Osvaldo Golijov, St. Mark’s Passion

Anastasia Tsioulcas

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

St. Mark's Passion

Osvaldo Golijov

Taking as his inspiration Bach's famous Passion settings, Massachusetts-based composer Osvaldo Golijov — born in a Jewish community in Argentina& #8212; 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.