39 Songs, 1 Hour 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bernstein’s Mass may be based on the traditional Catholic order of service, but it’s anything but conventional. Its riot of colors, styles, and voices form a vast musical feast showcasing the composer at both his most daring and most intimate. The wildly ambitious score calls for large orchestra, two choruses, children’s choir, marching band, and rock group—and it draws on musical theater, jazz, gospel, and rock. Of all the complete recordings of the Mass, this is a performance of rare virtuosity and chutzpah, topped by Nézet-Seguin’s skill at drawing Bernstein’s disparate worlds together.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Bernstein’s Mass may be based on the traditional Catholic order of service, but it’s anything but conventional. Its riot of colors, styles, and voices form a vast musical feast showcasing the composer at both his most daring and most intimate. The wildly ambitious score calls for large orchestra, two choruses, children’s choir, marching band, and rock group—and it draws on musical theater, jazz, gospel, and rock. Of all the complete recordings of the Mass, this is a performance of rare virtuosity and chutzpah, topped by Nézet-Seguin’s skill at drawing Bernstein’s disparate worlds together.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

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EMBWC ,

Not Qute Right

While a new recording of this work has been needed for many years, this live recording isn't anywhere near being an engineering marvel. I believe a studio recording with this cast and ensembles would have provided the listener with a more balanced and enjoyable listening experience. Overall, the gain is too low. I had to crank up the volume on my receiver in order to hear all elements. In some cases, spoken words and singing from the cast is inaudible. The highlight of the recording is the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bravo to them for providing an exceptional performance!

Kierra8921 ,

Amazing!!!!

Kevin Vortmann is AMAZING!!!!!!! Fantastic artist! #USC #Bernstein #MASS #BestCelebrant

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