Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Another super evening at rehearsal

Wow! What a cracker of an evening it was. We had John van Buskirk there - he's one of the pianists for the Rossini concert on 29 September. So, the evening was dedicated to "Petite Messe Solennelle" - a most pleasant and enjoyable work. It is just glorious to sing! Add to that John's expert accompaniment and you have a winner, for sure.

Have I mentioned before that we laugh a lot at rehearsals? There is always something that cracks us up. Tonight it was the final coda of the "messe solennelle" that was anything but "solennelle"! As John played out the last 9 bars of the 'Agnus Dei', we started sniggering, and finally gave up trying to be polite, and roared with laughter!

You may wonder why? Well, you really had to be there, but I can tell you I now understand why people say Rossini had a brilliant sense of humour. After the final 'dona nobis pacem' you think the movement will end now, except it doesn't...

So rather than trying to describe it to you, have a listen to the beautiful "Agnus Dei' performed here by Brigitte Fassbaender, Mezzo-Soprano, with Katia and Marielle Labeque playing the pianos, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, and Stephen Cleobury, Conductor

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