Notes and Editorial Reviews
"...The montage of styles can be as bewildering as it is exhilarating, as cheesy as it is sophisticated. But for those of us for whom the joy of it is in just such diversity, then Mass is overwhelming. I think it's Bernstein's masterpiece..." - Edward Seckerson,
Gramophone (From the review of the original 2004 release.)
"...if you love Bernstein's Mass, you should hear this performance. It's very exciting for the most part, and it carries a great deal of conviction. Beyond that, for subsequent performances Bernstein made numerous changes to his original version, thinning out the orchestration a bit and altering tone colors, and so this recording not only is sonically different from Bernstein's, it's also
different textually and therefore is eminently worth investigating on that count alone. I can very easily imagine some listeners preferring this version on the whole, even with minor quibbles here and there about certain aspects of the interpretation. In the end, this is an important release because it validates the ongoing vitality of what arguably is Bernstein's largest and most important work. We should be grateful to Harmonia Mundi for letting us hear it."
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
"...In terms of acoustical clarity, Kent Nagano’s new performance easily beats Bernstein’s original." - Geoff Brown,
The Times, 3, December 2004
Works on This Recording
Mass by Leonard Bernstein
Jerry Hadley (Tenor),
Sigurd Brauns (Organ),
Tobias Lehmann (Percussion)
Berlin Cathedral Chorus,
Berlin Radio Chorus,
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971; USA
Length: 105 Minutes 42 Secs.
Mass I. Devotions before Mass: I. 1. Antiphon: "Kyrie eleison"
Mass I. Devotions before Mass: II. 2. Hymn and Psalm: A simple song
Mass I. Devotions before Mass: III. 3. Responsory: "Alleluia"
Mass II. First Introit (Rondo): I. 1. Prefatory Prayers
Mass II. First Introit (Rondo): II. 2. Thrice ? Triple Canon: Dominus vobiscum
Mass III. Second Introit: I. 1. In nomine Patris
Mass III. Second Introit: II. 2. Prayer for the Congregation
Mass III. Second Introit: III. 3. Epiphany
Mass IV. Confession: I. 1. Confiteor
Mass IV. Confession: II. 2. Trope: ?I don?t know?
Mass IV. Confession: III. 3. Trope: ?Easy?
Mass VI. Gloria: I. 1. Gloria tibi
Mass VI. Gloria: II. 2. Gloria in excelsis
Mass VI. Gloria: III. 3. Trope: "Half of the People"
Mass VI. Gloria: IV. 4. Trope: ?Thank you?
Mass VII. Meditation No. 2
Mas VIII. Epistle: ?The Word of Lord?
Mass IX. Gospel-Sermon: ?God said?
Mass X Credo: I. 1. Credo in unum Deum
Mass X Credo: II. 2. Trope: "Non Credo"
Mass X Credo: III. 3. Trope: "Hurry"
Mass X Credo: IV. 4. World Without End
Mass X Credo: V. 5. Trope: ?I Believe in God?
Mass XI. Meditation No.3: De profundis, part 1
Mass XII. Offertory: De profundis, part 2
Mass XIII. The Lord?s Prayer: I. 1. "Our father?"
Mass XIII. The Lord?s Prayer: II. 2. Trope: "I Go On"
Mass XIV. Sanctus: "Holy! Holy! Holy!..."
Mass XVI. Fraction: "Things Get Broken"
Mass XVII. Pax: Communion: ?Secret Songs?
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