Rossini: Messa di Gloria

Rossini: Messa di Gloria

5054197234545 (Erato, CD)

FIRST RELEASE (7 October 2022)

Playing time: 61'10"
Tracks: 11
Booklet pages: 22
℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Ltd
© 2022 Parlophone Records Ltd
Main country of recording: Italy
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Rossini: Messa di Gloria published on 21 October 2022

Eleonora Buratto, soprano (tracks 4, 5 and 7)
Teresa Iervolino, mezzo-soprano (tracks 4 and 7)
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor (tracks 2, 4 and 6)
Michael Spyres, tenor (tracks 2, 8 and 9)
Carlo Lepore, bass (tracks 4, 7 and 10)
Maria Irsara, cor anglais (track 6)
Alessandro Carbonare, clarinet (track 10)
Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 11)
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Antonio Pappano, conductor

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868):

Messa di Gloria
1 Kyrie, eleison
2 Christe, eleison
3 Kyrie, eleison
4 Gloria in excelsis Deo
5 Laudamus te
6 Gratias agimus tibi
7 Domine Deus
8 Qui tollis peccata mundi
9 Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
10 Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
11 Cum Sancto Spiritu

Antonio Pappano, as Music Director of Rome's Chorus and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, has built a notable discography of Rossini on Warner Classics: the epic opera Guillaume Tell, the Stabat mater, the Petite Messe Solenelle and an album of operatic overtures. Now, with the Messa di Gloria, he expands it with the only liturgical work that Rossini wrote before his retirement in 1829 when he was just thirty-seven years old. More rarely heard than the monumental Stabat mater and the idiosyncratic Petite Messe Solenelle, the nine-movement Messa di Gloria requires five virtuosic vocal soloists. Here, three Italians – soprano Eleonora Buratto, mezzo-soprano Teresa Iervolino and bass Carlo Lepore – are joined by two Americans, Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres. Spyres describes the Messa di Gloria as 'some of the most difficult vocal writing Rossini ever penned. He really wanted to glorify the Church and the Word, showing the entire range of every single voice as he did so. It is truly bel canto at its height.'

Recorded 27-29 January 2022 at the Auditorium Parco della musica, Rome, Italy.