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Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle / Julia Lezhneva, Delphone Galou, Michael Spyres, Alexander Vinogradov. Accentus; Paris CO

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

The Telegraph, 21st March 2015
[Dantone] rings an airy bounce to that fugue allied to the sort of mounting excitement that could have graced any of Rossini's operatic finales. Four excellent soloists...considerably add to the dramatic impact.

The Guardian, 13th March 2015
Ottavio Dantone has long been a champion of the work...You sense the shafts of sorrow behind the orchestral grace and choral refinement. Julia Lezhneva is the super-cool soprano, though the best singing comes from mezzo Delphine Galou, admirably noble yet restrained, above all in the deeply felt Agnus Dei.

Classical Music, April 2015
Rossini's final 'sin of old age' here comes up fresh as paint. Dantone zips along, his long experience in early music giving the proceedings a zesty, characterful sheen. Soloists are excellent.

After Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Petite Messe solennelle is Gioacchino Rossini's most celebrated composition. Composed 1862-64, the highly unusual Petite Messe solennelle comes from Rossini's final creative period, divided from his career as an operatic composer by an interval of nearly thirty years and by a radical questioning of the purpose of composition, which was accompanied by an equally spectacular renewal of his musical style. The Petite Messe solennelle was founded as homage to Louis Niedermeyer (d. 1861), Swiss musician and close friend of Rossini's, as recent research has established. For this live recording from 2014, the forces of the orchestre de chambre de Paris and conductor Ottavio Dantone were joined by four outstanding vocal soloists: Soprano Julia Lezhneva, Contralto Delphine Galou, tenor Michael Spyres and bass Alexander Vinogradov.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
What distinguishes this latest recording is the fineness of the choral contribution. The 34-voice Accentus choir might almost be singing the original, so elegant is their (discreetly recorded) contribution. They are helped in this by the deftness with which the orchestrations are realised by Ottavio Dantone and his Paris chamber players.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2015
The four soloists form a well-balanced quartet, with tenor Michael Spyres eager and dynamic, Alexander Vinogradov's bass grand and characteristically Russian in quality, and soprano Julia Lezhneva and her contralto colleague Delphine Galou individually prepossessing and jointly spellbinding.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Enter this sparkling new account, also recorded in concert, but with no ambient distractions. What I really like about it is that Maestro Dantone keeps everything light and bouncy enough to evoke the feel of the parlor, even as his trombones double the basses and his piccolo tweets out the soprano line. The Accentus choir is as elegant and full of character as we've heard in works by FaurT, Mendelssohn, and Schoenberg; and the orchestral playing is just delightful. I like the soloists too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Basilique of Saint-Denis, Festival de Saint-Denis, (06/22/2014-06/24/2014).


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>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Ensemble: Chœur de Chambre Accentus
  • Notes: The Basilique of Saint-Denis, Festival de Saint-Denis, France (06/22/2014-06/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 74 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863