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Messa per Rossini

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Item #:  D4166
Our Price: $29.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 152 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031416697
ISBN: 0-7697-8406-2

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Musical Director Helmuth Rilling directs a requiem for Gioacchino Rossini composed by 13 Italian composers in 1869.

Immediately following Rossini's death in 1868, Verdi wrote to the publisher Ricordi, "To honor Rossini's memory, I would very much like the best composers in Italy to write a requiem mass, which should be performed on the anniversary of Rossini's death." Verdi's noble plan required each of the composers to contribute a movement, to be performed on the anniversary of Rossini's death in the church of San Petronio in Bologna.

All was prepared for performance but the political and cultural climate in the newly-unified Italy led to the project being abandoned. The music remained in the vaults of Casa Ricordi until 1986 when the Messa per Rossini was rediscovered. The work was recreated and the public world premiere held in September 1988 as the closing performance at the European Music Festival in Stuttgart, conducted by Professor Helmuth Rilling.

Shot in Germany and Italy, this documentary follows the history of the creation of the Messa per Rossini, focusing on Verdi's efforts to create a lasting tribute to the composer he so much admired.


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Cast & Crew

Gabriela Benackova, soprano
Florence Quivar, mezzo soprano
James Wagner, tenor
Alexandru Agache, baritone
Aage Haugland, bass

Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart
The Prague Philharmonia Choir
The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

Musical Director: Helmuth Rilling

A recording from the Evangelische Stadtkirche in Ellwangen, Wurttemberg.

Music by:
Verdi • Buzzolla • Bazzini • Pedrotti
Cagnioni • Ricci • Nini • Boucheron • Coccia
Gaspari • Platania • Rossi • Mabellini

Executive Producer: Manfred Kahmann
Producer: Hartmut Schottler
Director for Television: Hugo Kach

Producer: Bernd Hellthaler
Director: Gabriele Faust

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