Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
KHCD-2013-012-2CDFL (STEREO) - Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (original orchestration for solo quartet, double quartet chorus, two pianos and harmonium) - Kari Lövaas, soprano; Brigette Faßbaender, alto; Peter Schreier, tenor; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Der Münchner Vokalsolisten - Director: Hans Ludwig Hirsch; Reinhard Raffalt, harmonium; Hans Ludwig Hirsch, piano II; Wolfgang Sawallisch, director and solo piano - Although Rossini was primarily an opera composer, he had been composing sacred music since his youth. This Mass was composed in 1863, very much in the bel canto style, and first performed on April 24th, 1865. It is an extended work of lovely simplicity and natural piety. Rossini had also completed a full orchestration in 1865, performed on February 28th, 1869; but it was this original version that Rossini seemed to prefer. This recording was the first of the original version, performed by a world-class roster of singers, led by Wolfgang Sawallisch. Thanks to Alan Becker for lending his Eurodisc LP set for this transcription. CD artwork is included in the download file.