A Sensitive Account
Choral music by Rossini, Elgar and Handel,
appreciated by MIKE WHEELER
The blend of deeply-felt religious sentiment and aura of fashionable Parisian salons that is Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle has not always been easy to get into perspective. It works best as originally conceived, for twelve solo voices, but as Derby Choral Union's performance showed (Derby Cathedral, Derby, UK, 17 April 2010), it can also respond to the large choir treatment.
The big moments, like the openings of the Gloria and Credo, were full of confidence, and the choir also projected the quiet intensity of the more intimate passages effectively...
Copyright © 21 April 2010