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Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - Les Pages & Les Chantres De La Chapelle

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Stabat Mater and Neapolitan music for the celebration of the Seven Words of Christ in the Cross
Les Pages & Les Chantres De La Chapelle
Patrizia Bovi, soprano
Pino de Vittrio, ténor
Bernard Arrietta, basse
Olivier Schneebeli, director

Le Poéme Harmonique
Vincent Dumestre, director

Alpha Productions has tried to recreate, as accurately as possible, the kind of real performance of the Stabat Mater in the context of a Naples procession. In association with the Centre of Baroque Music of Versailles, the recording features the finest young ensembles and musicians in France today. The recording sets in a magical context and extraordinary new vision of the Stabat Mater in eighteenth-century Naples and Paris, the two capitals of European music. The CD is beautifully packaged with 22 pages of extensive liner notes and libretto in English and French. Enjoy!

Product Details

  • Composer: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alpha Productions
  • ASIN: B0000AOKO7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,687,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I originally bought this CD not so much for the Pergolesi as for the accompanying material--eighteenth-century folk polyphony; I've since fallen in love with Schneebeli's rendition of the Stabat Mater also. The idea of the CD is to provide two sorts of cultural and musical contexts for Pergolesi's masterpiece: the Stabat Mater as sung, in simple polyphonic settings, by Southern Italian confraternities; and a sample of the instrumental music that Pergolesi found himself surrounded by. I'm not sure whether these elements really gel into an artistic whole--although the booklet notes by Dinko Fabris are highly informative. But each of the components is very worthwhile in and of itself. The singers performing the folk polyphonies are associated with Micrologus/ Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, two ensembles that have been producing outstanding discs in the Opus 111 series "Tesori di Napoli". And the "Pages et chantres de la Chapelle" of Versailles--a small choir of children's and men's voices--deliver an astonishingly beautiful, polished performance of Pergolesi. Each of the several solo voices is fully convincing, as is the choir as a whole. I'm especially impressed with the young countertenors, as a group and individually. Highly recommended.
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