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Genesis Mass [Import]

Wuorinen , Minnesota Orchestra Audio CD

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1. Mass For The Restoration Of St. Luke In The Fields: Symphonia (Entrance)
2. Mass For The Restoration Of St. Luke In The Fields: Kyrie
3. Mass For The Restoration Of St. Luke In The Fields: Gloria
4. Mass For The Restoration Of St. Luke In The Fields: Sanctus
5. Mass For The Restoration Of St. Luke In The Fields: Agnus Dei
6. Mass For The Restoration Of St. Luke In The Fields: Communion Motet
7. Mass For The Restoration Of St. Luke In The Fields: Symphonia (Exit)
8. A Solis Ortu
9. Ave Christe: Josquin
10. Genesis: I. Invocation
11. Genesis: First Interlude: Meditation
12. Genesis: II. Creation History
13. Genesis: Second Interlude: Cosmology
14. Genesis: III. Doxology

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Tone Spirituality June 9 2003
By Christopher Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For many, many years I have avoided the music of Charles Wuorinen, not from any real aversion to the music, but from the prejudice that he was nothing more than a brilliant student of Milton Babbitt who did rather similar music, witty, but dry and academic. The few Wuorinen works I'd heard in concert in the 70s had solidified this opinion. But recently, I've become more interested in serial composers from that period and decided to make a new acquaintance with the composer. Imagine my surprise to discover that, far from being a dry clone of Babbitt, Wuorinen is passionate, energetic, and deeply spiritual music. I am quite taken.
The Mass for the Restoration of St. Luke's In The Fields was written for the rededication of this Episcopal Church in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. A joint choir of St. Luke's and St. Ignatius of Antioch premiered it. The work is meant for liturgical use, but only by a fine parish choir. Scored to choir, organ, trombones and violin, the Mass resembles nothing so much as the late work of Stravinsky. There is almost an air of the Renaissance in the work, though it is thoroughly serial. Wuorinen's serial music is rigorous, but points out the fallacy of considering 12 tone music "atonal". Tonalities slip in and out of the ear with great frequency, but they are there nonetheless. The Kyrie is a very moving movement, The Gloria as exuberant a 12 tone piece as I have ever heard, the Sanctus and Agnus Dei are hushed and spiritual, and there is a beautiful communion motet in English. There are also two instrumental movements that one presumes must function as prelude and postlude. All-in-all this is an amazing piece of liturgical music...highly modern and yet completely appropriate for worship.
The second major work on the disc is Genesis, an oratorio for choir and orchestra. Texts to this work are mostly in Latin and taken from texts which refer to the creation story. The musical idiom is more dissonant and conventionally 12 tone, but the vibrant rhythms and strong melodic profile make this an astounding work, perhaps the strongest oratorio written in the last 20 years. And in the final section, where the choir begins an extended "alleluia" the material is ecstatic....a strange but true description for this 12 tone work.
The smaller works are quite charming as well. The motet is lovely, very much of a piece with the idiom of the Mass. The piano work is more unusual. It is a subtle reworking or piano of a motet by Josquin, one which does nothing more than to create a true piano work out of the choir work.
This is a tremendous disc. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Wuorinen's finest works to date (GENESIS) Oct. 12 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
GENESIS is arguably the finest addition to the orchestra-choral repertoire since Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. Premiered by Blomstedt/San Francisco - this is a live recording deWaart/Minnesota from the co-commssioner. The disc also includes Wuorinen's beautiful MASS (conducted by the composer) and a piano transciption on Josqin's AVE CHRISTE (performed by the composer). An essential disc for anyone interested in the music of our age.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's afraid of twelve-tone music? Aug. 18 1999
By Robert Badger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The music of Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Boulez, and others has often been dismissed as cerebreal, unable to communicate anything to anybody. Sometimes, Wuorinen has been criticised, and his music dismissed as a mere intellectual excercise. Charles Wuorinen is one of America's prominent composers. He does use the twelve-tone method in his composition. Nevertheless, he has shown that his music conveys a deeply personal message. It is complex. It challenges both listeners and performers. Yet, the rewards are great.
His setting of the Mass is wonderful. I found the Kyrie deeply moving. Genesis too is a powerful account of the story of creation. The final movement of Genesis is an absoultely thrilling piece of music.
This recording is a wonderful introduction to Wuorinen and his music. I reccommend it highly.
5.0 out of 5 stars One other review is not a review Oct. 10 2012
By H. Stokar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are actual reviews of this CD listed on the earlier release of this disc (when the CD was on Koch)
1 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very much behind our time Aug. 11 2008
By Winton White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
People into compositions using serialism, stylistically 80 year old pieces that don't require using of the ear would dig him.

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