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Pergolesi: Stabat Mater [Import, Original recording reissued]

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi , René Jacobs , Concerto Vocale , Sebastian Hennig Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Sebastian Hennig
  • Orchestra: Concerto Vocale
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Composer: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Hmf Musique D'abord
  • ASIN: B00004TVGF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 1, 'Stabat Mater'
2. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 2, 'Cuius animam'
3. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 3, 'O quam tristis'
4. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 4, 'Quae moerebat'
5. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 5, 'Quis est homo'
6. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 6, 'Vidit suum dulcem Natum'
7. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 7, 'Eia Mater'
8. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 8, 'Fac ut ardeat'
9. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 9, 'Sancta Mater'
10. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 10, 'Fac ut portem'
11. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 11, 'Inflammatus et accensus'
12. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: No. 12, 'Quando Corpus morietur' / No. 13, 'Amen'

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance - excellent voices April 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This performance claims to be "legendary", and while I'm not so sure about that part, I was nevertheless extremely impressed with the performance. The orchestral accompaniment is close and intimate, consisting of only 2 violins, a cello, a double bass and a chamber organ. Sebastian Hennig's treble voice is simply sublime and his skill and control excellent, while Rene Jacobs has a very strong counter-tenor voice well suited to this piece. The only criticism was that on some tracks the vocals were too loud compared to the orchestral parts, although this is highly subjective and depends on your speakers as well. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Precise and marvelous August 16, 2005
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I am neither a connoisseur of baroque music nor an expert in music in general, but I base my review on an comparison between this versions and others ; take for instance Harnoncourt's (Teldec, Das alte Werk, 1994).

In one word : both interpretations are coherent. Harnoncourt : rich women voices with a lot of vibrato and contrast, the soprano often at full power ; loud orchestra. Jacobs : cristalline and precise male voices, especially the boy Henning's (more at ease in the heights than woman sopranos are), few effects, orchestra in the background, microphone close to the singers. The tempi are quicker, whereas Harnoncourt uses slower ones to make place for variations in intensity and manner.

I don't know which one is truer to the score or to its spirit, but it seems to me that Jacobs' leads as regards both musical quality and emotion conveyed.
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Listening to this music, and especially this version, brings me back to the very essence of music with a minimal instrumentation which is very well balanced with excellent voices.
Once you have heard this boy soprano you risk never ever want to hear a female soprano (for this work at least) again. Cristalline purity, extreme height and extreme stability, so without the female vibrato at the top end and going higher than a woman altogether. One prerequisite though, your audio equipment needs to be of the best of standards to be able to fully reproduce the boy soprano!
Excellent conducting and singing by Jacobs as well who turns out a very good counterbalance for Hennig.
A pitty the performance was edited on the cheaper line of Harmonia Mundi. I guess because the quality of recording has some flaws which are quickly forgotten once you are absorbed by the music. Am looking forward for a re-editing of this recording to nowadays standards.
I have two more CD's of this performance in reserve just in case my one reference CD gets broken at a certain moment in time... think this says it all.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best! March 10, 2006
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I've listened to more than 10 deferent interpretations of Stabat Mater. This one is very unique. It is like a wild flower from the meadow. Not posh and proud, just pure beauty. Every intonation is thoughtful, thoughtful to the point that it sounds unintentional and sincere. Perhaps, this is how Pergolesi imagined it?
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