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Rossini: Stabat Mater - Petite Messe Solennelle
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2010
A spirit raising performance of an absolutely wonderful work. Just goes to prove that the Devil does not have all the best tunes.
Should be in every music lovers library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2013
Until last week this was a work I did not know. As I am accompanist for our local choral society and will be playing the harmonium for a performance in the autumn, I now have the score and the CD! As a great fan of Kings Choir and the English choral tradition in general, this recording was a no-brainer. However, the combination of very operatic soloists in the Italian tradition and the super-smooth sound of Kings Choir is rather strange but effective in a way, probably bacause it is all done so musically! The accompaniment of pianists and harmonium is brilliant although it is still strange to hear this choir accompanied by piano. Above all, this glorious music brings a wonderful smile to the face. Roll on rehearsals in September!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2010
For me the best element of this version is the piano playing by the Labèque sisters, expressive, shapely, immaculate, stylish. The two female soloists are often singing out of tune, The tenor is not very exciting in his Domine Deus. But most of all, the problem is the choir, completely out of style, sterile in its inexpressive precision. Typically,the children and their master do not understand the latin text, the need for phrasing, let alone of Rossinian style of interpretation vitally needed for such a work. The fugues are flat in rendition, dull and samey: just empty notes, in other words. Depriving such a piece of its power of meaning couldn't be further from what Rossini would have wanted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
This is the most beautiful recording of the Petite Messe. The piano playing is sensitive, and very moving. The singing is glorious and why I have not had this piece in my library of favourites long ago I cannot imagine. I am looking forward to accompanying a choral society for a concert in the near future and I am overjoyed to have been asked to join them in this marvellous work by Rossini.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2010
I bought this having heard it chosen as a favourite work by Anthony Julius on Desert Isalnd Discs. I could not get the theme out of my head even after one hearing and I have bought many copies for friends and play it all the time, the music is heavenly and happy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2011
I love the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, (which is neither petite nor solennelle, but long and joyous) and I bought this to help me learn the choruses. I thought that, contrary to some of the reviews I have read, the choir sang well; I particularly enjoyed the Sanctus. However, I did not enjoy listening to the soloists at all. The soprano and alto have very strong, almost forced voices, and would be better off in a Wagner production, while the tenor sounds very strangled. I would rather try another recording if I were choosing again.
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on 20 July 2015
This is an excellent recording with a star cast. Well worth the, relatively, low price. Good dynamic range and we'll balanced sound.
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on 31 December 2012
Beautiful Rossini. A mass that you will love if you like opera. Fantastic conductor, excellent performance and very good recording.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2014
Many years ago(early wild years!) watching a great movie(,inspired by Maria Callas and her tragic death)I heard the piano part of Agnus Dei.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oapv4ybSfwc

I had no idea what it was but at that very moment I fell in ecstatic love with that 30 seconds piano!!!It was in my ears and my soul day and night! I become obsessed with it!!
Nobody seemed to know.Musicians ,music lovers,nobody!
After years with the help of a gentle viewer, I was blessed to meet it.
It was this Agnus Dei,this version with the piano,the classic, austere choir , the dramatic sopranos and the latin text.

Maybe(and if something,anything sounds sarcastic here,I apologise,not my intention at all!) the choir and the piano do not work together. .Maybe the soloists are sometimes out of tune(are they?),maybe children would not sing in Latin.
Maybe the sopranos-choir combination is not perfect,maybe these sopranos are good for opera ,maybe analysis is overestimated,maybe rules are overestimated..maybe..

But I,
I the ignorant,
("I, Tiresias ,though blind,throbbing between two lives,perceived the scene")

I have the Agnus Dei of my life!
Lord what a bliss!

Para nobis pacem ,Domine!
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on 26 March 2013
Bought as a gift for a choir member, and apparently it is an excellent guide as the choir are rehearsing this number.
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