Notes & Reviews:
The Stabat Mater was composed in the last two months of Pergolesi's short life, in 1736. Initially the work attracted criticism as it cast conventional religious musical styles aside, and, to many listeners, it sounded more like operatic music set to a religious text. It is possible to detect the world of opera in some of the numbers, but the critics were being unfair. What Pergolesi achieved was to tie music and text together in an emotional bond that is both very effective and touching. The work was published with many examples of the tampering that afflicted much of Pergolesi's music. For example, oboes were added to the score. This recording is of the original version.
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