V2434. Quink (Dirk Luijmes, Leo Van Doeselaar, Wyneke Jordans): Petite Messe Solonnelle (Rossini). (Austria) Challenge 72157. Final sealed copy. - 608917215724
“Since Quink's début in 1978, this remarkable Dutch vocal ensemble has risen to the top of its field and is invited to perform on prestigious concert series around the world. These five professional singers have developed a unique sound which allows them to illustrate with style and expressiveness the great variety of a cappella music. Quink's repertoire varies widely and consists of a cappella music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, as well as works by Romantic composers. The ensemble often performs folk song and close harmony arrangements and it concludes its performances with lighter arrangements. Quink has introduced many new works both of established and modern masters. A number of contemporary Dutch, German and American compositions have been dedicated to Quink.
In 1983 Quink received its first international recognition when the group was named finalist in a major European music competition. Since then they have been invited to perform in important concert series at home and abroad. The ensemble is often heard on radio, and is frequently invited to appear on national and international TV. Quink is a welcome guest at music festivals all over the world. Quink's first United States tour in 1985 was so artistically successful that it often tours the U.S. twice a year. Quink made its Italian début tour in 1987. In the spring of 1998, Quink appeared in festivals in Tel Aviv and Singapore.
Rossini's ‘Little Solemn Mass’, which the composer famously called ‘neither little, nor more than intermittently solemn’, was nevertheless a great success at its premiere in Paris on 14 March, 1864, by which time the famous opera composer was already long ‘retired’, though he continued to write in non-operatic genres. Rossini was 71 when he wrote it, and it was to be his last large composition. The other small songs and piano pieces he created were published under the ironic title of ‘Peches de vieillesse’ – (Sins of My Old Age). The first version was scored for two pianos, harmonium, and twelve voices….Within three years Rossini had responded to requests for an orchestration; this version for large ensemble was not given until after the composer's death, at the Theatre Italien in Paris, on 24 February, 1869.”