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Boccherini: Stabat Mater, G. 532 - Mendelssohn: Salve Regina / Mields, Salagon Quartet

Release Date: 04/28/2017 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83470  
Composer:  Luigi BoccheriniWolfgang Amadeus MozartFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dorothee MieldsMiriam Shalinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salagon Quartett
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although vocal music accounts for only a small part of Luigi Boccherini’s works, his Stabat Mater G. 532 is one of the most exquisite settings of this sequence from the 13th century. The first version is recorded here; it is scored for soprano and string quartet and dates from 1781. It captivates the listener by the intimacy of Boccherini’s musical language which is particularly suited to the contemplative poetry depicting Mary’s anguish during her son’s crucifixion. One could wish for no better performer of this subtle sacred music than the incomparable Dorothee Mields; she is accompanied by the Salagon Quartet augmented by double bass. The recording is complemented by Mozart’s String Quartet in E flat major KV 428 and the Salve Regina by Read more Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: composed in 1824, it is frequently considered one of the youthful composer’s best works. Read less

Works on This Recording

Stabat mater in G minor, Op. 61/G 532 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano), Miriam Shalinsky (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salagon Quartett
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Spain 
Quartet for Strings no 16 in E flat major, K 428 (421b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salagon Quartett
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Salve Regina in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano), Miriam Shalinsky (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salagon Quartett
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1824; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Universal tragedy on a tiny dramatic stage June 1, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The 13th Century poem on which the Stabat Mater is based is really extraordinary. It's a sad and beautiful contemplation of Christ's crucifixion by Mary, probably written by Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306). Setting this solemn text to music provides emotional opportunities, though in a limited dramatic range due to its personal devotional character. This is a universal human tragedy with the most important themes, but in a tiny dramatic space. The great international fame of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater setting in the first half of the 1700s was due, I think, to this intensely personal character of both text and music. Boccherini's setting, from 1781, was written for soprano and a string quintet. The chamber quality and its highly emotional writing place it under Pergolesi's influence. Though the composer produced a new version with more complex scoring and additional material, the original one is my favourite, due to this intimacy and numinous character. Here is the hopeful final verse of the Boccherini's, the Quando corpus. Quando corpus morietur, fac, ut animae donetur paradisi gloria. Amen. While my body here decays, may my soul Thy goodness praise, safe in paradise with Thee. Amen. The musicians on the present disc give an inspired performance of the work. Soprano Dorothee Mields has a warm and sweet sound that emerges in an open and unforced manner; she navigates the dramatic, virtuoso passages without undermining the intimate effect. The enhanced Salagon Quartett provide sensitive support. I actually preferred their playing in the Boccherini to their Mozart String Quartet K. 428, which I thought was a trifle under-characterized. The slight Salve Regina by the teen-aged Mendelssohn is a nice bonus; it's an accomplished piece, though without the emotional complexity of the other two works." Report Abuse
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