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    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