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LondonPappano & Friends: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle

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Rossini: Petite messe solennelle
Sir Antonio Pappano; Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Mariangela Sicilia; Teresa Iervolino; Yijie Shi
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Prom 20: eventful all-Sibelius Prom

Thomas Dausgaard and Pekka Kuusisto © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
I’ve heard this concerto a hundred times but it’s never sounded quite like this. It was a coming home.
****1
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Bloodhoof: an Icelandic fable reconsidered in New York

Bloodhoof © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack

The unfolding of the tale was beautifully unhurried, made all the more effective by not being an updating. Underscoring connections to the current day wasn’t necessary. The contemporary reverberations were apparent.

****1
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BBC Scottish looks to the north for a gripping end to the season

Thomas Dausgaard © Thomas Grondahl
BBCSSO with Thomas Dausgaard, the Lund Male Choir and soloists gave a thrilling performance of Sibelius’ Kullervo with Finnish folk musicians joining the forces.
****1
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Myth, polkas and folksong to celebrate Finnish Independence

Anu Komsi © Maarit Kytöharju
A talented ensemble proves pays testament to the heritage, vitality and continuing inventiveness of Finnish folk music. 
*****
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Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in Greenwich

© BBC / Chris Christodoulou
The ultimate musical misnomer, Rossini's last major work is beautifully sung in the wonderful surroundings of the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
****1
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Religion behind the comedy mask: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle

That Rossini was a wag. The master of the bon mot, you suspect he probably had his tongue firmly in his cheek when he entitled his 1864 choral work the Petite Messe Solenelle.
***11
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Little but not so solemn: Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle

It is the first version of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, with piano and harmonium, that the Flemish Radio Choir and Hervé Niquet chose to perform, their fine performance demonstrating the originality and impact of this more intimate version.
***11
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