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    Mass for the coronation of Napoleon

    Giovanni Paisiello


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

    The Mozartian legend in resonance with the little-known Mass for the Coronation of Napoleon by Paisiello.

    Julien Chauvin
    Julien Chauvin © Franck Juery

    Florie Valiquette | soprano
    Chantal Santon-Jeffery | soprano
    Eléonore Pancrazi | mezzo-soprano
    Sahy Ratia | tenor
    Thomas Dolié | baritone

    Julien Chauvin | direction
    Le Concert de la Loge
    Chœur de chambre de Namur 

    A rite for Napoléon, a Requiem for Paris
    Rediscovered in the sixties in the archives of the Bibliothèques des Tuileries, Mass for the Coronation of Napoleon by Paisiello remains a rarity even today. Better known for his catalogue of buffa opera, the Neapolitan Paisiello had a European career from his title of official court composer for Catherine II of Russia, to that of Ferdinand IV in Naples to that of Napoleon's chapel-master. It was therefore quite natural that the future Emperor commissioned him to compose two pieces, a Te Deum and a Mass, to be performed at his Coronation at Notre Dame on 2 December 1804. It is a piece of luminous classicism, alternating the majesty of the choral parts and the flamboyance of the solo parts with a brilliant vocally athletic style. Paisiello and Mozart met in Italy and in Vienna, and it is known that they had a mutual respect for each other. The string section of the Gloria of Paisiello's Mass resonates with certain passages from Mozart's Requiem, a page that Paisiello probably did not know, but which left behind it a troubling memory that two centuries of legend have still grown.

    COPRODUCTION Palazzetto Bru Zane / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Dans le cadre du 9e Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

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