ROSSINI PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE - HARMONIUM & PIANO

SCOTT BROTHERS DUO & ROSSINI'S PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE

Jonathan Scott HARMONIUM
Tom Scott PIANO


".... not only are we in the hands of two finely tuned and highly sensitive musicians, we are experiencing effortless virtuosity."
CD Review of 'Duos for Harmonium & Piano'
*EDITOR’S CHOICE* in Organists’ Review


Scott Brothers Duo (brothers Jonathan & Tom Scott) are widely acknowledged as leading champions of music for harmonium and piano duo and they have performed Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in its original 1863 instrumentation many times. With the growing interest in historical performance practice surrounding the French pressure harmonium, many choirs hire an instrument for their Rossini performance, but even after the event, it is often the case that audience and choir members are still left unaware of how this wonderful instrument works and how versatile and important it was to major late nineteenth century composers.

Jonathan Scott provides pre-concert talks about the history of the harmonium with demonstrations from the solo harmonium repertoire. With a full and easy to understand introduction to the instrument, audiences are able to gain greater understanding and enjoyment from this extremely important and much neglected musical instrument.

The Rossini "Messe Solennelle" programme can be further enhanced with a short 'overture' by Scott Brothers Duo of music from the vast repertoire for harmonium and piano duo. This allows audiences the opportunity to hear the instruments alone, before the choir and soloists take to the stage. A selection of some of these works can be heard on Scott Brothers Duo's acclaimed CD recording DUOS FOR HARMONIUM & PIANO which combines an 1880 Mustel harmonium and a Steinway concert grand piano in original works and transcriptions by Franck, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Guilmant and Mascagni. (CLICK FOR DETAILS)

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