Stabat Mater

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Overview

Profoundly haunted by the death of a close friend in an automobile accident, Parisian composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) took a sojourn to the shrine of the Black Madonna in Rocamadour, south France, a site notorious for its inexplicable muse-like inspiration on numerous authors of classical compositions. Forever transformed by the shrine's aesthetic and atmospheric effect on his spirit, Poulenc authored the "Stabat Mater," a stirring, triumphant, and impassioned work that he created for chorus and orchestra. ...
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Overview

Profoundly haunted by the death of a close friend in an automobile accident, Parisian composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) took a sojourn to the shrine of the Black Madonna in Rocamadour, south France, a site notorious for its inexplicable muse-like inspiration on numerous authors of classical compositions. Forever transformed by the shrine's aesthetic and atmospheric effect on his spirit, Poulenc authored the "Stabat Mater," a stirring, triumphant, and impassioned work that he created for chorus and orchestra. The Stabat Mater release includes a performance of the title piece by several Cambridge choral groups including The Choir of St. John's College, The Choir of Clare College, The Choir of Gonville College, and The Choir of Caius College -- all accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with Christopher Robinson conducting. Two additional classical performances in this release include the aforementioned Clare Choir, Gonville Choir, and Caius Choir performing "Litanies à la Vierge Noir" as conducted by Geoffrey Webber, and "Quatre Motets pour un temps de pénitence" as conducted by Timothy Brown.
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Special Features

Virtual visit to the shrine of the Black Madonna of Rocamadour with music by James Whitbourn inspired by Poulenc's Stabat Mater; Illustrated booklet with in-depth article on Poulenc, Rocamadour, and Black Madonnas in English, French, and German; Documentary -- leading experts explain why the Black Madonna has always been such an enigmatic source of inspiration, particularly for musicians; Full texts in sung language with English translations
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • UPC: 809478000174
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Deutsche
  • Time: 1:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 88,733

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judith Howarth Soprano
Technical Credits
Ferenc van Damme Director
Hans Petri Producer
Francis Poulenc Score Composer
James Whitbourn Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Stabat Mater Dolorosa [3:50]
2. Cujus Animam Gementem [1:15]
3. O Quam Tristis [2:49]
4. Quae Moerebat [1:21]
5. Quis Est Homo [1:28]
6. Vidit Suum [3:32]
7. Eja Mater [1:19]
8. Fac Ut Ardeat [2:33]
9. Sancta Mater [3:10]
10. Fac Ut Portem [3:30]
11. Inflammatus Et Accensus [2:03]
12. Quando Corpus [5:49]
1. Timor et Tremor [2:47]
2. Vinea Mea Electa [3:36]
3. Tenebrae Factae Sunt [3:57]
4. Tristis Est Anima Mea [3:46]
Side #2 --
1. Stabat Mater Dolorosa [3:50]
2. Cujus Animam Gementem [1:15]
3. O Quam Tristis [2:49]
4. Quae Moerebat [1:21]
5. Quis Est Homo [1:28]
6. Vidit Suum [3:32]
7. Eja Mater [1:19]
8. Fac Ut Ardeat [2:33]
9. Sancta Mater [3:10]
10. Fac Ut Portem [3:30]
11. Inflammatus Et Accensus [2:03]
12. Quando Corpus [5:49]
1. Timor et Tremor [2:47]
2. Vinea Mea Electa [3:36]
3. Tenebrae Factae Sunt [3:57]
4. Tristis Est Anima Mea [3:46]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Extras
      Play Black Madonna Documentary
      Play Black Madonna Documentary With Subtitles
      Play Virtual Visit to the Rocamadour
   Play Stabat Mater
   Stabat Mater Chapter Index
   Play Motets
   Motets Chapter Index
   Litanies
   Audio
      Stereo
      Surround 4.0
Side #2 --
   Extras
      Play Black Madonna Documentary
      Play Black Madonna Documentary With Subtitles
      Play Virtual Visit to the Rocamadour
   Play Stabat Mater
   Stabat Mater Chapter Index
   Play Motets
   Motets Chapter Index
   Litanies
   Audio
      Stereo
      Surround 4.0
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    Poulenc's Stabat mater, Litanies a la Vierge Noire, and Quatre Motets pour un Temps de Penitence are performed by beautifully prepared English Choirs (plus the BBC Philharmonic in the Stabat Mater). The performances are first-rate; picture and sound quality are excellent. Get this one.

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