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Work: Petite messe solennelle

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ComposerRossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeChoral
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ReimsClôture : Petite messe solennelle de Gioachino Rossini

Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims
Rossini: Petite messe solennelle
Orchestre National de Metz; David Reiland; Chœur Nicolas de Grigny; Jean-Marie Puissant
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Suntory Hall’s grand reopening with Rossini

Several of Tokyo’s finest collaborate in successfully delivering a re-opening concert at Suntory Hall
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Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in Greenwich

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.
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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.
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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.
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Rossini's not-so-petite Messe Solennelle with the RLPO and Ottavio Dantone

Though Rossini’s name is synonymous with 19th-century comic opera, his contribution to sacred music is not inconsiderable; a sizeable collection of masses, hymns and cantatas reach the pinnacle of their popularity in two works that still make an entertaining evening in the concert hall or church.
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