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Rossini: Messe solennelle / Spering, et al
Rossini, Chorus Musicus, Spering
Rossini: Messe solennelle / Spering, et al
Genre: Classical
 
One of Rossini's "sins of old age"--as the composer actually entitled some of his works after retiring from the opera stage at 35--this Mass is something of an oddity, a 78-minute work the composer labeled "petite," for a ...  more »

     
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All Artists: Rossini, Chorus Musicus, Spering
Title: Rossini: Messe solennelle / Spering, et al
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Opus 111
Release Date: 4/13/1999
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 709861100156

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One of Rossini's "sins of old age"--as the composer actually entitled some of his works after retiring from the opera stage at 35--this Mass is something of an oddity, a 78-minute work the composer labeled "petite," for a dozen singers, including four soloists, accompanied by the unusual combination of piano and harmonium (who get their turn to shine in an instrumental "Preludio religioso"). A deeply devotional work, it still bears Rossini's opera buffa felicities, martial rhythms, and abundant melodies that exude Mediterranean charm and wit. Christoph Spering's performance is distinctive in its use of a harmonicorde, which has the characteristics of both piano and the traditional harmonium, yielding a ripeness to the instrumental accompaniment. The singing is variable, with the women outpointing the men. Definitely a work worth exploring by a master composer. --Dan Davis