Bernstein: Mass (Live) The Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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- Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990): Mass / I. Devotions Before Mass:
- 11. Antiphon: Kyrie Eleison (Live)02:05
- 22. Hymn And Psalm: "A Simple Song" (Live)04:22
- 33. Responsory: Alleluia (Live)01:08
- Mass / II. First Introit (Rondo):
- 41. Prefatory Prayers (Live)05:08
- 52. Thrice - Triple Canon: Dominum Vobiscum (Live)00:32
- Mass / III. Second Introit:
- 61. In Nomine Patris (Live)02:04
- 72. Prayer For The Congregation (Chorale: "Almighty Father") (Live)01:20
- 83. Epiphany (Live)00:57
- Mass / IV. Confession:
- 91. Confiteor (Live)02:10
- 102. Trope: "I Don't Know" (Live)01:37
- 113. Trope: "Easy" (Live)05:03
- 12V. Meditation #1 (Live)05:35
- Mass / VI. Gloria:
- 131. Gloria Tibi (Live)01:50
- 142. Gloria In Excelsis (Live)01:13
- 153. Trope: "Half Of The People" (Live)00:59
- 164. Trope: "Thank You" (Live)02:51
- 17VII. Meditation #2 (Live)03:40
- 18VIII. Epistle: "The Word Of The Lord" (Live)06:30
- 19IX. Gospel-Sermon: "God Said" (Live)04:17
- Mass / X. Credo:
- 201. Credo In Unum Deum (Live)01:09
- 212. Trope: "Non Credo" (Live)02:20
- 223. Trope: "Hurry" (Live)01:17
- 234. Trope: "World Without End" - Et In Spiritum Sanctum (Live)01:34
- 245. Trope: "I Believe In God" (Live)02:05
- 25XI. Meditation #3 (De Profundis, Part 1) (Live)02:52
- 26XII. Offertory (De Profundis, Part 2) (Live)02:02
- Mass / XIII. The Lord's Prayer:
- 271. "Our Father..." (Live)01:23
- 282. Trope: "I Go On" (Live)02:53
- 29XIV. Sanctus (Live)05:09
- Mass / XV. Agnus Dei:
- 30a. "Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi" (Live)03:36
- 31b. "Dona nobis, nobis pacem, pacem dona" (Live)02:44
- Mass / XVI. Fraction: "Things Get Broken":
- 32a. "Pacem! Pacem! Pa... cem!" (Live)04:28
- 33b. "... Quiet..." (Live)02:36
- 34c. Allegro furioso - "Why Are You Waiting?" (Live)01:39
- 35d. "God... Said..." (Live)02:09
- 36e. "Oh I Suddenly Feel Ev’ry Step I’ve Ever Taken" (Live)04:09
- Mass / XVII. Pax: Communion:
- 37a. Prestissimo a piacere (Live)01:26
- 38b. "Sing God A Secret Song" (Live)06:33
- 39c. "Almighty Father" (Live)02:14
Info for Bernstein: Mass (Live)
Yannick Nézet-Séguin calls it “the pinnacle” of the Orchestra’s requiem series. Having stirred audiences with the requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, and Fauré, the Orchestra presents Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, sure to be the theatrical highlight of our season and featuring collaborations with community performers. The legendary composer and conductor conceived this sacred work as a Mass for John F. Kennedy, in conjunction with the dedication of the Kennedy Center in 1971. While he employed many of the elements of a traditional Mass, Bernstein also drew upon his Broadway experience, as well as other religious and popular genres. He deployed a battalion of musical forces to realize his vision, including two orchestras, a rock band, a marching band, a cast of Broadway vocalists, and multiple choirs. Yannick says this presentation builds on the Orchestra’s experience with the St. Matthew Passion, adding theatrical elements to help bring Bernstein’s vision alive, and fill Verizon Hall with a spiritual, ecumenical experience. The underlying themes of Mass may be even more relevant today than at the premiere: religious community vs. individual identity; challenging authority vs. conforming to communal beliefs; war vs. coming together. What better way to spread that message than with performances by singers and instrumentalists from throughout our own community. The spiritual center of MASS is the Celebrant, who, disillusioned by the doubts of his community, goes through a crisis of faith en route to eventual reconciliation and peace. A Catholic Mass seen through the eyes of a Jewish composer, Bernstein’s MASS offers an opportunity for multi-denominational dialogue. Rarely performed due to the large forces required, this is truly a destination concert for audiences and participants alike.
