Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Mass for the coronation of Napoleon

Giovanni Paisiello

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 

To read

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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