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EMI Classics Releases an exciting new recording of Gioacchino Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra e Coro dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Ceilia in what is considered by many to be one of Rossini's greatest achievements. Soloists Marina Rebeka, Sara Mingardo, Francesco Meli and Alex Esposito are also featured in this extravagant release. Part mass, part cantata, Gioacchino Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle was the most substantial works 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. It was written in 1863 for a private performance and is scored for four soloists and chorus, with harmonium, and piano accompaniment. "The last", the composer called it, of y "peches de vieillesse" (sins of old age). Rossini discreetly orchestrated the Petite Messe Solennelle during 1866-67, without losing its candor and subtlety. The resulting version had its first public performance on February 28, 1869, three months after the composer's death, and was performed in the composer's own orchestra version at the Theatre Italien. The music ranges from hushed intensity to boisterous high spirits, and abound in the memorable tunes and rhythmic vitality for which Rossini became justly famous. Antonio Pappano, credited as one of the greatest interpreters of Rossin, is Music Director of both the Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has been invigorated in recent years under the music directorship of Antonio Pappano. Named one of the leading orchestras in the world by Classic FM Magazine in 2010, the Orchestra and Pappano have performed at the Salzburg Festival and at the BBC Proms, among others.
Pappano’s grand-operatic account in full orchestral clothing has a fine quartet of opera singers... but its glory is the wonderful Santa Cecilia chorus.
Pappano and his Santa Cecilia forces bring invigorating ardour to the composer’s treatment of the Latin Mass.
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