Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

by Olivier Schneebeli


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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

This recording attempts to recreate a historic performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, one heard by Charles de Brosses, an important figure in eighteenth century French cultural life who visited Naples in 1739. It opens with an intonation of the "Stabat Mater" chant, followed by an anonymous Tarantella on the "Stabat Mater," an anonymous three-voice setting of the "Stabat Mater," an instrumental concerto by Francesco Durante (that may or may not have anything to do with the "Stabat Mater"), a plainchant hymn setting of the "Stabat Mater," and -- finally -- a climactic performance of Pergolesi's "m"asterpiece. As a concept it is already interesting, but the recording doesn't rest on those laurels. Olivier Schneebeli leading Les Pages & Les Chantres de la Chappelle and Le Poème Harmonique with soloists Patrizia Bovi, Pino de Vittorio, and Bernard Arrieta, deliver a wonderful reading of the entire program, one that is gratifyingly attentive to the non-headlining works. Ranging from doleful austerity to passionately dramatic, thier work is immersive and creates a true sense of place and occasion. Alpha's sound is transparent and luxurious.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2004
Label: Alpha Productions
UPC: 3760014190094
catalogNumber: 9
Rank: 251762


  1. Stabat Mater, intonation
  2. Tarantella (Naples)
  3. Stabat Mater à trois voix (MS Monopoli in alteration with MS Santoro)
  4. Concerto No. 4 in E minor
  5. Stabat Mater (MS Menus Plaisirs du Roi)
  6. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major

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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This disc should have lasted less. Much of a mess is made of the anonymous intonations of the Stabat. It should have been enough with the first intonation, before the inmortal work of Pergolesi. But it is not enough for Dumestre (Schneebeli is just the choral conductor). He includes more chants and intonations. They are simply boring. I count 15 minutes that should never have been included. But let`s go to the heart of this programme: the Stabat Mater. Like making a cake, just mix the components: 1- generally swift tempi, occasionally mixed with slow ones, 2-One-to-a-part instrumetal writing, sounding like chamber music. This is a very wellcome intimate concept. The playing is the best I have ever heard 3-The most delicious continuo playing ever recorded. With organ plus several finger-plucked instruments played with consummate creativity, it makes essential listening 4-No-women singing. Soprano: boys alto: countertenors 5-Choral. Yes, choral. Some duo numbers sang by the soprano and alto section of choir others, by soloists 6-Great, grat vitality and ornamentation Add this and you will have a great, great cake. Enjoy this, please. And please don`t forget the brief but delicious concerto by Durante.