[ Sony Classical / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 24 September 2021
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This is a remastered 2-CD edition, which includes a 140-page booklet created in collaboration with The Leonard Bernstein Office with numerous previously unreleased photos and facsimiles, synopsis and libretto, and new liner notes.
Originally commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the opening of the Kennedy Center, MASS was a unique theatrical experience - a fully-staged dramatic pageant that mixed sacred and secular texts and used various musical forms from classical, jazz, and rock to Hebraic and Broadway. The avant-garde work, while not performed often, has endured since its world premiere with themes still relevant today. Ultimately, it serves, according to the composer in a 1971 program note, as a "reaffirmation of faith."