Bernstein: Mass

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Time has been unkind to Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" (1971). This extraordinary work was once an international sensation and was considered a breakthrough piece for its bold social criticism, ecumenical compassion, and ingenious musical innovations. Due to these aspects of "Mass," it now seems dated, the passage of time having eroded some of the work's relevance. Bernstein's incorporation of rock and blues seems, in retrospect, a serious miscalculation, since his attempts sound trendy and weaker than the exciting popular music of the time. Bernstein's extreme eclecticism seems like a test of his street credibility and political bravado instead of a genuine investment in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Time has been unkind to Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" (1971). This extraordinary work was once an international sensation and was considered a breakthrough piece for its bold social criticism, ecumenical compassion, and ingenious musical innovations. Due to these aspects of "Mass," it now seems dated, the passage of time having eroded some of the work's relevance. Bernstein's incorporation of rock and blues seems, in retrospect, a serious miscalculation, since his attempts sound trendy and weaker than the exciting popular music of the time. Bernstein's extreme eclecticism seems like a test of his street credibility and political bravado instead of a genuine investment in musical diversity. With that said, "Mass" still has considerable power to move, particularly when Bernstein's music is serious and sincere. "A Simple Song," "Thank You," and "I Go On" are among the work's finest numbers. The choral pieces "Almighty Father," "Sanctus," and "Secret Songs" are still fresh and stirring works of deep religious feeling. The Three Meditations interspersed through "Mass" are frequently performed together as a concert set. In consideration of the many fine parts that nestle in "Mass" like gems in ore, it is fair to say that this imperfect work will continue to fascinate listeners for some time to come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646308929
  • Catalog Number: 63089
  • Sales rank: 30,713

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–32 Mass, theatre piece for singers, players & dancers - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (108:16)
    Composed byLeonard Bernstein
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Carl Hall, Herbert Harris, Larry Marshall, Alan Titus, John D. Anthony, Margaret Cowie, David Cryer, Rick Cutler, Ed Dixon, Eugene Edwards, Tomos Ellis, Joy Franz, Judy Gibson, Lee Hooper, Henry Jaramillo, Linda Kent, Louis Louis, Hector Mercado, John Parks, Gina Penn, Mary Bracken Phillips, Carole Prandis, Marion Ramsey, Benjamin Rayson, Gail Reese, Kelvin Rotardier, Neva Small, Barbara Williams, Dudley Williams, Morton Winston, Berkshire Boy Choir, Norman Scribner Choir, Ronald Young
    1. 1I. Devotions Before Mass - 1.: Antiphon: Kyrie eleison
    2. 2I. Devotions Before Mass - 2.: Hymn and Psalm: A Simple Song
    3. 3I. Devotions Before Mass - 3.: Responsory: Alleluia
    4. 4II. First Introit (Rondo) - 1.: Prefatory Prayers
    5. 5II. First Introit (Rondo) - 2.: Thrice-Triple Canon: Dominus vobiscum
    6. 6III. Second Introit - 1.: In nomine Patris
    7. 7III. Second Introit - 2.: Prayer for the Congregation (Chorale: Almighty Father)
    8. 8III. Second Introit - 3.: Epiphany
    9. 9IV. Confession - 1.: Confiteor
    10. 10IV. Confession - 2.: Trope: I Don't Know
    11. 11IV. Confession - 3.: Trope: Easy
    12. 12V. Meditation No. 1: Orchestra alone
    13. 13VI. Gloria - 1.: Gloria tibi
    14. 14VI. Gloria - 2.: Gloria in excelsis
    15. 15VI. Gloria - 3.: Trope: Half of the People
    16. 16VI. Gloria - 4.: Trope: Thank You
    17. 17VII. Meditation No. 2: Orchestra alone
    18. 18VIII. Epistle: The Word of the Lord
    19. 19IX. Gospel-Sermon: God Said
    20. 20X. Credo - 1.: Credo in unum Deum
    21. 21X. Credo - 2.: Trope: Non Credo
    22. 22X. Credo - 3.: Trope: Hurry
    23. 23X. Credo - 4.: Trope: World Without End
    24. 24X. Credo - 5.: Trope: I Believe in God
    25. 25XI. Meditation No. 3: (De profundis, part 1)
    26. 26XII. Offertory: (De profundis, part 2)
    27. 27XIII. The Lord's Prayer - 1.: Our Father...
    28. 28XIII. The Lord's Prayer - 2.: Trope: I Go On
    29. 29XIV. Sanctus: Holy! Holy! Holy!...
    30. 30XV. Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei...
    31. 31XVI. Fraction: Things Get Broken
    32. 32XVII. Pax: Communion: Secret Songs
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Leonard Bernstein Primary Artist
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