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on 25 April 2011
This icon takes an hour and a half to listen to on CD and the same again to watch on DVD. There are two great performances to experience. This is a mind altering religious work linking together,the African, Latin American and Jewish. There is a participatory approach to the last days of Jesus on earth and to issues of betrayal, human weakness, suffering and death. The dances of the entangled fisherman, the white sheet and the holy purple robe have to be seen on the DVD as does the range and variety of percussion and plucked stringed instruments including the Tres, Cavaquinho and, for the Capoeira dancer, the bow of the berimbau. The involvement on the faces of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela is very attractive, as choirs sing with and at each other. On the CD I particularly responded to track 13 (the aria of Judas) with its flamenco basis, the wonderful simplicity of the Eucharist (track 14), followed by a hymn based on psalms 113 - 118 (track 15.) For the DVD it is good to see a male soloist arguing as Jesus and Peter (Face to Face)about Peter's denial. Jesus agony in the garden of Gethsemane is deeply shaded in night and the sound of the accordion(on CD) reminds me of the Argentina of Piazzolla. One of the most viscerally violent experiences is track 5 on CD 2 full of hatred and malice - amazing! Then percussion speaks the sentence of death. A riotous murderous dancing procession takes Jesus to Golgotha where Jesus "My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?" meets with,- "Thou art my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." The work closes with the Kaddish.
You know what, I want to sing in a performance like these.
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on 7 December 2011
You must hearGolijov: La Pasión según San Marcos and "see" that contemporary music, even if you are resistant against it. Osvaldo Golijov's "Pasión Según San Marcos" is a real achievement, one of the music's master works of our time. You found many interlaced traditions: since the Jewish up the Caribbean and Brazilian music passing through a very soberer serialism and minimalism. The orchestra is really astonishing with many rare percussion instruments like the Afro-Brazilian "berimbau" that is rare to see performing in "classical music" stage. The vocal male and female performers in this recording interchange the character of Jesus and the same for Judas Iscariots. This is a real bargain because you have 2 CDs plus a Video DVD. I have both recordings in the market; the other is from Hänssler Classics CD 98.404.Golijov: La Pasión según San Marcos
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on 29 April 2010
This is an extraordinary piece of music, excitingly performed. Watch the DVD first, and the music makes more sense as you can see the power and real emotion in the performers' body language. The piece gets back to the roots of the passion narrative approached freshly and without preconceptions (the composer is Jewish and hadn't read the New Testament before getting the commission). In it's way, it is as deeply felt, exciting and beautifully expressed as the Bach Passions, but about as far from these as it's possible to imagine. South American Passion, in all senses. Fab. Buy it.
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on 7 March 2011
This is a set of CD of the music and a DVD of a concert performance of the same. Both are stunning. I particularly enjoyed the concert performance - it was very simply presented, with the bare minimum of staging, so there was litle to detract one from just watching the performers and listening to this gorgeous, mind-blowing music. I'm not going to attempt to describe it. Have a listen to a sample, and see if you're not addicted immediately.
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