While I want this setting of the Dies Irae sung at my Requiem Mass with full orchestra, I know that this type of bombastic music is not appropriate for the Mass, although quite fine for a concert in a concert hall or even in a church, but not as a Mass.:
At another blog, I saw where a deacon who heard the music at the Mass for the canonization of Saint Junipera Serra wrote that it was bombastic.
I agree and it tends to be the model that the excellent choir director chooses for music at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It is beautiful, well done but bombastic and thus I don't think completely appropriate for the liturgy of the Church, especially Mass.
The same was true of some of the music at Saint Patrick's last night at Vespers. It was beautiful, well executed but bombastic. And having the cantor sing over the choir in a microphone in front of the people was competition to the choir, he was a bit off because of the time delay in what he hears and what the choir and people are hearing and especially on television when overpowered it all!
In the late 1800's there was a move by Rome to curb the use of concert Masses, especially those very complicated ones by the great masters during Mass. There was a desire that Gregorian Chant and Polyphony have a pride of place over these bombastic settings of the Mass.
There is no need for an orchestra at Mass or Vespers either. The pristine approach would be no instrumentation. The organ should be the only instrument with brass for special solemnities and occasions, not for the priest, bishop or pope, but for the solemnity of the Feast for God or one of the saints!
At least the bombastic music for the papal liturgies is well done bombastic. When parishes with limited resources are bombastic you can only imagine how horrible it is!
But with that written, and speaking of bombastic, I want to applaud Cardinal Dolan for the exquisite restoration of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. It is stunning inside and out.
But most of all kudos to him for removing the competing altar in front of the high altar. The high altar is now the only altar in the main sanctuary. Kudos! Kudos! Kudos!