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New: Golijov’s St. Mark Passion; Amir ElSaffar; Kronos collaborations; Thomas Adès Signed Gerald Finley CDs



LA PASIÓN SEGÚN SAN MARCOS (DG, 2 CDs plus DVD, $39.98) – Osvaldo Golijov composed his 90-minute St. Mark Passion, is a huge, powerful, and swinging work for vocal soloists, choir, orchestra, and a hot Cuban/Brazilian band featuring many percussionists and a brass section. Golijov’s is a distinct Latin view of the Passion story, with percussion and voices spreading the word, and driving the story. The work also includes dance sequences, and this new recording also includes a DVD of the full production, filmed at the Holland Festival, in 2008. Highly recommended.

Amir ElSaffar & Hafez Modirzadeh, RADIF SUITE (Pi Recordings, $15.98) – One of my favorite CDs from 2007 was trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers, on which he combined Iraqui maqam forms and jazz. His new one ups the ante, as he teams with saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh, who combines Persian modal forms and jazz. They are supported by a dynamite rhythm section: Mark Dresser, bass, and Alex Cline, drums. As the New York Times noted, the sound reminds you of the classic Ornette Coleman quartet with Don Cherry on the frontline.

Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi, RAINBOW (Smithsonian Folkways, CD & DVD, $18.98) – Volume 8 from Folkways’s Music of Central Asia series is comprised of two collaborations. The Kronos Quartet backs the fantastic Azerbaijani traditional singers, Alim and Fargana Qasimov, and a long suite for rubab (the Afghani short-necked lute), percussion, and string quartet. Also released this week is Vol. 7: IN THE SHRINE OF THE HEART: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond, and Vol. 9: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BABUR: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals (both Smithsonian Folkways, CD & DVD, $18.98). Each of the volumes contains over 60 minutes of music, a ery informative twenty-page color booklet, and a 24-minute DVD.

Thomas Adès: TEVOT & VIOLIN CONCERTO (EMI, $16.98) – Thomas Adès is a formidable British composer (as well as a conductor, and pianist – he just soloed at Carnegie Hall). His newest CD includes three world premiers: Tevot, played by the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Simon Rattle; Violin Concerto “Concentric Paths,” played by Anthony Marwood, and conducted by Adès; Three Studies after Couperin; and Powder Her Face (Suite).

On Tuesday’s All Things Considered, there was a heartfelt story about the world premier of Peter Lieberson’s new song cycle, “Songs of Love and Sorrow,” sung by baritone Gerald Finley with the Boston Symphony  Orchestra, set to Neruda poems (story here). Mr. Finley stopped by Politics and Prose after his DC recital two weeks ago, and generously signed CDs of his Schumann, Ravel, Ives, and Barber programs. Also available is a new CD, OPERATIC ARIAS (Chandos, $14.99), including works by Bizet, Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, and John Adams. This release is part of Chandos’s “Opera in English” series.