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Paolino Vassallo: Grande Mass / Buhagiar, Collegium Musicum

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>Vassallo, Paolino : Grande Mass
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Composer, teacher and church musician Paolino Vassallo was the first Maltese to move consciously away from the dominating Italian influence on Maltese music. After local studies, he left in 1875 for Paris, then at the height of French Romanticism, where he remained for ten years and continued his studies mainly with Ernest Guiraud and Jules Massenet. His later work, as a result, exhibits a Gallic line of elegance, grace and verbalization in its harmonic structure and mystical feeling that is even more evident in his non-sacred works. On his return to Malta in 1885, Vassallo founded in Valletta his extremely successful Music Institute, which offered comprehensive courses ranging from basics to advanced compositional and orchestral techniques. He was one of the most important figures in modern Maltese musical history and succeeded in revitalizing church music. Evidence shows he probably starting working on the Grande Mass while still in France, and its first Maltese performance was given on December 23, 1889. The underlying spirit of the work is the poly choral masses of the late Renaissance period. A listener cannot but feel the composer 's endeavor to use his musical talent to create a work that is beautiful, dignified, grandiose and full of religious feeling, music that is a fit offering to God.


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>Vassallo, Paolino : Grande Mass
  • Performers: Albert Buttigieg (Bass Baritone); Alfred Camilleri (Baritone); Brian Cefai (Tenor); Anita Saliba (Soprano); Charles Vella Zarb (Tenor); Connie Zerafa (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Dion Buhagiar
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum
  • Running Time: 48 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1889
  • Studio/Live: Studio