Bernstein: Mass - Marin Alsop, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Morgan State University Choir & Peabody Children's Chorus User Reviews
Don't buy this. The celebrant is much too nasally when he sings. It really distracts from the music
Not worth your money
This recording of MASS is a little sluggish and lacks energy in places. You're better off spending your money on the version with Alan Titus as the Celebrant. Just for clarification sake, the moments that I'm talking about are in the jazz section of Agnus Dei and the whole of Offertory.
It's worth hearing Bernstein's Mass. Some people hate it whereas others love it. This is certainly the best recording to get, especially for Sykes performance.
Alsop aces the Bernstein Mass!
Marin Alsop's reading of the controversial Bernstein Mass is precisely what we've come to expect from the Baltimore Symphony's outstanding maestro: fresh, vibrant, cathartic, and empathic.
The mass itself, more vernacular and theatrical than liturgical, is a hit-or-miss piece, but for those who love Bernstein and/or his famous Mass, you will find this to be a top-quality interpretation and recording. The recording is sonically robust and clean, and features inspired performances from Jubilant Sykes (baritone); Asher Edward Wulfman (boy soprano); the Morgan State University Choir, under the direction and preparation of Dr. Eric Conway; and the Peabody Children's Chorus, directed by Doreen Falby.
Certainly a top-tier recording of this popular American work!
By Choral Singer
Leonard Bernstein's Mass is not your typical Mass. It's fresh, vibrant and exciting. The piece uses the text from the liturgy of the Roman Mass, as well as, additional texts by Bernstein and Leonard Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked). This combination brings new life to a style of music that can sometimes be boring. Jubilant Sykes is the celebrant and his performance is nothing short of outstanding. The voices of the Morgan State University Choir, the Peabody Children's Chorus, and the individual soloists throughout the piece are all excellent and really add to the enjoyment of the piece. You won't be disappointed!
i was in this production, and i am so excited that the CD came out! this brings back amazing memories of the cast, and how incredible they all were. JUBILANT SYKES IS SENSATIONAL. you really should buy this record. =)
By Italiangirl 204
This as you probably heard before is the BEST ALUBM YET!!!! Everyone was fantastic!!! Leonard Bernstein would be very proud!!!!
By Music Man 38
This is by far the best of all the recordings of Berstein's Mass! From the Celebrant to the Peabody Childrens Chorus, they were all WONDERFUL!!!
Not really the best.
But it's good enough. Alsop bills herself as Lenny's heir so you can expect that she'll pay attention to the details. This seems to be the fault of the album as is most of her recordings: She follows the score too close for comforts, negating any true expression to break forth. Still if you're looking for a learning recording you wouldn't be put out to get this. The performances are good by the orchestra and soloists alike. If you're interested in her other Lenny recordings however, go and check out her reading of the Chichester Psalms also on Naxos. That one is a much better representation of her abilities.
Best Of All
Of the now 4 recordings available of this wonderful work, this is by far the best! Jubilant Sykes brilliantly performs the celebrants role and Alsop conducts the BSO with feeling and sensitivity to what this powerful work means.
Marin Alsop, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Morgan State University Choir & Peabody Children's Chorus Concert Tickets