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Catalogue No: CHSA5070(2)
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Mass (Chandos Audio CD)

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Subtitle: 2-CD set

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Publisher: Chandos

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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 Offertory The Lord's Prayer: Our Father … The Lord's Prayer: Trope, "I Go On" Sanctus Agnus Dei Fraction: "Things Get Broken" Pax: Communion, "Secret Songs"