Quink Vocal Ensemble

Petite Messe Solennelle

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917215724
Catnr: CC 72157
Release date: 03 April 2006
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Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72157
Release date
03 April 2006

About the album

Rossini was a very popular composer in the 19th century, the Petite Messe premiered very successfully on 14 March 1864 in Paris. Only few Concerts for this kind of Choral music have been written.

The Quink Ensemble is one of the best a-capella ensembles in the world, their repertoire includes a cappella works ranging from the early Renaissance to contemporary music 

Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle uitgevoerd door 8 koppig gemengd koor
Op dit album staat de originele versie van Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle uit 1863, uitgevoerd door het Nederlandse Quinck Ensemble. Deze opnames lagen bijna twee jaar op de plank en het leek erop dat ze niet uitgegeven zouden worden. Gelukkig was het Nederlandse label Challenge Classisc hiertoe bereid, want deze uitvoering van Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle is absoluut de moeite waard om te beluisteren.

De instrumentale en vocale bezetting op dit album komt overeen met die op de première van Rossini’s werk op 14 maart 1864 in Parijs, die zeer succesvol was. Twee piano's en een harmonium begeleiden het koor dat uit 8 personen bestaat. Dat is het enige verschil met het koor van Rossini dat uit 12 zangers bestond, als verwijzing naar de 12 apostelen. 

Het Quinck Ensemble valt op door een mooie koorklank en bijzondere programmeringen. Hun repertoire omvat veelal a cappella werken van de vroege Renaissance tot aan de hedendaagse muziek.




Quink has, since their debut in 1978, rapidly captured a place of its own on the international concert scene. The group, consisting of five young, professional singers, has developed a special style which features many different aspects of a cappella music.

Quink’s repertoire is varied, presenting a cappella music of the Renaissance and Baroque as well as works by Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary composers. The five singers are well-acquainted with folk song and close harmony; they mostly conclude their performances with some lighter arrangements. Quink has introduced many new works of both established and modern masters; a number of contemporary Dutch, German and American compositions have been dedicated especially to Quink.
Since 1985 Quink has made several successful tours through the United States, and in the spring of 1987, the quintet made a tour through Italy where they received a warm and enthusiastic welcome.

Nowadays the group visited the United States more than 40 times, performing over 300 concerts. Other tours included Canada, the Middle East and Far East. QUINK passes on its skills of a cappella singing by often performing in workshops and masterclasses and teaching choirs, groups and individuals.The five versatile musicians strive to authenticity the way they perform the different styles of music. If necessary QUINK joins forces with instrumental specialists of the relevant era, always in one-voice-per-part performances.

Since the recording of the Vaughan Williams/Finzi CD, QUINK has made many more CD’s, of which Challenge International Records has released the last few.



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