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Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Salve Regina Import


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  • Performer: Emma Kirkby, James Bowman
  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Composer: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
  • Audio CD (October 6, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000004CXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Salve Regina In C Minor (1736)
4. Miserere Ii In C Minor

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Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music here offer a spirited, colorful, and certainly one of the most unique performances of Pergolesi's most beloved sacred settings. For instance Hogwood eschews the traditional choir entirely heightening the roles of soloists. Having been in countless recordings together previous to these 1988 sessions, soprano Emma Kirkby and counter-tenor James Bowman rise to the occasion famously delivering highly emotional, tonally pure, captivating performances throughout. Decca's well-balanced sound is crisp, clear, and without any trace of edginess typical of original instrument recordings at the time.

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For two centuries, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater for soprano, alto, and strings has been a legend as much as a piece of music; Pergolesi literally finished the work on his deathbed, so how could it be otherwise? Fortunately, in a good performance such as this one, the music lives up to the myth. Soloists Emma Kirkby and James Bowman, leading lights of the 1980s Baroque revival, have always evoked polarized reactions: traditional opera buff types generally detest them (they should try version with Margaret Marshall and Lucia Valentini-Terrani), while early- music lovers find their voices ideal for this repertory. Kirkby's uniquely pure, clear, and flexible voice suits this music very well indeed; Bowman's voice is more controversial, and he does show some discomfort on the highest notes, but he's an expressive musician; both singers have a fine sense of line and impeccable tuning--Pergolesi's many dramatic suspensions are especially effective. Christopher Hogwood leads a sensitive performance, not radical in any way but quite persuasive. --Matthew Westphal

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This recording is without a doubt a must for a serious music lover.
"hotjoze"
James Bowman also provides a very fine performance but the Stabat Mater is more of a challenge for him and he sounds a little overwhelmed sometimes.
"badric"
In her vocal lines the spiritual, sacred nature of the piece is expressed most tenderly, most yearningly,.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By "hotjoze" on January 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to at least 5 other recordings of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and found the version by L'Oiseau-Lyre the best by far. I am a singer myself, although an amateur with experience in serious choirs such as the Academic Choir Tone Tomsic from Slovenia (won the European Grand Prix 2002 at the 14th choral competition in Arezzo, Italy) and have a preference for a clear voice with a very careful and controlled use of vibrato. This recording was the only one I could find that would fulfill my requirements. Besides, Bowman's performance is really outstanding, and you can really feel the tension (in a good sense) on those high notes. I believe that the use of countertenor brings a very special warm feeling to high notes that I was not able to find in the recordings with an alto (low female voice). It has a certain intimate touch that I certainly prefer. This recording is without a doubt a must for a serious music lover.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By "badric" on March 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was one of the most remarkable composers of the Baroque period. Despite his extremely brief career (he died of tuberculosis at 26 years of age) he left an impressive body of work that includes some of the finest pieces of sacred music ever written. Two of his most famous works (Stabat Mater for soprano and alto and Salve Regina for soprano in C minor) are included in this recording.
Emma Kirkby captures the poignancy of these pieces with outstanding ability and delivers two of her best performances ever. She's an exceptional musician - unaffected, subtle, sincere and technically flawless. James Bowman also provides a very fine performance but the Stabat Mater is more of a challenge for him and he sounds a little overwhelmed sometimes. However, the interplay between both singers is amazing. Salve Regina is an equally beautiful piece and Emma Kirkby gives another wonderful performance. Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music are as stunning as ever, they manage to bring freshness and immediacy to the Stabat Mater - no small feat considering the rather solemn subject matter - and the Salve Regina shines with almost preternatural beauty. Pergolesi was a very innovative and daring composer, and these renditions show his works in all their sombre and passionate glory.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Moerner on August 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Like many other listeners, I was first introduced to the Stabat Mater by the Marshall/Terrani/Abbado recording. However, I encountered Giordano Bruno's one-star review on that page, and was inspired to try both the Kirkby/Bowman/Hogwood and Gens/Lesne recordings.

I have come to the conclusion that the Abbado recording is frankly terrible, the Kirkby/Bowman/Hogwood reasonably good, and the Gens/Lesne superb. Before I do a detailed comparison of the latter two recordings, I want to briefly speak on the weaknesses of the Abbado recording. The tempos are far too slow. The singers have an extremely wide vibrato that ruins the baroque feel of the music. In short, for those who like Abbado's Beethoven and Bernstein's Mozart Requiem or only Wagner operas, the Abbado Stabat Mater should be a glorious interpretation. This is not to say that any proponent of modern instruments would prefer the Abbado. Rather, those who believe that each performance should be a conduced as a funeral march should prefer the Abbado. I believe that any discerning listener who compares the two recordings, aria by aria, and who looks beyond the grandeur of the Abbado, will appreciate its serious flaws.

General comments: The two period instrument recordings, the Hogwood and the Lesne, are marked by distinct singing styles. The Hogwood does away with vibrato almost entirely. The Lesne, in contrast, almost exclusively involves a style where the quarter note over the bar line of each tie is sung messa di voce. Expect this as you listen to the recordings. I think that the Hogwood goes too far in the direction of lacking vibrato--the minimal, messa di voce approach of the Lesne is far more appealing. The Hogwood also has more pronounced and extreme dynamic changes in the voice parts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on November 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Pergolesi - Stabat Mater · Salve Regina / Kirkby · Bowman · AAM · Hogwood is simply put it a sublime recording. Being a devout person at heart this is heartwrenching to listen to and one can feel the intense pain as one listens to this wonderful piece. Emma Kirky is truly a treat to listen to and James Bowman is also quite competent. The book-let is a bit sparse but has a very nice painting on the front, a very well written essay Francesco Degrada (translated DECCA 1989 by Avril Bardoni), and the text for these magnificient works in english, latin, german and french and has also a very nice photograph in on page 4 of Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Christopher Hogwood. I can not say enough good things about this splendid recording and I give it 5 stars.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Boutchiorezze on January 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
...in my 300 CD collection. Genius of Pergolesi, pure harmony plus excellence in Emma's voice, plus James Bowman, a countertenor singing the part of an alto. This is what baroque is about, this is what music is about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Donald on February 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I only recently discovered this version of Stabat Mater. The control and harmony produced by Kirkby and Bowman is truly beyond words. As an example track 5 - Quis Est Homo. If this doesn't do something for you, check for a pulse.
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