Performance Reviews

There are reviews and information about Osvaldo and La Pasión in virtually every major publication. You can find them at Osvaldo's La pasión web site. This page will list articles related to the Orange County and Stanford performances. [buy the cd from amazon]

Preview Articles:

"... they went crazy. It was literally a half-hour standing ovation. I had never seen anything like it. It was a rock-concert type reaction." — San Jose Mercury News Article, October 11, 2002 (by Mike Guersch)

"When "La Pasión Según San Marcos" debuted in Stuttgart in September 2000, it was hard to tell how all this was going over. The German audience sat silently for an hour and a half and, despite the intense Latin rhythms, not a head was seen to bob, or a foot tap. Then the music ended, and they cheered for 20 minutes. Five months later, the North American premiere set off pandemonium again." — LA Times Article, October 13, 2002 (by Paul Lieberman)

San Francisco Chronicle Article, October 18, 2002 (by Joshua Kosman)


October 18, 2002 - Osvaldo Golijov, on the cover of Palo Alto Weekly (story here, by Robyn Israel)

"The string section will be comprised of the Stanford Chamber Strings, under the direction of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford's ensemble-in-residence. Current Stanford musical students and recent alumni will also join forces to bring Golijov's work of genius to life in an exclusive Bay Area engegement."

Performance Reviews:

"Heard again Saturday night at Segerstrom Hall as part of the Ecletic Orange Festival, it felt all the more to be a breakthrough work. Were it to get enough widespread exposure, it could well do for the music of Latin America what Gabriel García Márquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" did for its literature -- namely, make the rest of the world aware of what it has been missing." — "A composition for the ages?L.A. Times (by Mark Swed), October 21, 2002

LA Weekly Article (by Alan Rich), coming soon.

"And Sunday's performance, presented at Memorial Auditorium by Stanford Lively Arts, had vitality and genre-busting energy to spare. Under the brilliantly focused leadership of conductor Maria Guinand, a touring company comprising some 75 singers and instrumentalists delivered the music with all the forceful pizzazz anyone could ask for." - "'Pasion' exciting but unfocused new work by Argentine composer", San Francisco Chronicle, October 22, 2002 (by Joshua Kosman)

"When a classical piece astonishes professional musicians and a diverse group of teenagers who have never been to a concert hall, it's tempting to call it a masterpiece." - "`Passion' plays to an adoring audience", San Jose Mercury News, October 21, 2002 (by Mike Guersch)

"The Orquesta La Pasión, a tight ensemble of virtuoso percussionists, sizzling mariachi-style brass, guitar, accordion, and a string contingent of Stanford students under the direction of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, propelled the work with relentless energy, at times locking onto ostinatos à la Philip Glass, and providing instrumental interludes of intense rhythmic complexity. Unfortunately, the audience was held at the mercy of a sound engineer whose day-job must be setting sound levels at a local megaplex; what could have been captivating instead held the audience captive, an oppressive aural assault that caused the listener to share the suffering on the road to Golgotha." - "The Powerfully Theatrical Pasión", San Francisco Classical Voice, October 20, 2002 (by Bruce Lamott)

(BAM Performance) "Souza is not yet widely known, but I left the theater sure that she is going to become a very bright star... My hunch is that the same thing will happen to Osvaldo Golijov. His St. Mark Passion, mind you, is not without flaws: It's a bit harmonically static and somewhat repetitive, and the overmiked Brooklyn Philharmonic failed to make the most of the string writing, though Robert Spano conducted the orchestra to within an inch of its life. Still, these are the merest quibbles over a piece whose total effect is roughly similar to the sensation of being knocked down by a tornado... For me, Golijov's St. Mark Passion was the major event of the year to date, though it wasn't the only memorable thing I saw or heard last month." - "Osvaldo Golijov's Grand Passion, Echoing Powerfully From Brooklyn", Washington Post, December 1, 2002

Other Articles:

"Writing Music That Sings, Cries, Screams and Prays", New York Times - Front Page, Arts Section! October 27, 2002 (by Paul Griffiths)