Gioachino Rossini’s “Petite Messe solennelle” was one of his last works and was composed long after his most intense creative period. He completed it next to a large variety of pieces – which he himself ironically called “sins of old age” – “… the unfortunately last sin of old age” (Rossini wrote on the inlay of his composition).
The State Youth Choir of the German district Rheinland-Pfalz invited David Holzinger to conduct this spiritual late work of his in two concerts.
The voice soloists are among the most distinguished in their field and belong to the ensembles and are guests at the Oper Frankfurt, Theater Freiburg, der Staatsoper Hamburg und der Oper Stuttgart.
The young pianist Aurelia Shimkus – “Talent of the year” and among many other distinctions, prize winner of the “Kissinger Klavierolymp” and scholarship holder of the “Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund” – is sharing the piano part with the pianist, composer and conductor Julian Mörth. On the Harmonium is Petra Morath-Pusinelli – soloist, organist and collaborative pianist of prestigious choirs and orchestras like the Bachchor Mainz and the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, as well as lecturer for collaborative piano at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz.
Gioachino Rossini – “Petite Messe solennelle”
Soprano – Katharina Ruckgaber
Mezzo Soprano – Sophie Wenzel
Tenor – Bernhard Berchtold
Bass – Johannes Kammler
Piano – Aurelia Shimkus, Julian Moerth
Harmonium – Petra Morath-Pusinelli
Dirigent – David Holzinger