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Gossec's Grande Messe des Morts

Penny Gore introduces a complete performance of Gossec's Grande Messe des Morts given by Les Siecles and conductor Francois-Xavier Roth in Vienna in 2016.

Penny Gore introduces a complete performance of François-Joseph Gossec's Grande Messe des Morts recorded in Vienna last year. It's performed by Wiener Singakademie with Les Siècles and conducted by François-Xavier Roth.

Gossec was an important influence on in 19th century France, developing the symphonic form and later writing music for the Revolutionary regimes. This large scale work, written in 1760, is said to have have been a precursor to the later Requiem composed by Berlioz.

2:00pm
François-Joseph Gossec
Grande Messe des morts

Chantal Santon-Jeffrey (soprano)
Anaik More (mezzo-soprano)
Pascal Bourgeois (tenor)
Jean-Marc Salzmann (baritone)
Wiener Singakademie
Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth (conductor).

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • François-Joseph Gossec

    Messe des Morts, RH 501

    Choir: Vienna Singakademie. Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
  • Giovanni Benedetto Platti

    Cello Sonata No 6 in F

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Performer: Jonathan Cohen.
    • BBC recording, 10th October 2011.

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