Osvaldo Golijov
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La Pasión según San Marcos (2000)
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I want to record—like Rembrandt recorded the Jews, I want to record the Christians, simply that. For instance, my great grandmother had a picture of "Jeremiah Lamenting the Fall of Jerusalem" by Rembrandt—it's the greatest Jewish picture ever, and he was not a Jew, but he lived amongst them—I cannot aspire to be Rembrandt but if at least one section of the Passion has the truth about Christianity that Rembrandt's paintings have about Judaism, I'll be all right—that's enough.
CATEGORYSoloists, Chorus & Orchestra
INSTRUMENTATIONSoloists: Female and Male Vocalists; Soprano; Up to 8 soloists from the choir

One Afro-Cuban Dancer; One Capoeira Dancer; Choir: Minimum 60 singers

4 Percussionists; Berimbau; Accordion with efx; Guitar/Tres; Piano; Cbass Solo; 2 trumpets; 2 trombones; 12 Violins; 8 Cellos; 4 Basses.
DURATION87'00"
WORLD PREMIEREBeethovenhalle, Stuttgart, Germany; September 5, 2000
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERSLuciana Souza, vocalist; Reynaldo Fernandez, vocalist and dancer; Samia Ibrahim, Soprano; Schola Cantorum de Caracas; Orquesta la Pasión: Mikael Ringquist, Leader; Geoff Nuttall, Concertmaster. María Guinand, Conductor
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCESAmerican Premiere: February 8, 9, 10, 2001. Symphony Hall, Boston. Same performers as above, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Robert Spano, Conductor.
COMMISSIONCommissioned by the Internationale Bachakademie, Helmut Rilling, Artistic Director.
DEDICATIONTo María Guinand and the Schola Cantorum de Caracas
RECORDINGRecording available on Hänssler Classics  (2001) [album details] and Deutsche Grammophon (2010) [album details]
SCORE AVAILABILITYOrchestra Score available for sale. Work under exclusivity until 2006.  [more info]
BOOKING INFORMATIONFor booking information please contact Jonathan Brill at ICM   [more info]
TEXTSMark's Gospel; Kaddish; Jeremiah's Lamentations; Psalms 113-119; Rosalia de Castro
OTHERNational Public Radio featured La Pasión según San Marcos on All Things Considered. To listen, visit the NPR website


In 2004 Osvaldo Golijov helped establish "La Passion Films", with the mission of fostering film production in Argentina, supporting young talent there, as well as promoting Argentina as a great location for film making. A parallel project is to raise funds through this company for a film of the St. Mark Passion in Latin America.

Visit the La Passion Films website.