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Rossini: Stabat Mater


Anna Netrebko Joyce DiDonato Lawrence Brownlee Ildebrando d'Arcangelo Antonio Pappano Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Recorded in Rome - July 2010 Award-winning conductor Antonio Pappano and his acclaimed Roman orchestra the Accademia di Santa Cecilia release Rossini's Stabat Mater. The recording includes star soloists Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and Ildebrando d'Arcangelo. Although Rossini focused heavily on opera, he was still able to find some time to undertake commissions of a non-operatic nature. Supreme among these was to be the Stabat Mater. "I would say that the Stabat Mater - the picture of the Virgin Mary standing below the crucifix watching her son die and this beautiful set of prayers or scene setting is sublimely put to music by Rossini." says Maestro Pappano. Pappano's recent releases with the Roman orchestra includes the award-wining and critically-acclaimed Verdi Requiem, Respighi's ‘Roman Trilogy', the Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4-6 and Puccini's opera ‘Madama Butterfly' with Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann which won Gheorghiu the Female Artist of the Year honour at this year's Classical Brit Awards. Pappano himself won the Critics' Choice award for his recording of the Verdi Requiem.
Submitted on 11/19/10 by JAMES R. OESTREICH, The New York Times 
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