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Masses by Opera Composers

Aled Jones introduces masses by composers better known from the glamour of the Italian Grand Opera stage - Puccini, Rossini, Mascagni and others. Plus Bernstein's theatrical Mass.

Aled Jones is joined by composer and conductor Francesco Ciluffo to introduce a selection of masses by composers better known from the glitz and glamour of the world of Italian Grand Opera: Puccini, Rossini, Mascagni and others. The programme also pays tribute to the late explorer and composer David Fanshawe, and delves into the heady explosion of sounds, ritual and politics of Leonard Bernstein's theatre piece, "Mass".

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Messa Solennelle (1833) - Cum Sancto Spiritu

    Performers: Milan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • Decca 4672802.
    • 6.
  • David Fanshawe

    African Sanctus - Kyrie: Call To Prayer

    Performers: Mu'azzin from the Muhammad Ali Mosque, Cairo, Choristers of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Neville Creed (conductor)

    • SILVA SCREEN SILKD6003.
    • 2.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Requiem - Dies Irae

    Performers: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Miguel Angel Gomez-Martinez

    • ORFEO C172881.
    • 5.
  • Luigi Cherubini

    Requiem in C Minor - Pie Jesu

    Performers: Ambrosian Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)

    • CDC7496782.
    • 1.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Petite Messe Solennelle (original version): Credo, Crucifixus (alto solo), Et Resurrexit,

    Performers: Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Hilary Summers (alto), Andrew Tortise (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass), Gary Cooper, Matthew Halls (19th century pianos), Mark Williams (harmonium), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA67570.
    • 11 to 14.
  • Pietro Mascagni

    Messa Di Gloria - Kyrie

    Performers: Iorio Zennario (tenor), Pietro Spagnoli (bass), Ensemble Seicentonuovocento / Flavio Colusso

    • MUSICAIMMAGINE MR10001.
    • 1.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Messa - Sanctus + Benedictus, Agnus Dei,

    Performers: Roberto Alagna (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone), London Symphony Orchestra + Chorus, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

    • EMI CDC5571592.
    • 15 to 17.
  • Carlo Coccia

    Lacrimosa

    Performers: Gabriela Beova-Cap (soprano), Prague Philharmonic Choir + Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling (conductor)

    • Haenssler Classic, CD98.402.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Responsorium: Libera Me - Dies Irae - Requiem Aeternam - Libera Me

    Performers: Gabriela Beova-Cap (soprano), Prague Philharmonic Choir + Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling (conductor)

    • Haenssler Classic, CD98.402.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Mass - Prayer For The Congregation: Chorale - Almighty Father, Gloria, Gospel-Sermon: God

    Performers: Jubilant Sykes (celebrant), Morgan State University Choir, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor)

    • NAXOS 855962223.

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