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Mass (Naxos Audio CD 2-disc set)

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Publisher: Select Music

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Jubilant Sykes (baritone)
Morgan State University Choir
Peabody Children's Chorus
Morgan State University Marching Band
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

When Leonard Bernstein was asked by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to compose the inaugural piece for the opening of the 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’.

Premièred on 8 September 1971, with additional words by Stephen Schwartz of Godspell fame, Mass is a remarkable visionary piece with a kaleidoscope of musical styles that touches on themes of political protest, existential crisis, and religious faith lost and found.

Gramophone Magazine Disc of the Month - September 2009

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"