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Proms at...The Chapel, Greenwich

Live from the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, a performance of Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, with the BBC Singers under chief conductor David Hill.

For this first 'Proms at ...' matinee, in the stunning chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, the BBC Singers and Chief Conductor David Hill present the Proms premiere of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle.

Live from the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
Presented by Sean Rafferty

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

Elizabeth Watts, soprano
Kathryn Rudge, mezzo-soprano
Peter Auty, tenor
James Platt, bass
Richard Pearce, harmonium
Iain Farrington, piano
BBC Singers
David Hill, conductor

"The last mortal sin of my old age" was how Rossini described his Little Solemn Mass - which, famously, is neither short nor solemn, and so influenced by the music of the opera house that even to call it a Mass seems out of place. Elaborate choruses, fabulously operatic solo writing - by turns dramatic, expressive and humorous - have made this extraordinary piece one of the icons of the 19th-century choral repertoire. In it, Rossini reflected the contrast of his own witty exterior concealing sincere religious belief. Here, joy is tinged with grief and anxiety, amid vocal writing of purity and pungency.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Grand duo concertant for clarinet and piano (Op.48) [complete]

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Brahms/Weber: Music For Clarinet And Piano Michael Collins/ Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 8.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Quintet in A major, D 667, 'The Trout' - 4th movement, Theme and Variations

    Performer: Thomas Ad├Ęs. Performer: Corina Belcea. Performer: Krzysztof Chorzelski. Performer: Alasdair Tait. Performer: Corin Long.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Rodgers

    My favourite things

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Music Arranger: Stephen Hough.
    • Nimbus.


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Performer BBC Singers


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