Gioachino Rossini (29.02.1792 – 13.11.1868) was an Italian composer who gained fame chiefly for his thirty-nine operas; the most popular of which is Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). He also wrote many songs, some chamber music, including his six delightful string sonatas, piano pieces, and some sacred music including the Stabat Mater and the Petite Messe solennelle.
We have chosen to include in our collection an unsurpassed recording of this work that we believe should be in every record library.
Rossini: Petite Messe solennelle
Mirella Freni (soprano), Lucia Valentini-Terrani (mezzo), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Ruggero Raimondi (bass), Pilar Lorengar (soprano), Yvonne Minton (mezzo), Hans Sotin (bass), London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész (conductor)