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Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle / Chailly, Pendatchanska, Custer [DVD]

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the composer's death, crowds gathered at the Leipziger Gewandhaus to witness a world-class performance of one of Rossini's two largescale, major choral works: the Petite Messe solennelle. Riccardo Chailly - whose 'genius for the Rossini style has ripened with the years' (Gramophone) - leads a spectacular ensemble of four internationally renowned singers, the combined forces of the Choir of the Leipzig Opera and the Gewandhaus Choir, and the Gewandhausorchester; their harmonious, ethereal rendition receives a heartfelt ovation that affirms the beguiling effect of the last of Rossini's 'sins of old age'. Gioacchino Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle was written in 1863, "the last", the composer called it, of my "péchés de vieillesse" "(sins of old age). For its first performance (1864) Rossini arranged the work with only two pianos and harmonium. Partly for fear that it would be done anyway after his death, 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 28 February 1869, three months after the composer's death. "Mr. Chailly's genius for the Rossini style has ripened with the years. His performance has daring and velocity." Gramophone"

"A fine quartet of soloists has been engaged, with two sonorous choirs, a top-line orchestra and a conductor who is at home in Rossini, all captured in very good sound and with visual clarity...Palazzi produces a steady stream of rounded tone, warmly resonant...The jaunty tenor aria 'Domine Deus' is free from strain in Stefano Secco's vocalism...[Pendatchanska] sports a dark-hued soprano...[Custer] is firm of tone throughout her compass." -International Record Review

MusicWeb International
In making this a DVD of the month, I suggested that the performance it receives under Chailly elevates this rarely heard work not only to stand alongside the composer's better-known Stabat Mater, but also the great Mass by his fellow Italian opera composer, Verdi.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 85 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Latin, English, German, French, Spanish


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Works Details

>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
  • Performers: Manuela Custer (Alto); Mirco Palazzi (Bass); Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Soprano); Stefano Secco (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863