Kevin Vortmann, tenor
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra since the start of the 2012/13 season and Music Director of Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has also been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal) since 2000, and has conducted all the major ensembles in his native Canada.
His European debut in 2004 swiftly led to invitations to many ensembles, such as the Dresden Staatskapelle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker (in Salzburg, Lucerne and Vienna), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2009 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, returning the following year with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Summer 2012 saw concerts with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Canada; The Philadelphia Orchestra in Vail and Saratoga; and concerts at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in New York with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.
A notable opera conductor, Mr Nézet-Séguin made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 with a new production of Roméo et Juliette, returning to the city for the 2010 Mozartwoche and for Don Giovanni at the 2010 and 2011 summer festivals. For The Metropolitan Opera, he has conducted Carmen, Don Carlo and Faust, with La Traviata opening next month and will continue to appear each season thereafter. His 2011 debut at Teatro alla Scala (Roméo et Juliette) was followed last year by his first production for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Rusalka) and returns in a later season. For Netherlands Opera, he has conducted The Makropoulos Case, Turandot and Don Carlo (all with the Rotterdam Philharmonic) and in 2011, embarked on a major opera series for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
Last October, Mr Nézet-Séguin’s inaugural concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra were most warmly received and included his acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut (Verdi Requiem). Alongside regular subscription and touring programmes, he will lead three Carnegie Hall concerts each season and will make their first recording together for Deutsche Grammophon later this season. Other highlights of 2012/13 include two separate tours to Japan and the Far East with the Rotterdam Philharmonic; a German tour with the London Philharmonic; and the complete Schumann symphonies and concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which he recorded live last November for Deutsche Grammophon from Cité de la Musique in Paris.
In July 2012, following highly successful DVD releases of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival, 2008) and Bizet’s Carmen (The Metropolitan Opera, 2010) for their Yellow Label, Deutsche Grammophon announced a major long-term collaboration. Alongside his Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe recordings, he makes a series of three recordings with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, starting with Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony; and live recordings of Mozart’s seven mature operas from the Baden-Baden Summer Festival. The first, Don Giovanni, was recorded in 2011 with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and released last year to outstanding reviews and will be followed in 2013 by the release of Così fan tutte, recorded last summer with Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Remaining titles in the series are Idomeneo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Le nozze di Figaro, La clemenza di Tito and Die Zauberflöte. Mr Nézet-Séguin’s discography with the Rotterdam Philharmonic also includes recordings of Strauss (Ein Heldenleben/Vier letzte Lieder) and Berlioz (Symphonie fantastique/La Mort de Cléopâtre) for BIS Records; and three EMI/Virgin releases, including an Edison Award-winning album of Ravel’s orchestral works. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir he has recorded Brahms’s German Requiem on the LPO’s own label; he also continues to enjoy a fruitful recording relationship with Orchestre Métropolitain and Canadian label ATMA Classique.
A native of Montreal, Mr Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montreal and choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey before going on to study with renowned conductors, most notably the Italian maestro Carlo Maria Giulini. His honours include a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award; Canada’s highly coveted National Arts Centre Award and the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the highest distinction for the arts in Quebec, awarded by the Quebec government. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec in Montreal and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012. (By Askonas Holt)
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through over a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. The Orchestra has maintained unity in artistic leadership with only seven music directors throughout its history: Fritz Scheel (1900–07), Carl Pohlig (1907–12), Leopold Stokowski (1912–41), Eugene Ormandy (1936–80), Riccardo Muti (1980–92), Wolfgang Sawallisch (1993–2003), and Christoph Eschenbach (2003–08).
This rich tradition is carried on by Charles Dutoit, who was appointed chief conductor and artistic adviser of The Philadelphia Orchestra from the 2008–09 season through the 2011–12 season. Mr Dutoit has a long-standing relationship with the Orchestra, having made his début with the ensemble in 1980. As chief conductor and artistic adviser, he will lead the Orchestra in Philadelphia as well as at Carnegie Hall and on tour. He will continue his role as artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestra’s annual three-week residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and will lead concerts when the Orchestra is in residence at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
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