Osvaldo Golijov (1960)

La Pasión según San Marcos (2000)

for soloists, choir and orchestra

  • General information
    • Composition date: 2000
    • Duration: 1 h 27 mn
    • Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
    • Commission: Internationale Bachakademie, Helmut Rilling, directeur artistique
    • Dedication: à María Guinand et la Schola Cantorum de Caracas
    • Libretto (details, author):

      Évangile selon St Marc ; Kaddish ; Lamentations de Jérémie ; Psaumes 113-119 ; Rosalia de Castro.

Detailed formation
  • soloists: unspecified female voice, unspecified male voice, soprano, double bass
  • ensemble of vocal soloists(8 unspecified voice [jusqu'à 8 solistes du chœur])
  • unspecified choir [60 chanteurs minimum] , 4 percussionists, marimba, accordion [avec effet sonore "efx"] , guitar (also tres), piano, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 12 violins, 8 cellos, 4 double basses

Premiere information

  • Date: 5 September 2000

    Allemagne, Stuttgart, salle Beethoven


    Luciana Souza : voix, Reynaldo Fernandez : voix et danse, Samia Ibrahim : soprano, Schola Cantorum de Caracas, Orquesta la Pasión, Geoff Nuttall : premier violon, Mikael Ringquist : leader, direction : María Guinand.


Enregistrements disponibles : Hänssler Classics (2001) et Deutsche Grammophon (2010).

Program note

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.

Osvaldo Golijov.