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Kleiberg: Mass for Modern Man

Magazine article Gramophone

Kleiberg: Mass for Modern Man

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Kleiberg

Mass for Modern Man Mari Eriksmoen sop Johannes Weisser bar Trondheim Vocal Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra / Eivlnd Gullberg Jensen 2L (F) ([SACD]. + [BR]) 2L136SABD (68' * DDD/DSD * DTS-HD MA5.1 & LPCM stereo 24/192kHz, 9.1 Auro-3D 96kHz & 11.1 Dolby Atmos 48kHz * T)

Stale Kleiberg's Mass for the Modern Man deals with pertinent questions surrounding the role of Christian faith in contemporary society and, by association, the relevance of the 'genre' that is the concert Mass. Much like Britten's War Requiem, Kleiberg's work juxtaposes the liturgical texts of the Mass Ordinary with contemporary poetry that spins off and sometimes rails against those texts. These 'stories' by Jessica Gordon--ories of grief, displacement and loss of faith--may stand in contrast to the liturgy of the Mass but as a result, Kleiberg's setting of that liturgy becomes purposefully less sure of itself, 'not an unambiguous affirmation', in the composer's own words.

The piece is scored for two soloists, choir and small orchestra, and Eivind Gullberg Jensen certainly has some talent on board: the unfailingly bright-voiced Mari Eriksmoen, the expressive Johannes Weisser (though this scale of piece isn't ideal for him) and the professional, newly formed Trondheim Vocal Ensemble in addition to members of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. …

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