Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Thursday 22 October, 7.30pm (doors at 7pm)
St Andrew Holborn.
Constanza Chorus performs Rossini’s wonderful and uplifting Petite Messe Solennelle, with piano and harmonium alongside soloists Katherine Crompton, Carris Jones, Thomas Elwin and Edward Grint.
Following a hugely successful career as an opera composer, Rossini retired to Paris, where he moved in fashionable Parisian circles and hosted musical salons for which he composed chamber music he referred to as his “péchés de vieillesse” (sins of old age). This mass, which he described as the last of his sins of old age, seems to be a culmination of Rossini’s musical life: at one moment it is a salon chamber work, the next a grand opera, and then an oratorio of heart-felt religiosity.