March 08, 2013

Rossini: Petite Messe solennelle recorded by Antonio Pappano

Following the success of two recent Rossini recordings, the sacred "Stabat Mater" and the opera "William Tell", Antonio Pappano and his Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia have taken on the composer’s late masterpiece, the "Petite Messe solennelle". Out in April.

Gioachino Rossini composed the Petite Messe solennelle in 1863 at his villa in Passy on the outskirts of Paris. He had moved there from Italy in 1855 with his Parisian-born second wife Olympe Pelissier and found that, after years of ill health during which he had stopped composing altogether, he felt much better in Paris. When he began to compose again, rather than operas, he turned his hand to smaller-scale works, instrumentally accompanied songs, piano and chamber music, which he referred to as his péchées de vieillesse (sins of old age).


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