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Pergolesi - Stabat Mater



SKU: 29810

Year of release: 2010

Stabat Mater 37:54
1. Stabat Mater Pergolesi 03:57
2. Cujus animam gementem Pergolesi 02:27
3. O quam tristis Pergolesi 02:10
4. Quae moerebat et dolebat Pergolesi 02:15
5. Quis est homo Pergolesi 03:15
6. Vidit suum dulcem Natum Pergolesi 03:36
7. Eja Mater Pergolesi 02:14
8. Fac ut ardeat cor meum Pergolesi 02:14
9. Sancta Mater Pergolesi 05:32
10. Fac ut portem Pergolesi 03:39
11. Inflammatus et accensus Pergolesi 02:01
12. Quando corpus ? Amen Pergolesi 04:29
Flute Concerto in G major 13:03
13. Spiritoso Pergolesi 04:19
14. Largo Pergolesi 04:11
15. Allegro spiritoso Pergolesi 04:33
Sinfonia in F major for cello and continuo 07:04
16. Comodo Pergolesi 01:12
17. Allegro Pergolesi 01:47
18. Adagio Pergolesi 01:57
19. Presto Pergolesi 02:07
Salve Regina in F minor 14:26
20. Salve Regina Pergolesi 04:14
21. Ad te clamamus Pergolesi 04:36
22. Eja ergo, advocata nostra Pergolesi 01:32
23. Et Jesum Pergolesi 02:17
24. O clemens Pergolesi 01:45
Total time: 72:29

About this album

As a composer Pergolesi’s productive career began at the age of twenty, and by twenty-six (March 1736) he had died of tuberculosis. During his lifetime Pergolesi’s fame was restricted, in the main, to Rome and Naples, yet after his death, his reputation eclipsed most other composers in the second half of the eighteenth century. The whole of Europe developed an increasing curiosity for his compositions. His posthumous celebrity status was such a magnet in the music world that, hoping to reap large financial profits, publishers and opera directors alike attributed his name to hundreds of vocal and instrumental works by lesser-known composers. Following Pergolesi’s death the Stabat Mater became one of the most celebrated and frequently printed works of the 18th century.

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BBC Music Magazine

“Paradises observed in awesome quietness before a dazzling Amen” The singers are intensely sensitive in the six descriptive and six pleadingly prayerful verses of the Stabat Mater. (…) this new disc matches the competition in vocal quality and excels in the clarity of Florilegium’s single strings. Above all, the spaciousness of its surround-sound recording is often breathtaking. Shut your eyes, and your room expands to he scale of the London church where it was recorded, bathing the sound in its glorious acoustic. (…) (…) Ashley Solomon’s flute tone to create delightful transparency in this sunny concerto, while Jennifer Morches’s cello, is refreshing clear, unaffected, almost gamba-like.


de sopraan en tenor zingen heel alert en stralen tegelijkertijd rust uit. Ze houden de pathetiek eruit en zoeken de expressie in het dansante. De hoge stem is bijzonder: licht en helder, maar met een wonderlijk kruidig vleugje. De tenor is ook te horen in een mooi verzorgd Salve Regina.


Prise de son fruitée, particulièrement pour la flûte et le violoncelle L’ensemble impose une grâce délicate (…)


een stuk met een onmiskenbare magie (…) (…) Adembenemende muziek met een heel eigen stempel van een geniale componist (…)


een bijzonder subtiel stuk, dissonanten en voorbehoudingen dwingen elkaar langzaam neerwaarts. Het stuk krijgt een schitterende serene en toch van smart doortrokken uitvoering door het ensemble Florilegium, de zonnige sopraan Elin Thomas en de countertenor robin Blaze (...) Een alleraardigst fluitconcert en een voortreffelijke Sinfonia voor orkest en cello geven seculier tegenwicht.

Classic ƒM

Beauty and technical ease combine in a performance that captures Pergolesi’s subdued reverence. (...) Lesser-known instrumental works provide extra interest.

Classics Today

Here's the way I began my last review of a new recording of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater: "Just when you question the need for yet another recording of . . .(fill in the blank), you hear something-a recording such as this one-that not only erases your doubts, but also reminds you why you keep coming back for more: the performer. Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas has a lovely, clear, pleasingly bright tone and all the right stuff for Pergolesi's most lyrical and lively lines; countertenor Robin Blaze never has sounded better, his timbre warmly resonant, his technique fluid and effortless, his intelligence and thoughtful interpretive manner on impressive display-and proving a perfect match for Thomas. And speaking of instruments, also to be commended are the Florilegium instrumental players, who include the group's director, flutist Ashley Solomon, and cellist Jennifer Morsches, both of whom offer excellent additions to the program-the delightful (if doubtfully by Pergolesi!) Flute Concerto in G major and the (authentic) Sinfonia in F major for cello and continuo. (…) (…) Highly recommended (even if you already have one or two others!).


die Interpretation bleibt auf subtile weise dem Text verpflichtet und fasziniert gerade durch diese Herangehensweise, ohne an Spannung zu verliern. Den beiden perfekten Gesangssolisten und dem Countertenor gelingt eine höchst empfindsame Gestalttung


Een meesterwerk (...) (...) De sopraan en countertenor ‘matchen’ geweldig in de duetten en hebbeb iedera fzonderlijk prachtige stemmen. Het ensemble speelt met veel lucht om de instrumenten en treffen met hun ‘adem’ de sfeer perfect.


The singing and playing are superb. This disc ranks with the best versions available.

Opus Klassiek

Regelrecht meesterwerk. (…) Florilegium belicht een boeiend aspect van deze geweldige partituur.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationLondon England 2010
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerAshley Solomon, Jared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
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