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Colin Touchin conductor Katy Hamilton & Peter Siepmann pianos James Williams harmonium Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle The remarkably adventurous and prolific Rossini almost retired from composing when illness plagued him in middle age, but following 15 years in Italy, he returned to Paris in 1855 where his health and humour recovered and he felt moved to write some 150 smaller works than the great operas of his youth. This quaintly titled "little solemn mass” setting has many charms and was originally intended for just 12 singers for private salon performance. Rossini preferred none of these last works to have been published, calling them generally his "sins of old age". Thankfully for the many singers and audiences who love this fulfilling miniature masterpiece, the music has been passed down to posterity for all to enjoy.