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Missa Universalis

by Alex Saba

Alex Saba's second album, Missa Universalis it's into the "World Fusion" genre; this is an instrumental suite intended to be performed at a Catholic Mass and it was performed many times.
Genre: New Age: Ethnic Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introitus
2:17 $0.99
2. Kyrie Eleison
1:10 $0.99
3. Penitential Act (short Version)
3:32 $0.99
4. Gloria in Excelcius Deo
2:42 $0.99
5. The First Reading
1:45 $0.99
6. The Gospel
1:51 $0.99
7. Creed
2:09 $0.99
8. Offering
3:01 $0.99
9. Consecration 1
3:12 $0.99
10. Our Father
1:24 $0.99
11. Live Long and Prosper
0:49 $0.99
12. Communion
7:16 $0.99
13. Closing Hymn
1:52 $0.99
14. Penitential Act (complete Version)
5:53 $0.99
15. Consecration 2
4:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Alex Saba is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. His works mix different styles, but always instrumental, no words, straight to the heart."

"Saba's second album, Missa Universalis, is a far superior release, though it's arguably less "Progressive" and more into the "World Music" genre.

This is a suite intended to be performed at a Catholic Mass.

The instruments are very varied in this work, and the performance is much tighter than in Angel's Dream (his first album).
Saba has all but abandoned the guitar for this album (except for one acoustic guitar track).

"Consecration" is almost oriental sounding with its wood flutes and gongs, but also uses tablas and tympani for percussion and tubular bells for harmonies. Saba melds these cross-cultural sounds together perfectly into a very nice piece.

"Communion" somehow manages to fuse a Pierre Moerlin-style marimba and a Philip Glass counterpoint arpeggio into another excellent composition. The other piece of this album on the sampler is "Closing Hymn", not quite as memorable as the other two cuts, but also a good piece. Based on these samples, I would definitely recommend this album, though not if you're only looking for '70's symphonic prog. It's definitely not that.

The music is all instrumental, so if you're concerned about it being too preachy, don't be." Fred Trafton - The New Gibraltar Encyclopedia (



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Nayla Dahan

So different songs
Looking for news on the web I found this guy and his nice CD!So different his songs! I'd like to try being at a church listening this songs! Meanwhile, I'm listening all the great songs at home, here in Brazil.


Great Composer
WOW! I bought this album here and I were not prepared to the sounds I heard. This is a great album and it has nothing to do with a Catholic Mass. Well, not for me. Í'm not catholic and I bought to a friend, but I keep it and bought a shirt to my friend. You have to listen to this album. This man is one of the greatest composers of our era.

Music By Mail Denmark

Attention please! This record will slowly grow on you.
This is music for people who like keyboard based compositions, pastoral flavors, toying with instruments timbers, quiet symphonic moves. It could be tempting to put it in the new age mould but several listenings will reveal the secret flower hidden in a lot of small details. I gave it 4 stars because I wish Alex would have shifted tonalities and rhythms more often so as to further attract the listener's curiosity instead of relying on some kind of repetitive feeling. But anyway, some people like it like this and you will get addicted to this record before you know it!

Elenir Marins

Missa Universalis
Saba's works on this album have taken center stage. With delicate melodies and stirring rhytms, there is no doubt to fall in love with his music.