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Bernstein: Mass
     

Bernstein: Mass

by Marin Alsop
 
When Leonard Bernstein was asked by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to compose the inaugural piece for the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., he wrote: "The Mass is also an extremely dramatic event in itself -- it even suggests a theater work." Premiered on September 8, 1971, with additional words by Stephen Schwartz of

Overview

When Leonard Bernstein was asked by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to compose the inaugural piece for the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., he wrote: "The Mass is also an extremely dramatic event in itself -- it even suggests a theater work." Premiered on September 8, 1971, with additional words by Stephen Schwartz of Godspell fame, Mass is a remarkable, visionary work with a kaleidoscope of musical styles that touches on themes of political protest, existential crisis and religious faith lost and found. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - James Inverne
[September 2009 CD of the Month] A powerful depiction... Vital and affirmative.... The performance pivots around Jubilant Sykes in the central role of the Celebrant. An incredibly vivid performer, he variously howls, whispers and croons his way through the score.... Alsop is at the root of everything, of course, and her Baltimore players surge ever forward.... Blistering.
ClassicsToday.com - David Hurwitz
This is, handily, the best sung, best played, most intelligently interpreted recording of Mass currently available.... Alsop never has made a finer recording--it's both a tribute to her mentor Leonard Bernstein, as well as to her exceptional talent as an exponent of his music.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943962220
catalogNumber:
8559622-23
Rank:
69443

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marin Alsop   Primary Artist,Conductor
Laurie Williamson   Vocals
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Timothy Shew   Vocals
Len Horowitz   Vocals
Telly Leung   Vocals
J.D. Webster   Vocals
Morgan State University Choir   Choir, Chorus
Max Perlman   Vocals
Sarah Uriate Berry   Vocals
Caesar Samayoa   Vocals
Matt Boehler   Vocals
Janet Saia   Vocals
Mike McGowan   Vocals
Joe Paparella   Vocals
Susan Derry   Vocals
Amy Justman   Vocals
Celisse Henderson   Vocals
Theresa McCarthy   Vocals
Doreen Falby   Children's Choirmaster
Dan Micciche   Vocals
Asher Edward Wulfman   Soprano (Vocal)
Eric Conway   Choir Director
Jodie Langel   Vocals
Peabody Children's Chorus   Children's Chorus
Ilya Finkelshteyn   Cello
Kevin Vortmann   Vocals
James Morgan   Vocals
Jubilant Sykes   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Text
Marin Alsop   Music Direction
Richard King   Engineer
Jubilant Sykes   Contributor
Stephen Schwartz   Text
Steven Epstein   Producer
Dave Hoffmann   Cover Photo
Robert Hilferty   Liner Notes

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