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Haydn: Stabat Mater

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Stabat Mater, H 20 bis
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Notes & Reviews:

Together with the Missa Cellensis, the Stabat Mater (1767) was one of the first sacred works that Haydn composed in his new position as Kapellmeister of the Esterhazy court. The Virgin Mary's vast range of emotions during the Crucifixion are reflected in Haydn's music through various musical techniques, including word-painting and even subtle elements of characterization. Performed in Vienna in 1768, the Stabat Mater became Haydn's most popular sacred work and was circulated widely in his lifetime.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Trinity Church, New York (05/28/2003-05/29/2003).


A spirited performance
Haydnís setting of the Stabat Mater, which he composed early in his tenure at the Esterhazy court, is one of his more consistently mournful sacred works. Two substantial period-instrument interpretations by Pinnock and Harnoncourt are still available (the Harnoncourt as an import CD). Pinnockís version is perhaps the most powerful, and his stately tempi are significantly slower than either Burdickís or Harnoncourtís. The soloists on the Naxos recording arenít quite up to the level of the singers on the earlier discs, and this performance lacks something of (especially) the Pinnock recordingís solemn elegance. But the present version offers its own rewards; the performance is spirited and light on its feet, the textures are more transparent, and the musicís dance-like passages are brought out pleasingly.
Submitted on 05/05/10 by Berna Can 
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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Stabat Mater, H 20 bis
  • Performers: Ann Hoyt (Soprano); Richard Lippold (Bass); Stephen Sands (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Owen Burdick
  • Notes: Trinity Church, New York (05/28/2003-05/29/2003)
  • Running Time: 54 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1767