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Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina / Rousset, Scholl, Bonney


Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466134   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Andreas SchollBarbara Bonney
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It would be hard to imagine a better assemblage of performers than those gathered for this recording, and the result is perfection.

Pergolesi’s sublime setting of the Stabat mater, a 13th-century text that was accepted as part of the Catholic liturgy only in 1727, was written at the end of his brief life (he died in 1736 at the age of 26) and suggests that had he lived longer his name might be as familiar as Vivaldi. Rossini, in particular, admired it to such an extent that he was reluctant to accept the commission for his own setting (1842) on the grounds that it could never equal Pergolesi’s.

It would be hard to imagine a better assemblage of performers than those gathered for this recording, and the
Read more result is perfection. Scholl’s voice is miraculously pure, focused and beautiful. And compared, say, to his 1995 recording of Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, it has acquired a dramatic depth and shed its slightly antiseptic quality. It is impeccably complemented by Bonney’s lighter, brighter tone and equally graceful, sincere and unmannered interpretation. Properly, they never exaggerate or overplay the gravity and melancholy of the texts, leaving one in no doubt as to the spiritual and emotional essence of the work. Christophe Rousset inspires superlative playing from the young Lyon-based period-instrument ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, revealing every exquisite detail, layer and texture of the score. An outstanding achievement.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Claire Wrathall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Pozzuoli, Italy 
2.
Salve Regina in F minor by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Italy 
3.
Salve Regina in A minor by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Italy 

Sound Samples

Stabat Mater: 1. Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater: 2. Cujus animam
Stabat Mater: 3. O quam tristis
Stabat Mater: 4. Quae moerabat
Stabat Mater: 5. Quis est homo
Stabat Mater: 6. Vidit suum
Stabat Mater: 7. Eia Mater
Stabat Mater: 8. Fac ut ardeat
Stabat Mater: 9. Sancta Mater
Stabat Mater: 10. Fac ut portem
Stabat Mater: 11. Inflammatus
Stabat Mater: 12. Quando corpus - Amen
Salve Regina in F minor: 1. Salve Regina
Salve Regina in F minor: 2. Ad te clamamus
Salve Regina in F minor: 3. Eia ergo, advocata nostra
Salve Regina in F minor: 4. Et Jesum
Salve Regina in F minor: 5. O clemens
Salve Regina in A minor - Edited by Robert King: 1. Salve Regina
Salve Regina in A minor - Edited by Robert King: 2. Ad te clamamus
Salve Regina in A minor - Edited by Robert King: 3. Eia ergo, advocata nostra
Salve Regina in A minor - Edited by Robert King: 4. O clemens

Customer Reviews

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 glorious music May 2, 2013 By Victoria S. (Coronado, CA) See All My Reviews "This is the sort of music that seems too gorgeous to be legal. The voices of Barbara Bonney and Andreas Scholl meld beautifully. I admit to not being a particular fan of countertenors, but Mr Scholl's voice here is so smooth, so luscious, that he won me over. I cannot imagine a better rendition of this work." Report Abuse
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