Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Requiem K 626 – Giovanni Paisiello: Mass for the coronation of Napoleon
Florie Valiquette & Chantal Santon-Jeffery (soprano), Éléonore Pancrazi (mezzo-soprano), Sahy Ratia (ténor), Thomas Dolié (baritone)
Chœur de Chambre de Namur / Le Concert de la Loge
Musical direction : Julien Chauvin
Rediscovered in the 1960s in the archives of the Tuileries Libraries, Paisiello's Mass for the Coronation of Napoleon by Paisiello remains a rarity to this day. Better known for his catalog of opera buffa, the Neapolitan Paisiello had a European career from his title of official composer of the court of Catherine II of Russia, to that of Ferdinand IV in Naples to that of master of the Chapel of Napoleon . It is therefore quite natural that the future Emperor ordered two pieces from him, a Te Deum and a Mass, intended to be given during his Coronation to Notre Dame on December 2, 1804. It is a page of luminous classicism, making alternate majesty of choral parts and flamboyance of solo passages with a willingly brilliant coloratura. Paisiello and Mozart met in Italy and Vienna and are known to have mutual respect for each other. The strings stand of the Gloria of Paisiello's Mass is also not without resonating with certain passages of Mozart's Requiem, a page that Paisiello no doubt did not know but which had left behind a disturbing memory that two centuries of legend have still grown.
COPRODUCTION Palazzetto Bru Zane / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées As part of the 9th Palazzetto Bru Zane Festival Paris
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris (FR)