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The Passion of Yeshua is an intensely personal telling of the final hours of Christ on Earth, and in Richard Danielpour’s vision, the work beautifully incorporates the Jewish faith and the cadence of the Hebrew language into music of extraordinary beauty. The Passion encompasses passages of glowing spirituality, of nervous unrest, of suffering, love and future redemption. The choruses are overwhelming in their intensity – from the swinging celebration of Passover, to the denunciations of the angry mob, the unforgettable benediction of forgiveness, and peace.

Richard’s gift for writing for voice, and for the astonishing colors of his orchestration, will make this work a classic for all time.’

– JoAnn Falletta, conductor

World Premiere Recording
DANIELPOUR, R.: Passion of Yeshua (The) [Oratorio]
Richard DANIELPOUR (b. 1956)
The Passion of Yeshua

Hila Plitmann, Soprano • J’Nai Bridges, Mezzo-soprano
Timothy Fallon, Tenor • Matthew Worth, Kenneth Overton and
James K. Bass, Baritones • UCLA Chamber Singers
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus • JoAnn Falletta

Richard Danielpour’s dramatic oratorio The Passion of Yeshua – a work which has evolved over the last 25 years – is an intensely personal telling of the final hours of Christ on Earth. It incorporates texts from the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Gospels inspiring extraordinarily beautiful music that stresses the need for human compassion and forgiveness. Danielpour returns to the scale and majesty of Bach in this oratorio, creating choruses that are intense and powerful, and giving both Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene a central place in a work of glowing spirituality. Conductor JoAnn Falletta considers The Passion of Yeshua to be ‘a classic for all time.’

Listen to an extract from Part II Scene 11:
Behold the Man: Pilate went outside again
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About the Artists
JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony Orchestras, and is the principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center of North Carolina. She became the first female conductor to lead a major American ensemble upon her appointment as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999. In 2019, she was named Performance Today’s 2019 Classical Woman of the Year, and won her first individual GRAMMY Award as conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for Spiritualist by Kenneth Fuchs (8.559824).
The UCLA Chamber Singers, a 35-voice mixed choir, represents the highest level of ensemble singing in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and has been conducted by choral luminaries including Roger Wagner, Donn Weiss and Donald Neuen. The choir routinely presents performances representing the entire spectrum of choral literature on campus and in the community.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (BPC) is dedicated to the performance of high quality, diverse musical programmes and developing singers in the choral arts. With over 140 singers, the BPC is frequently heard as the principal guest chorus of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It also makes guest appearances throughout the region and produces self-sponsored concerts such as its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Founded in 1935, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) is Buffalo’s leading cultural ambassador. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 48 new albums of diverse repertoire. The Philharmonic’s Naxos recording of composer John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (8.559331) received GRAMMY Awards in the Classical Vocal Performance and Classical Contemporary Composition categories.
Other recommended releases of music by Richard Danielpour
Talking to Aphrodite
Symphony for Strings • Kaddish

Shafer • Semyonov • Pravilov
Russian String Orchestra • Rachlevsky
‘Under Misha Rachlevsky’s inspired conducting, the Russian String Orchestra gives a grippingly intense performance.’
Songs of Solitude • War Songs

Hampson • Nashville Symphony
‘[Danielpour] has the gift and talent for being able to write well; technically proficient, well-structured and very accessible for the solo voice and/or chorus.’
Audiophile Audition ★★★★
‘Delivered by Schwarz and the orchestra with full commitment and plenty of passion … the music is well worth getting to know.’
MusicWeb International
String Quartets Nos. 5-7

Delray String Quartet
‘Written in a contemporary neo-romantic style the music is immediately appealing in these outstanding performances by the Delray String Quartet.’
Pizzicato ★★★★★
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