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Choral Classics - Stabat Mater

Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94385  
Composer:  Giovanni Battista PergolesiGiovanni PalestrinaAntonio VivaldiFranz Joseph Haydn,   ... 
Performer:  Timothy BrownJulia BishopAngharad Gruffydd JonesJoanna Levine,   ... 
Conductor:  Timothy BrownPieter-Jan LeusinkFrieder BerniusVácláv Smetácek,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College ChoirNetherlands Bach Society ChoirWürttemberg Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Religion has long been the inspiration behind many works of art, and after the Passions – which narrate the story of the Crucifixion as recorded in the Gospels – the Stabat Mater dolorosa stands as the second most impor- tant genre connected to Easter. Based on a poem used as a sequence and hymn in the Roman liturgy, it reflects on the suffering of Mary during Jesus’s execution.

This release is dedicated to some of the most famous settings of the Stabat mater, revealing the genre’s varying treatment by composers over the centuries. From Palestrina’s effective use of polyphony to Pergolesi’s unusually sparse instrumental accompaniment and lack of chorus, we move forward in time to contributions by Vivaldi and Haydn, the latter
Read more of whom employs daring harmonies in order to heighten the text’s depictions of pain and anguish. Dvorák is next to follow, with Boccherini’s stirring chamber setting rounding off the compilation; though proba- bly conceived in response to the death of his children, the former composer’s work features music that is largely secular and symphonic in design, thus comparable to the structure of a Romantic oratorio.

These compositions rank among some of the most famous and affecting music ever composed. The compilation makes for a fascinating journey through the history of sacred choral composition, detailing many an inspiring performance along the way; a fantastic addition to Brilliant Classics’ comprehensive library of choral music.

• Famous settings of the Stabat Mater dolorosa.
• Sung texts available on www.brilliantclassics.com. Read less

Works on This Recording

Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Timothy Brown (Organ), Julia Bishop (Violin), Angharad Gruffydd Jones (Soprano),
Joanna Levine (Cello), Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor), Joanna Parker (Violin),
Peter Whiskin (Viola), Mark Levy (Viol)
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Pozzuoli, Italy 
Stabat Mater by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Leusink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Length: 16 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Stabat Mater, H 20 bis by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Stabat Mater, Op. 58/B 71 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Stefania Woytowicz (Soprano), Vera Soukupová (Mezzo Soprano), Ivo Zidek (Tenor),
Kim Borg (Bass)
Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1877; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 98 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Stabat mater in G minor, Op. 61/G 532 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Barbara Vignudelli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Flavio Emilio Scogna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Benedetto Marcello Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Spain 
Length: 45 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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