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Having recently reviewed Antonio Pappano’s rarely heard orchestral version, with international-level soloists and a world-class orchestra and chorus, it’s actually a relief to return to Rossini’s ‘chamber’ version of his ever-popular Petite messe solennelle. Neither little nor solemn, the Mass’s lack of solemnity is one its chief pleasures, and Tõnu Kaljuste and the eight voices of the Kirchheimer Consort find a happy balance between the serious text and the openly operatic nature of the music. Just occasionally one hankers for something a little less po-faced and less careful and contained from the solo singing. Subtle accompanying from Bucher and Gräsle.

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