Closing Concert: Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle
Kathedrale Koor St. Bavo
SoloistNikki Treurniet, sopraan
Marine Fribourg, mezzosopraan
Guy Cutting, tenor
Drew Santini, bariton
Leo van Doeselaar, piano
Wyneke Jordans, piano
Geert Bierlings, harmonium
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) Petite Messe Solennelle
The Mass That Swings
Our hero Rossini hadn’t composed a note for decades when he decided, to everybody’s surprise, to write a mass. Not to be performed in church, but for a Paris salon (the kind he frequently visited and enjoyed so much).
It became a rather worldly mass, in which women were also allowed to sing – far from common around 1870. Rossini’s mass was festive and cheerful, with piano and harmonium accompaniment instead of organ. And that is exactly the reason why conductor Béni Csillag chose the delightful and much-loved Petite Messe Solonelle. “For the final concert of the 10thKoorbiënnale, I was looking for something colourful. This is such cheerful music, with a lot of swing. It is a very emotional piece, going from dark to light, and from very fast to very calm, and back”,he says.
Béni Csillag is looking immensely forward to the collaboration between singers and instrumentalists: “A harmonium is an unusual, but lovely instrument, so fitted to a concert hall. Our performance will begin and end with the St Bavo Choir School joining our own Festival Choir. And we have anic e surprise at the very end of the mass.” The organist and pianist Leo van Doeselaar reacted spontaneously to our invitation: “Oh, how nice, that wonderful mass. I’ll never forget our performance which closed the very first Choral Biennale in 2001 - now we can do it again, and in that wonderful hall!”.
The Damask Vocal Quartet, special guests during the 2017 Choral Biennale, help coach the Festival Choir, and perform the soloists roles too.
Vocal Point Round Table with Huib Ramaer 3pm-3:30pm. Free admission on presentation of your ticket.