It Is Accomplished: Peter Gabriel's 'Passion', live
March 31, 2013 11:58 PM   Subscribe

The Francesco Albano Open Ensemble performs selections from Peter Gabriel's Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ [All Music/Discogs] at Castel dell'Ovo, a 6th-century seaside castle in Naples Italy. Track list and instrumentation inside.

Released in 1989 as a musical collage for the Martin Scorsese film, Passion fused ancient and modern rhythms inspired by field recordings captured in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Southeastern Europe; as well as western choral, and modern ambient touches. The album introduced many listeners to such artists as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour, L. Shankar, and Baaba Maal.

Performed live in 2008, Francesco Albano Open Ensemble faithfully recreated the textures of the original recording using many of the same instruments.


Of These, Hope > Lazarus Raised > Of These, Hope (reprise)
A Different Drum
Finale: Disturbed > It is Accomplished > Bread and Wine

Francecso Albano Open Ensemble:
Francesco Albano: Keyboards, Guitars, Programming
Riccardo Veno: Duduk, Bansuri, Chalumeau, Flagealet, Ciaramelia (piffero), Sipsi, Soprano Sax
Antionio Fraioli: Violin
Salvio Vassallo: Drum kit
Paolo Cimmino: Frame drums, Riq, Darbouka, Djembe, Bendir, Daf, Gatham
Francesca Del Duca: Riq, Darbouka, Djembe, Bodhran, Caxini
Bruno Sacci: voice
Valentia Gaudini: voice
DIY String Quartet
posted by prinado (11 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Wow. I loved this album. It is Accomplished is pretty much the most uplifting 'something wonderful has happened' piece of music I've ever heard. Thanks.
posted by Ghidorah at 12:36 AM on April 1, 2013 [2 favorites]

I loved this album. I can't wait to listen this.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 3:06 AM on April 1, 2013

Mother. Of. GOD.

...I got the Passion album before I had a chance to see the movie, and after hearing it I actually resisted seeing the movie for about 15 years because I didn't want Scorcese to replace the pictures that the music made in my head.

Seconding Ghidorah on "It Is Accomplished", as well. (Although a friend of mine, strangely, insists that "it sounds like people having sex", but even that is something generally wonderful happening, so that kind of fits still.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:24 AM on April 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Thanks for sharing! I love this album. I have an enduring memory of having this playing as I turned a corner after driving for an hour on a windy valley road, seeing the vista open up before me.

Like EmpressCallipygos, I too resisted seeing the movie, and while I enjoyed it, the feeling of it was somewhat strange, as I paid far too much attention to the music.
posted by sauril at 9:07 AM on April 1, 2013

There must be an echo here. I love the music and have not seen the movie either. Yay for Peter Gabriel!
posted by nostrada at 10:30 AM on April 1, 2013

I saw the movie much longer after I'd had the album and it was good, but the soundscapes I'd built up in my mind were much better. This has to be one of my all time favourite albums. Can't wait to get home and play this.
posted by arcticseal at 12:36 PM on April 1, 2013

I'm still chomping at the bit to get going home so I can listen, but until then...

I remember during the whole controversy at the movie's release, that Peter also came up with one of the most succinct responses to it - "If all it takes to destroy your faith is a movie, then I have to wonder how strong your faith was in the first place."

Although, he did also offer all the musicians involved a chance to withhold their names from the credits on the album if they wanted. I think a boy's choir did choose to appear anonymously, but the other musicians involved all took the credit.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:28 PM on April 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

I have shivers running up and down my spine. I hadn't expected that seeing it performed would be so much more powerful than just listening to it, but somehow it is. Amazing. And very good timing, I just watched the film again on Saturday. Thank you for the links!
posted by Athanassiel at 8:46 PM on April 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

I logged in specifically to say "thanks" for this.

It goes without saying that the "Passion Sources" album is worth a listen as well.

Also, less well known but absolutely worth finding is the "Passion Outtakes" bootleg.
posted by kreinsch at 10:22 PM on April 1, 2013

Wow, I didn't think you could do that live. Impressive.

I first and only time I saw the movie when it came out on home video, with my ex, my cousin and his long term girlfriend.

My ex was raised Unitarian Universalist, his girlfriend had no religious outlook at all (near as I could tell) but my cousin Denny and I were both raised Catholic. He went to Lady of Lourdes across town, and I went to St Joe's.

We all watched the movie in silence, and as soon as it ended, Denny and I just exploded into conversation about this bit or that bit and how this related to something we had to write 238 times in a notebook once, or how stating such and such lines would have seriously pissed the nuns off, and what about ...

By the time we ran our of steam (which seemed like some time early the following week), there was this silence. And then everyone said at once: "We have to find that soundtrack!"
posted by Relay at 1:22 AM on April 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

Great post. Thanks, prinado.
posted by homunculus at 1:15 AM on April 3, 2013

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