Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (2019)

Rossini

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Wiener Singakademie, Gustavo Gimeno

Gustavo Gimeno

In Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle (1863-1867), sacred tones blend seamlessly with allusions to his comic operas. “Is this sacred music which I have written or music of the devil?”, the composer tellingly asked himself in a personal letter. Rossini’s enigmatic but highly enjoyable mass demonstrates his rich musical palette, ranging from “archaic” remnants of Bach, Haydn and Mozart to harmonic audacities that point towards the music of Fauré and even Poulenc. Despite this stylistic range, the Petite Messe solennelle sounds unmistakably Rossinian, and continues to enchant audiences to this day. Initially composed for a small ensemble of singers accompanied by two pianos and a harmonium, the piece is presented here in Rossini’s orchestration.

With this Rossini recording, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and its Music Director Gustavo Gimeno continue their acclaimed Pentatone series of composer portraits that already features monographs of Shostakovich, Bruckner, Ravel, Mahler, Stravinsky and Debussy. On this album they work together with organist Tobias Berndt, the Wiener Singakademie and a quartet of outstanding soloists: Eleonora Burrato (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Mezzo-Soprano), Kenneth Tarver (Tenor) and Luca Pisaroni (Bass).
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Gustavo Gimeno

Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012, when at that time he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as an assistant to Mariss Jansons. Significant experience was also harnessed in assisting Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, with whom he forged an intense and influential mentorship. Following his acclaimed conducting debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2014, Gustavo Gimeno took up the post of Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with the 2015-16 season. In his second season, he continues this partnership with a focus on the great orchestral literature including Mahler Symphony No. 4, Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloé”, Stravinsky’s “Sacre” and new commissions of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Francisco Coll. Aside from his Music Director commitments in Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno has collaborated with a select list of orchestras including Munich Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Zurich. In 2015, Gimeno led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on tour to Asia. In 2016-17 season, Gimeno will make his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia. He will also appear in Vienna twice that season, with the OPL at the Wiener Konzerthaus and with Vienna Symphony at the Musikverein. “His musical rhetorics are refined, his grip on the structure of the compositions is accurate and convincing” observed Joep Stapel in the NRC Handelsblad, “Gimeno knew how to keep the tension and made the musicians … excel.”
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Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (2019)

Rossini

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Wiener Singakademie, Gustavo Gimeno

Producer: Renaud Loranger, Karel Bruggeman
Recording Engineer: Karel Bruggeman, Kees de Visser
Recording location: Philharmonie Luxembourg in March 2018

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Petite Messe solennelle - Kyrie
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Petite Messe solennelle - Gloria in excelsis Deo
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Petite Messe solennelle - Gratias agimus tibi
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Petite Messe solennelle - Domine Deus
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Petite Messe solennelle - Qui tollis peccata mundi
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Petite Messe solennelle - Quoniam tu solus sanctus
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Petite Messe solennelle - Cum Sancto Spiritu
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Petite Messe solennelle - Credo in unum Deum
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Petite Messe solennelle - Crucifixus
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Petite Messe solennelle - Et resurrexit
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Petite Messe solennelle - Preludio religioso - Ritornello
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Petite Messe solennelle - Sanctus
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Petite Messe solennelle - O salutaris hostia
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Petite Messe solennelle - Agnus Dei
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