Cover Rossini: Petite messe solennelle

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Label: PentaTone

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg & Gustavo Gimeno

Composer: Gioachino Rossini

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  • Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868): Petite messe solennelle:
  • 1Petite messe solennelle: I. Kyrie07:06
  • 2Petite messe solennelle: IIa. Gloria in excelsis Deo02:25
  • 3Petite messe solennelle: IIb. Gratias agimus tibi04:22
  • 4Petite messe solennelle: IIc. Domine Deus05:05
  • 5Petite messe solennelle: IId. Qui tollis peccata mundi07:22
  • 6Petite messe solennelle: IIe. Quoniam tu solus sanctus07:07
  • 7Petite messe solennelle: IIf. Cum Sancto Spiritu05:53
  • 8Petite messe solennelle: IIIa. Credo in unum Deum04:15
  • 9Petite messe solennelle: IIIb. Crucifixus03:19
  • 10Petite messe solennelle: IIIc. Et resurrexit08:48
  • 11Petite messe solennelle: IV. Preludio religioso - Ritornello08:07
  • 12Petite messe solennelle: V. Sanctus03:52
  • 13Petite messe solennelle: VI. O salutaris hostia05:36
  • 14Petite messe solennelle: VII. Agnus Dei08:24
  • Total Runtime01:21:41

Info for Rossini: Petite messe solennelle

In Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle (1863-1867), sacred tones blend seamlessly with allusions to his comic operas. “Is this sacred music which I have written or music of the devil?”, the composer tellingly asked himself in a personal letter. Rossini’s enigmatic but highly enjoyable mass demonstrates his rich musical palette, ranging from “archaic” remnants of Bach, Haydn and Mozart to harmonic audacities that point towards the music of Fauré and even Poulenc. Despite this stylistic range, the Petite Messe solennelle sounds unmistakably Rossinian, and continues to enchant audiences to this day. Initially composed for a small ensemble of singers accompanied by two pianos and a harmonium, the piece is presented here in Rossini’s orchestration.

With this Rossini recording, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and its Music Director Gustavo Gimeno continue their acclaimed PENTATONE series of composer portraits that already features monographs of Shostakovich, Bruckner, Ravel, Mahler, Stravinsky and Debussy. On this album they work together with organist Tobias Berndt, the Wiener Singakademie and a quartet of outstanding soloists: Eleonora Burrato (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Mezzo-Soprano), Kenneth Tarver (Tenor) and Luca Pisaroni (Bass).

Eleonora Burrato, soprano
Sara Mingardo, mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Tarver, tenor
Luca Pisaroni, bass
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor

Gustavo Gimeno
has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg since the 2015/16 season. He has worked as guest conductor with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Born in Valencia, Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012 as an assistant to Mariss Jansons, when he was solo percussionist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He also gained considerable experience as an assistant to Bernard Haitink and to Claudio Abbado, who mentored him intensively and moulded him in many ways.

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