Bernstein: Mass

Bernstein: Mass

by Leonard Bernstein

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Overview

Bernstein: Mass

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646308929
catalogNumber: 63089

Tracks

  1. Mass, theatre piece for singers, players & dancers

    1. I. Devotions Before Mass - 1.: Antiphon: Kyrie eleison  (01:58)
    2. X. Credo - 1.: Credo in unum Deum  (01:06)
    3. I. Devotions Before Mass - 2.: Hymn and Psalm: A Simple Song  (04:41)
    4. X. Credo - 2.: Trope: Non Credo  (02:15)
    5. I. Devotions Before Mass - 3.: Responsory: Alleluia  (01:07)
    6. X. Credo - 3.: Trope: Hurry  (01:19)
    7. II. First Introit (Rondo) - 1.: Prefatory Prayers  (05:13)
    8. X. Credo - 4.: Trope: World Without End  (01:43)
    9. II. First Introit (Rondo) - 2.: Thrice-Triple Canon: Dominus vobiscum  (00:35)
    10. X. Credo - 5.: Trope: I Believe in God  (02:00)
    11. III. Second Introit - 1.: In nomine Patris  (02:00)
    12. XI. Meditation No. 3: (De profundis, part 1)  (02:58)
    13. III. Second Introit - 2.: Prayer for the Congregation (Chorale: Almighty Father)  (01:30)
    14. XII. Offertory: (De profundis, part 2)  (02:04)
    15. III. Second Introit - 3.: Epiphany  (00:53)
    16. XIII. The Lord's Prayer - 1.: Our Father...  (01:47)
    17. IV. Confession - 1.: Confiteor  (02:22)
    18. XIII. The Lord's Prayer - 2.: Trope: I Go On  (02:34)
    19. IV. Confession - 2.: Trope: I Don't Know  (01:37)
    20. XIV. Sanctus: Holy! Holy! Holy!...  (05:14)
    21. IV. Confession - 3.: Trope: Easy  (05:20)
    22. XV. Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei...  (07:06)
    23. V. Meditation No. 1: Orchestra alone  (05:09)
    24. XVI. Fraction: Things Get Broken  (14:21)
    25. VI. Gloria - 1.: Gloria tibi  (01:48)
    26. XVII. Pax: Communion: Secret Songs  (09:50)
    27. VI. Gloria - 2.: Gloria in excelsis  (01:13)
    28. VI. Gloria - 3.: Trope: Half of the People  (00:57)
    29. VI. Gloria - 4.: Trope: Thank You  (02:45)
    30. VII. Meditation No. 2: Orchestra alone  (04:06)
    31. VIII. Epistle: The Word of the Lord  (05:46)
    32. IX. Gospel-Sermon: God Said  (04:59)

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