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Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle; Moses in Egypt

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>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
>Rossini, Gioachino : Mosè in Egitto, opera
>     Act 3. Preghiera. Dal tuo stellato soglio

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
>Rossini, Gioachino : Mosè in Egitto, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Scimone is excellent in the opening and closing movements of the work; the choir is first-rate and the reading has an appropriate blend of grace and expressiveness, and restraint. This is very evident in the playing of Craig Sheppard who shapes the lovely and ingenious "Preludio religioso" most beautifully."-Gramophone

Part mass, part cantata, Rossini's Petite messe solennelle was the most substantial work of his final years. It is a beautiful and elegant piece which movingly expresses the composer's hopes and joys and the fear of his own mortality. "Scimone is excellent in the opening and closing movements of the work; the choir is first-rate and the reading has an appropriate blend of grace and expressiveness, and restraint." - Gramophone, December 1984

"This original arrangement utilises just 12 voices, two pianos and a harmonium. It never tries to bully the listener into belief, relying instead on a persuasive intimacy, its elegant lines movingly negotiated by the Ambrosian Singers in Claudio Scimone's arrangement. The opening is especially gripping, its quietly stalking piano figure haunted by the gentle choral swell." -The Independent***

American Record Guide
No question that Scimone's grand, molto drammatico approach takes us even further away from that salon. But the keyboard accompaniment combined with a tasteful sense of restraint keeps the work sounding enough like the liturgical curio Rossini intended.

MusicWeb International
Apart from the quality and professionalism of this performance, another bonus is that it avoids the disastrous flaw in the competitive recording on Decca, conducted by Gandolfi, which goes horribly flat in the Sanctus. You would never have thought that in a commercial recording that could have gone unnoticed by the producer's or conductor's ear, but it did; Gandolfi's choir are pulled down a semitone from C to B by Raimondi mis-pitching his entrance. No such occurrence here, thankfully. That Decca set is the obvious alternative to this one by Scimone if you want the original scoring, otherwise the recording of the orchestrated version by Chailly, also on Decca, provides an attractive alternative.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Watford Town Hall.



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>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
  • Performers: Craig Sheppard (Piano); Margarita Zimmermann (Mezzo Soprano); Richard Nunn (Harmonium); Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano); Paul Berkowitz (Piano); José Carreras (Tenor); Samuel Ramey
  • Conductor: Claudio Scimone
  • Ensemble: Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 79 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863

>Rossini, Gioachino : Mosè in Egitto, opera :: Act 3. Preghiera. Dal tuo stellato soglio
  • Performers: Ruggero Raimondi (Bass); Sandra Browne (Mezzo Soprano); Salvatore Fisichella (Tenor); June Anderson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Scimone
  • Ensemble: Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1818.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1818