Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina

Audio Samples

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Concertino for Strings in G major
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Sinfonia for Cello and Basso Continuo in F major
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Salve regina, for countertenor & strings in F minor (doubtful)

Album Summary

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Concertino for Strings in G major
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Sinfonia for Cello and Basso Continuo in F major
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Salve regina, for countertenor & strings in F minor (doubtful)
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Notes & Reviews:

Pergolesi's composing career began at the age of twenty. However, at only twenty six, he died of tuberculosis. During his short lifetime, Pergolesi was revered in Rome and Naples. After his death, his reputation spread and eventually eclipsed that of most other composers in the second half of the eighteenth century. Pergolesi's posthumous celebrity was such a magnet in the music world that, hoping to reap large financial profits, publishers and opera directors alike attributed his name to hundreds of vocal and instrumental works by lesser composers. Of all his works, the Stabat Mater was the most celebrated and remains hugely popular to this day. This recording of the Stabat Mater features Florilegium and includes a selection of Pergolesi's choral and instrumental compositions.

"To pull this off successfully requires two solid solo singers with voices of compatible timbre and size, and who share a harmonious rapport that enlivens and sustains the duets. Just as in the reference versions... this current one unquestionably fulfills those requirements, captured in extraordinarily clear, vibrant, room-filling sound, with the kind of life-like presence Channel Classics has spoiled us for all these years... Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas has a lovely, clear, pleasingly bright tone and all the right stuff for Pergolesi's most lyrical and lively lines; countertenor Robin Blaze never has sounded better... also to be commended are the Florilegium instrumental players... For those who care about such things, this [recording is] pitched a half-tone lower than modern standard pitch... Highly recommended (even if you already have one or two others!)." - Classics Today (10/10)

"Both singers are intensely sensitive in the six descriptive and six pleadingly prayerful verses of the Stabat Mater. They have no inhibitions about Pergolesi's operatic roots...Blaze displays his wide and even vocal range in the Salve Regina, particularly effective in his lowest register" -BBC Music Magazine *****

"[The Sinfonia in F] is a charming piece, which Jennifer Morsches plays with a fine mixture of elegance and gutsiness...The opening [of the Stabat Mater] is superb...Elin Manahan Thomas, Robin Blaze and Florilegium phrase it beautifully, bringing just the right amount of weight to tension and release...Excellent performances all round." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John The Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London, England (09/23/2009-09/25/2009).



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Works Details

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
  • Performers: Elin Thomas (Soprano); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Notes: St John The Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London, England (09/23/2009-09/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Concertino for Strings in G major
  • Performer: Ashley Solomon (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Notes: St John The Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London, England (09/23/2009-09/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1725-1735

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Sinfonia for Cello and Basso Continuo in F major
  • Performer: Jennifer Morsches (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Notes: St John The Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London, England (09/23/2009-09/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Salve regina, for countertenor & strings in F minor (doubtful)
  • Performer: Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Notes: St John The Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London, England (09/23/2009-09/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque