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Posted October 1, 2010
Haydn's setting of the Stabat Mater, which he composed early in his tenure at the Esterhazy court, is one of his more consistently mournful sacred works. Two substantial period-instrument interpretations by Pinnock and Harnoncourt are still available (the Harnoncourt as an import CD). Pinnock's version is perhaps the most powerful, and his stately tempi are significantly slower than either Burdick's or Harnoncourt's. The soloists on the Naxos recording aren't quite up to the level of the singers on the earlier discs, and this performance lacks something of (especially) the Pinnock recording's solemn elegance. But the present version offers its own rewards; the performance is spirited and light on its feet, the textures are more transparent, and the music's dance-like passages are brought out pleasingly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.