St. Mark’s Passion

Last Sunday (Palm Sunday) we immersed ourselves in the Passion according to St. Mark. Bach composed a setting for Mark’s Passion, just as he did for Matthew and John.  The latter are more frequently performed because, well, the music for Mark’s Passion has been lost.  Of course, that hasn’t stopped intrepid musical sleuths who have succeeded in reconstructing various performing versions through a combination of research and creative imagination.  Here’s a version that’s beautifully done, but the sound suffers from a bit distortion here and there.

Contemporary Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov has written a magnificent version of la Pasión según San Marcos, which, unfortunately, is readily available online only in bits and pieces. These snippets are well worth your time to watch, and will whet your appetite for more.

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