Thursday, 22 May 2008

102. Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Stabat Mater (1736)


Title: Stabat Mater/ Salve Regina
Performers: Jorg Waschinski, Michael Chance
Director: Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Year: 2003
Length: 43 minutes


Now we go back to religious music after a little hiatus, but there is some difference to it here, one can tell that Pergolesi is trying to do something different here, but not different enough.

Pergolesi brings elements of opera and profane music into the world of sacred vocal works, it is an interesting transition that makes this recording a worthy one, but then it is a bit top heavy with a great first movement, and lags quite a bit in the middle.

Pergolesi died when he was my age, 26, and had he lived many good things could have come from him, this is a promising work, but nothing that blows me out of the water. Still, an interesting and influential work that is worth listening to more than having in your library.

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From Wikipedia:

Pergolesi also wrote sacred music, including a Mass in F. It is his Stabat Mater (1736), however, for male soprano, male alto and orchestra, which is his best known sacred work. It was commissioned by the Confraternità dei Cavalieri di San Luigi di Palazzo (the monks of the brotherhood of San Luigi di Palazzo) as a replacement for the rather old-fashioned one by Alessandro Scarlatti for identical forces which had been performed each Good Friday in Naples. Whilst classical in scope, the opening section of the setting demonstrates Pergolesi's mastery of the Italian baroque 'durezze e ligature' style, characterized by numerous suspensions over a faster, conjunct bassline. The work remained popular, becoming the most frequently printed work of the 18th century, and being arranged by a number of other composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach, who used it as the basis for his psalm Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083.

Stabat Mater (1st movement):

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