Composer: Leszek Możdżer


Gdańsk University Choir

Akademicki Chór Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego


Marcin Tomczak


Leszek Możdżer

grand piano

Piotr Mania

vibraphone/ percussion instruments

Jan Freicher

percussion instruments / track 4,6

Zohar Fresco

Tibetan gongs/ track 6,7,8

Rober „Navigator” Usewicz

Missa Gratiatoria


Gdańsk University Choir was founded in 1971. So far it has performed several hundred concerts in Poland and abroad. In 2006 Gdańsk University Choir celebrated their 35th anniversary.

Leszek Możdżer reaching out to one of the oldest forms;mass, has demonstrated once more his extraordinary intuition. He didn’t leave a shadow of a doubt that music is in the first instance a matter of spirit and he showed also, that technique is what counts in art. Leszek Możdżer composed his Mass especially for Gdańsk University Choir, knowing very well their capabilities. (…)Great applause for thechoir singers, the conductor – also for the vocal part, and outstanding jazz musicians.”

… Comprised of six parts Mass constitutes stylistic homogeneous totality, which refers to Leszek Możdżer’s jazz experience. Effective, based on thick instrumental texture Kyrie, is followed by intensely rhythmical Gloria, then choral Credo, beautiful Sanctus – with bells and joyful Hosanna chanted by the choir – and Benedictus – similar to Kyrie’s character, also with a baritone solo. Lastly reverberates Agnus Dei – very well-considered, original, with longer instrumental parts, among which short vibraphone phrases deservesspecial attention – plainly pearls. The totality is finished by a sequence, repeated by the choir almost in a whisper “Dona Nobis Pacem” and becoming silent instruments.”

Source: Gazeta Wyborcza – Dorota Gonet Lublin, 26.02.2007


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