Rossini: Petite Messe Solonnelle

Date:
Saturday 20 June 2020, 7:30pm

Location:
All Saints, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3ED

Christopher Finch – conductor
Nigel Nash – piano

Our season concludes with excerpts from Rossini’s final masterpiece, the Petite Messe Solonnelle and Pizzetti’s Messa di Requiem.

Famously coined by the composer as the ’last of my sins of old age‘, the Petite Messe Solonnelle is Rossini at his very best, replete with catchy melodies, harmonic ingenuity and a great deal of with and beauty. It isn’t as small as the title suggests and it wasn’t intended for a church but for a salon in a Paris townhouse, which is why the scoring is so unexpected: two pianos and a harmonium.

Pizetti’s Messa di Requiem is one of the great masterpieces of modern unaccompanied choral music, perfectly setting the despair and hope of the Catholic Mass for the Dead. Written in memory of his late wife, it was published in 1922, just a year after Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor, a piece with which it is often compared.

Haydn: The Creation

Date:
Saturday 21 March 2020, 7:30pm

Location:
St George’s, Bristol, BS1 5RR

Christopher Finch – conductor

Bristol Ensemble: Roger Huckle, Leader

”When I think of God, I can write only cheerful music“ said Joseph Haydn. So when he turned to the greatest story of all time, his imagination simply bubbled over. With text from the book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise LostThe Creation is filled with lively melodies, blockbuster choruses and a generous spirit that finds room for both angels and earthworms.

Inspired by his trips to England, where he first hear Handel’s oratorios performed with huge choral and orchestral forces, The Creation is widely considered to be Haydn’s crowning masterpiece.

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