Special Offer  

RRP: £19.99
Now: £16.99

Catalogue No: CHSA5070(2)
Shop Product Code: 235496N

Status: Usually despatched within 24 - 48 hours

Subtitle: 2-CD set

Department: CDs - Save up to 15% - Classical CDs: Vocal, Choral & Opera

Publisher: Chandos

More Product Details

More Product Details

Conductor: Kristjan Jarvi
Tonkunstler Orchestra
'Sine Nomine' Chorus Company Of Music
Tolzer Boys’ Choir
Randall Scarlata, baritone

One of his most controversial compositions, Bernstein’s Mass was written at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy Onnassis for the opening of the John F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and received its gala premiere at the venue’s opening on 8 September 1971.

Bernstein declared that his intention in writing the piece had been ‘to communicate as directly and universally as I can a reaffirmation of faith.’ Recalling Britten’s War Requiem in its use of Catholic liturgical text interrupted with commentary, the work caused a storm of controversy particularly with its exploration of the concerns of the era – Nixon and Vietnam.

‘Bernstein left nothing of himself out of Mass, and like the man who wrote it, the piece demands to be noticed… beneath the original dramatic conception, the creative exuberance, the showbiz glitter and the ear-catching set numbers is a sophisticated, carefully controlled piece of musical craftsmanship that repays close scrutiny… an extravagant, exuberant and endlessly inventive creation…’ --New York Times

Mass is now recognised as one of the central works of Twentieth Century American music, and its political and cultural importance as well as amazing music extends its relevance to today.

'The conductor Kristjan Järvi is bringing a bracing blast of Bernstein'
The Times

'There has not been this much drama for a long time… conductor Kristjan Järvi, together with his Absolute Ensemble New York, the Tonkünstler-Orchester, Chorus sine nomine, Company of Music and the Tölzer Boys’ Choir, presents the theme of modern man’s crisis of faith…'
Der Standard

'Kristjan Järvi proves himself a perfect strategist with a real feeling for Bernstein’s tonal dramatisation. He creates a monumental theatre of sound…'
Kronen Zeitung


Contents and Reviews

Devotions before Mass: Antiphon: Kyrie eleison
Devotions before Mass: Hymn and Psalm, "A Simple Song"
Devotions before Mass: Responsory, "Alleluia"
First Introit: Prefatory Prayers
First Introit: Thrice-Triple Canon: Dominus vobiscum
Second Introit: In nomine Patris
Second Introit: Prayer for the Congregation, "Almighty Father"
Second Introit: Epiphany
Confession: Confiteor
Confession: Trope, "I Don't Know"
Confession: Trope, "Easy"
Meditation No. 1
Gloria: Gloria tibi
Gloria: Gloria in Excelsis
Gloria: Trope, "Half of the People"
Gloria: Trope, "Thank You"
Meditation No. 2
Epistle: "The Word of the Lord"
Gospel-Sermon: "God Said"
Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Credo: Trope, "Non Credo" - Crucifixus
Credo: Trope, "Hurry" - Sedet ad dexteram Patris
Credo: Trope, "World without End" - Et in Spiritum Sanctum
Credo: Trope, "I Believe in God"
Meditation No. 3
The Lord's Prayer: Our Father …
The Lord's Prayer: Trope, "I Go On"
Agnus Dei
Fraction: "Things Get Broken"
Pax: Communion, "Secret Songs"