Puccini: Messa di Gloria, etc.

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Messa di Gloria

Preludio Sinfonico


Gunnar Lundberg (baritone), Antonello Palombi (tenor)

Hungarian Operetta Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Chorus, Pier Giorgio Morandi



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Giacomo Puccini: Messa di Gloria

Kyrie eleison

Gloria in excelsis

Gratias agimus tibi

Qui tollis peccata mundi

Quoniam tu solus sanctus

Cum Sancto Spiritu

Credo in unum Deum

Et incarnatus est


Et resurrexit



Agnus Dei

Giacomo Puccini: Preludio Sinfonico

Preludio Sinfonico

Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi


Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“This recording is to be preferred to Antonio Pappano's very fine account on EMI – and it's not just a question of price. If the recorded sound isn't as opulent as EMI's, it's very clear and lets in the light. If the dynamic contrasts aren't so big, they're also rather more refined.
Generally Giorgio Morandi prefers slightly faster speeds, though not so fast as Pappano when he really gets up some steam in the last sections of the Gloria. But in context Morandi brings out the inherent excitement very effectively and naturally whereas Pappano underlines it. With Pappano the majestic Verdian unisons of the 'Qui tollis' broaden like a great smile across a large face: it's grand fun but tends towards vulgarity. Of the work as a whole, Morandi and his forces give a more youthful performance. There's an easy lightness of step (the Gloria sets off with a dance). The chorus is particularly fresh in tone and response, and the tenor soloist, Antonello Palombi, is more gracefully lyrical and Italianate in timbre than either Alagna (with Pappano) or his predecessor Carreras (with Scimone). The baritone is less apt and certainly no match for Hampson (Pappano) or Prey (Scimone); musical nevertheless, and blending well with his colleague in the AgnusDei. In the string piece, Crisantemi, Morandi's somewhat quicker tempo, still answering to the marking andante mesto, is welcome, keeping mawkishness at bay and limiting the over-exposure of rather thin material.”

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