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03 January 2006

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Osvaldo Golijov - La Pasión Segun San Marcos

My favorite listening at the moment is Osvaldo Golijov's "St Mark's Passion". In the interest of full disclosure: the existing recording (which I downloaded at EMusic) is a sub-par recording - I had to boost it up on my own in Audacity by as much as 9db in some places and then reburn it, just to hear the dang thing - but I hear they are doing a performance at Lincoln Center in 2006, which I'm sure will be recorded as well. This particular version may be slightly lacking in hi-fi, but it is a recording of some truly fantastic original music nonetheless.
St Mark's is the crudest of the gospels in both its language and its portrayal of the passion and the agony, so I think it is well suited to the disparate washes of diasporAfrican and panAmerican and Iberian folkloric traditional musics that are the foundation of this work. This is art music based on a primitive source. It's gorgeous. It pleases me to see batá featured so prominently on contemporary music like this.

review by Anastasia Tsioulcas:
Taking as his inspiration Bach's famous Passion settings, Massachusetts-based composer Osvaldo Golijov -- born in a Jewish community in Argentina -- creates a sprawling work that is part music, part theater and part dance. Golijov gives audiences a new vision of Christ's death that embraces Bahian Brazilian drums, the Afro-Brazilian stringed percussion instrument berimbau, West African call-and-response singing, Cuban song, Argentine tango, Spanish flamenco and Jewish cantillation. The genuine drama and joy comes shining through this world-premiere recording.


Here's an 11 minute consecutive chunk of it:

On Mount of Olives
Face To Face
In Gethsemane
Agony

enjoy . . .

3 comments:

  1. thank you. again.
    i am having a day off from work, so in between claning the house and thinking of going to the library i found this incredible music.
    life here at the moment (well, my life, that is) is strange and a little sad, confusing and dull at the same time. Therefore every time when there is a glimpse of beauty between the clouds of lethargy it feels like a fresh blow of sea wind opening lungs that have been blocked, airless and musty. a musical enlivenment.
    i´ll never stop admiring the way how you look for and find beauty around you, in the roots and fruits.
    maybe i should look east (and even go there)where my roots are(or at least my parents´), and try to find the sound of karelia. : )

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  2. thank you. again.
    i am having a day off from work, so in between cleaning the house and thinking of going to the library i found this incredible music.
    life here at the moment (well, my life, that is) is strange and a little sad, confusing and dull at the same time. Therefore every time when there is a glimpse of beauty between the clouds of lethargy it feels like a fresh blow of sea wind opening lungs that have been blocked, airless and musty. a musical enlivenment.
    i´ll never stop admiring the way how you look for and find beauty around you, in the roots and fruits.
    maybe i should look east (and even go there)where my roots are(or at least my parents´), and try to find the sound of karelia. : )

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  3. thank you. again.
    i am having a day off from work, so in between claning the house and thinking of going to the library i found this incredible music.
    life here at the moment (well, my life, that is) is strange and a little sad, confusing and dull at the same time. Therefore every time when there is a glimpse of beauty between the clouds of lethargy it feels like a fresh blow of sea wind opening lungs that have been blocked, airless and musty. a musical enlivenment.
    i´ll never stop admiring the way how you look for and find beauty around you, in the roots and fruits.
    maybe i should look east (and even go there)where my roots are(or at least my parents´), and try to find the sound of karelia. : )
    (if this message appears more than once, put it on the brilliance on my computer skills...)

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