osvaldo Golijov:

  • La Pasión según San Marcos (St. Mark Passion)

Exploiting the popular appeal of samba, salsa, flamenco, tango, and the strong passion of folk and popular motifs, composer Osvaldo Golijov’s ‘La Pasión según San Marcos’ sets Jesus’  betrayal, death, and resurrection amidst the streets of Latin America.

Osvaldo Golijov’s ‘Pasion’ amazed the audience at its premiere in Stuttgart in 2000. It is an important work, and critics hailed it as the first masterpiece of the new millennium.

This recording features most of the same performers, including conductor Maria Guinand and the marvelous voices of the Schola Cantorum de Caracas. Osvaldo Golijov since refined Pasión to such an extent that Deutsche Grammophon felt it imperative to release this new studio recording together with the DVD of a 2008 live performance.

The performers are:

Biella Da Costa (Latin-American alto), Jessica Rivera (soprano), Reynaldo González-Fernandez (Afro-Cuban vocalist), Gioconda Cabrera (Afro-Cuban vocalist), Manolo Mairena (Afro-Cuban vocalist) & Alex Alvear (vocals)
All supported by the Orquesta La Pasión, Members of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, and the Schola Cantorum de Caracas, conducted by María Guinand.

Gramophone Magazine wrote:

“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”

Here are some highlights of La Pasion:



And next, here is Festival Música Cartagena 2012 – La Pasión segun San Marco:



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