Petite Messe solennelle

Gioachino Rossini

The last masterpiece by Rossini, who had abandoned operatic composition. However, inspiration is not wanting in this “final sinful indulgence of old age”.

Bart Van Reyn
Bart Van Reyn - DR


Hasmik Torosyan soprano
Carlo Vistoli countertenor
Cyrille Dubois tenor
Daniele Antonangeli bass baritone

Tanguy de Williencourt piano
Bart Rodyns harmonium

Bart Van Reyn direction
Chœur de la Radio Flamande

Sung in latin 

Approximate running time: 1h20 without intermission

Alongside his famous Stabat Mater, also scheduled this season on 13 December, is this second sacred music gem, referred to by Rossini as his "final sinful indulgence of old age". The Petite Messe solennelle (Small Solemn Mass) was originally small on account of its reduced cast of performers – four soloists, a mixed chorus and an instrumental score for piano and harmonium – but it is solemn in its scope and incredible dramatic power. A second version, orchestrated by Rossini himself, had a larger cast. The first version will be performed in this concert. In many respects, this is the composer’s musical last will and testament.

Production Les Grandes Voix

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