Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Petite Messe Solennelle

This evening we started rehearsing Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle for our concert at the end of September.

The Petite Messe Solennelle is the most substantial of the works written during Rossini’s Indian summer of composition. It was composed in 1863 for private performance and is scored for four soloists and chorus, with harmonium and piano accompaniment. It was not heard in public until 1869, the year after his death, when it was performed in the composer’s own orchestral version at the Théâtre Italien. The work’s title is misleading, since the Petite Messe Solennelle is neither petite nor particularly solemn. It lasts well over an hour, and despite the religious text is unmistakeably operatic in style, in common with the Stabat Mater of twenty years earlier. The music ranges from hushed intensity to boisterous high spirits, and abounds in the memorable tunes and rhythmic vitality for which Rossini became justly famous.

Performed by the Moscow Oratorio
Politechnical Museum, Moscow, May 2011
1. Kyrie (Choir).
2. Gloria (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass and Choir).
3. Domine Deus (Tenor).
4. Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Bass).
5. Cum Sancto Spiritu (Choir).
6. Credo (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass and Choir).
7. Sanctus (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass and Choir).
8. O salutaris hostia (Soprano).
9. Agnus Dei (Alto, Choir).

Artistic Director and conductor: Alexander Tsaliuk
Accompanists: Alexander Velikovsky, Natalia Zlobina

Soloists: Ludmila Shilova - soprano, Leonid Bomshteyn - tenor, Evgeniy Liberman - bass, Gia Beshitaishvily - tenor, Alexandra Saulskaya-Shulyatieva – alto

1 comment:

Leta said...

Definitely not my favourite tenor - is it my imagination or does he sometimes float around the note and not quite hit it correctly? And he bellows!