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Divine Hair - Mass In F


Release Date: 09/20/2011 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 95230  
Composer:  Galt MacDermotJack W. JonesTraditional
Performer:  Delores HallJack W. Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Martin’s Parish Choir, New York CitySt. Mary’s Parish Choir, Staten IslandSt. John the Divine Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

May 9, 1971: the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the third anniversary of the Broadway musical Hair in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City.

Twice before the producers and the cast of Hair had been involved in a loud and happy birthday party, both times in New York’s spacious Central Park. The events had been “happenings” for the young – particularly those committed to the Age of Aquarius. Just as easily and just as naturally the third anniversary could have been held in the Park, but Michael Butler, the world producer of Hair, felt otherwise. He wanted a service rather than a concert, and he wanted it in a specifically committed building, and yet he somehow wanted it to be large-hearted and generous
Read more with the non-committed. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine seemed to be not only large enough, but also to have the necessary combination of splendor and “give” to insure a service of the character desired. The Bishop of New York and the Cathedral’s clergy, fully conscious that some of their constituents might quit the Christian religion, decided that this sort of thing was one of the reasons for having a Cathedral and went along happily with the whole idea.

Galt MacDermot’s Mass in F, sung by the choirs of St. Martin’s, Manhattan and St. Mary’s, Staten Island, furnished the music necessary for the Solemn Eucharist, and appropriate selections from Hair, sung by the New York cast and the Cathedral Choir, provided the Introit, Sequence, Offertory and the Response to the Blessing and Dismissal.

This recording conveys everything there is to be said about the vitality of the music and the spontaneous joy of all who were there. The calm splendor of the liturgy, constantly aware of the pulse of the music, provided that vibrant tension which is the essence of the drama of which religion is the mother. Its overtones united young and old, rich and poor and men and women, of every race and creed.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass in F major by Galt MacDermot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Martin’s Parish Choir, New York City,  St. Mary’s Parish Choir, Staten Island
2.
Hair: Aquarius by Galt MacDermot
Performer:  Delores Hall (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. John the Divine Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Notes: Includes the New York Cast of "Hair" 
3.
Hair: What A Piece Of Work Is Man by Galt MacDermot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. John the Divine Cathedral Choir
Period: Modern 
Written: 1967; United States of Ame 
Notes: Includes the New York Cast of "Hair" 
4.
Hair: Hair by Galt MacDermot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. John the Divine Cathedral Choir
Notes: Includes the New York Cast of "Hair" 
5.
Hair: 3-5-0-0 by Galt MacDermot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. John the Divine Cathedral Choir
Notes: Includes the New York Cast of "Hair" 
6.
Hair: Where Do I Go? by Galt MacDermot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. John the Divine Cathedral Choir
Notes: Includes the New York Cast of "Hair" 
7.
Hair: One Thousand-Year-Old Man by Galt MacDermot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. John the Divine Cathedral Choir
Notes: Includes the New York Cast of "Hair" 
8.
Improvisation on "Aquarius" by Jack W. Jones
Performer:  Jack W. Jones (Organ)
9.
The Lord's Prayer by Traditional
Performer:  Delores Hall (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Martin’s Parish Choir, New York City
10.
Hair: The Flesh Failures by Galt MacDermot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. John the Divine Cathedral Choir
Notes: Includes the New York Cast of "Hair" 

Customer Reviews

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 DIVINE, INDEED! May 8, 2013 By PETER J. (SANTA MONICA , CA) See All My Reviews "I've spent pretty much all my life in Musical Theater, and I can't think of another musical that was so important to an entire generation. Even though it was vehemently anti-war, it was also embraced by many of the troops in Nam. One vet told me that every morning, the person in charge of the P.A. system played LET THE SUN SHINE IN, and they then knew that they'd all survived another night. That said, I still wasn't ready to be as moved by this previously unknown recording as I was. The sound is excellent, the voices superb, the new music just as good as the old. I'd consider this a MUST for any Musical Comedy fan's collection, be they Baby Boomers or not." Report Abuse
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