Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Temple University Concert Choir
The American Boychoir
Temple University Diamond Marching Band
Kevin Vortmann, Tenor (Celebrant)
Sarah Uriarte Berry, Soprano
Julia Burrows, Soprano
Morgan James, Soprano
Meredith Lustig, Soprano
Hilary Ginther, Mezzo-soprano
Bryonha Marie Parham, Mezzo-soprano
Lyn Philistine, Mezzo-soprano
Pearl Sun, Mezzo-soprano
E. Clayton Cornelious, Tenor
Devin Ilaw, Tenor
Benjamin Krumreig, Tenor
J.D. Webster, Tenor
Timothy McDevitt, Baritone
Kent Overshown, Baritone
Nathaniel Stampley, Baritone
Zachary James, Bass
Douglas Butler, Boy Soprano
Daniel Voigt, Boy Soprano
“Mass embraces all of the various Bernsteins we know.”
“All this music can live together in the same way that our world with all of our different cultures is still learning … that we are all on the same planet and in the end are all responsible for carrying a global legacy that is true love between all human beings. Mass touches me so deeply because of this message.”
ABOUT BERNSTEIN’S MASS
Jacqueline Kennedy commissioned Leonard Bernstein to compose this massive work for the inauguration of the Kennedy Centre in NY. It premiered on September 8, 1971.
Bernstein decided to write an innovative Mass and what came out is, say, a Catholic Mass getting out of hand.
The mass is seen through the eyes of a Jewish composer with an extraordinary palette of musical styles at his disposal, the work draws on influences from religious to popular and broadway musical genres.
Requiring two orchestras, rock band, marching band, multiple choirs and musical singers, for obvious reasons, the monumental work is rarely performed and even rarer on disc.
Born out of the political and social turmoil of the 60’s, it’s main character experiences a roller-coaster of emotions and questioning of faith. On a wide variety of levels, this work is as relevant today as it was at its inception. Nixon, then President, refused to attend the premiere after an FBI warning for fear it could contain anti-war/anti-government sentiments.
Unified under his baton, Yannick Nézet-Séguin forges a powerfully emotional interpretation of this unique work – a cross-section of European and American Music.
Deutsche Grammophon 2cds 4835009
|Release Period||March 2018|