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Flagello: Missa Sinfonica /Rosner: Symphony 5


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This disc brings together the first recordings of two symphonic Masses, orchestral works inspired by and structured according to the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass. Both composers, one Roman Catholic , the other Jewish , were in their late twenties

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John McLaughlin Williams here turns in two of his best performances on Naxos. While his affinity for American music is a given he really enters into the individual sound-world of each composer on this disc. In addition, he draws quite subtle performances from the Kiev players, who excel themselves, and he is aided by his international cast of producers and engineers. The authoritative notes are by Rosner himself and by long-time Flagello proponent Walter Simmons. In all, a labor of love from all concerned. -- MusicWeb-International.com, Wiliam Kreindler, June 2008

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listen  1. Missa Sinfonica: I. Kyrie 6:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Missa Sinfonica: II. Gloria 6:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Missa Sinfonica: III. Credo 6:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Missa Sinfonica: IV. Sanctus et Benedictus 7:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Missa Sinfonica: V. Agnus Dei 7:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphony No. 5, Op. 57, "Missa sine Cantoribus super Salve Regina": I. Kyrie 9:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphony No. 5, Op. 57, "Missa sine Cantoribus super Salve Regina": II. Gloria 6:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphony No. 5, Op. 57, "Missa sine Cantoribus super Salve Regina": III. Credo 6:46$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Symphony No. 5, Op. 57, "Missa sine Cantoribus super Salve Regina": IV. Sanctus 8:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Symphony No. 5, Op. 57, "Missa sine Cantoribus super Salve Regina": V. Agnus Dei 8:39$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: National Radio Symph. Orch. of Ukraine
  • Conductor: John McLaughlin Williams
  • Composer: Flagello, Rosner
  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • ASIN: B0012CJ772
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2008
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If you like the music of, say, Barber, Hanson, Diamond or Creston, I can pretty much guarantee you will like the music on this CD. It is a mystery to me that the music of Nicolas Flagello (1928-1994) and Arnold Rosner (1945-) is not proudly and frequently played by American orchestras. It has everything the concert-goer loves in symphonic music: soaring melodies, extravagantly rich orchestrations, inventive and yet easily assimilable harmonies, and creative formal construction. The two symphonies presented here are in the tradition of the so-called 'symphonic mass', that is music built on the Catholic mass but without vocal soloists or choir. Earlier examples of this genre are Britten's 'Sinfonia da Requiem' and Honegger's Symphony No. 3 'Liturgique'. However, I strongly suspect if one were to hear either of these works without knowing their provenance, one would be hard pressed to recognize either as a sacred work. No, I suspect one would simply respond to each of them as beautifully constructed and immediately appealing late Romantic symphonies, albeit each with five movements corresponding to the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus/Benedictus and Agnus Dei.

Flagello's Missa Sinfonica (1957) is arranged so that the succeeding movements correspond to an opening allegro (a slow one, in this case, really more moderato), first scherzo, meditation, second scherzo and majestic finale. The feel of the first movement Kyrie is dark, pensive, maybe even slightly melancholy. The Gloria is nervous, skittish, and almost jazzy. The Credo is the work's centerpiece; I hear it as a slow, brooding, meditative, even pleading crisis of faith. It is followed by another scherzo (Sanctus et Benedictus) which could only have been written by a New Yorker.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Bertonneau on June 25, 2008
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This new Naxos disc, part of the American Classics series, represents the work of Nicolas Flagello (1928 - 1994) and Arnold Rosner (born 1945) in the genre of "sacred symphony." Flagello's five-movement "Missa Sinfonica" dates from 1957, the height of his creativity; Rosner's Symphony No. 5, "Missa sine Cantoribus super Salve Regina," dates from 1973.

As a genre, "sacred symphony" might be defined as a purely instrumental suggestion of the stages of the Roman Catholic Mass, possibly but not necessarily drawing on music of the liturgical tradition, such as Ambrosian or Gregorian Chant. The form has a distant relation to the Eighteenth Century church sonata, so-called, and to works such as Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross" in its orchestral version. Often in Bruckner's symphonies, one senses that the notion of a "sacred symphony" is in play.

Thanks to the work of musicologist Walter Simmons, Flagello has finally (posthumously) begun to receive some of the attention and admiration that he deserved, but did not always receive, during his lifetime. In Simmons' landmark study - "Voices in the Wilderness: Six American Neo-Romantic Composers" (2005) - readers will learn that Flagello belonged to the school of serious American music that, in the mid-Twentieth Century, refused to assimilate to the modernist style stemming from the Second Viennese School, Stravinsky, and other attempts to break radically with the musical past. Flagello stuck to a recognizably tonal idiom rooted in Nineteenth-Century practice but unmistakably "au courant" in its rhythmic vivacity and wide emotional palette. At times, Flagello employed a chromatic harmony and dense polyphony that Simmons characterizes as "expressionistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gene Barnes on May 17, 2009
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Here's another Flagello disc from Grammy Award winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, and it's again a fine one. The "Missa Sinfonica" is a major piece, and a very sincere one, and it's performed admirably here. The Rosner 5th is also a strong work and a completely appropriate companion piece for the Flagello.

If you do like the Flagello, be sure to try his violin and piano concertos as well as his solo piano music.
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The winner here is the Rosner Symphony, an intricate and engaging piece recalling Vaughan-Williams and Respighi. Other works by Rosner follow a stricter adherence to the Renaissance tradition, but there are no disappointments here. Beautifully constructed and convincing from start to finish.

Flagello--huh. Plump, cinematic neo-Romanticism containing a goofy second movement. I am not convinced of his work here with religious material--it just doesn't seem to fit. John Ford meets Jesus at a mass? Left me perplexed and uninvolved. Hi piano concerto is much better.
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