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Stabat Mater: A Tribute To Pergolesi / Netrebko, Pappano

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>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Orfeo ("Nel chiuso centro"), chamber cantata for soprano, strings & continuo, Op. 2/4
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Li prodigy della divina grazia nella conversion e morte di San Guglielmo duca d'Aquitania, sacred dr
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Questo e il piano, cantata for alto, strings & continuo
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater

Album Summary

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Orfeo ("Nel chiuso centro"), chamber cantata for soprano, strings & continuo, Op. 2/4
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Li prodigy della divina grazia nella conversion e morte di San Guglielmo duca d'Aquitania, sacred dr
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Questo e il piano, cantata for alto, strings & continuo
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
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Notes & Reviews:

Assisted by Antonio Pappano and recorded at Netrebko's July 2010 Baden-Baden concert, here is a landmark performance of one of classical music's most popular works. In the Stabat Mater, Anna Netrebko's lusciously dark soprano and mezzo Marianna Pizzolato's beautifully schooled tones are a marvellous complement to each other. For this Pergolesi tribute, Anna Netrebko has added the secular cantata, Nel chiuso centro and Questo è il piano is also a secular cantata for alto and strings. Both cantatas add a special touch to this album where Pergolesi's sacred masterpiece is featured alongside some secular (more operatic) compositions.

"Netrebko finds real depth in this deceptively simple music... Pizzolato applies her expressive powers so well to yet another shepherd/nymph gripe as to make us actually feel sympathetic... the singers blend perfectly, and time and again the attention is caught by the quality of the playing. It is a most distinguished issue." -Gramophone Magazine

"Though she minds her words carefully and modulates her tone, [Netrebko is] still at heart the suffering diva, dazzling us with that dark voice soaked in luscious full cream... the two voice colours blend superbly in the Stabat Mater, sensuously curling round in duet like intertwined vines... Pappano springs through these pieces with loving fervour." -The Times

"When Anna Netrebko decided to dedicate a programme to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, the choice of Antonio Pappano as conductor was a crucial masterstroke... so sublimely do the two voices intertwine on the duets "Stabat Mater dolorosa" and "Sancta Mater, istud agas" that one fervently hopes this is not to be a temporary alliance." -The Independent

"The Russian diva's singing certainly won't disappoint - as thrillingly passionate here as it is in Romantic opera. She's impressively partnered, too, by Marianna Pizzolato, whose full-bodied mezzo is as intense and intoxicating as the finest of Italian wines... the sensuous intertwining of two such voluptuous voices makes for a heady mix indeed." -BBC Music Magazine

"The instruments may be post-industrial, the articulation unruly, but the sweaty dishevelment of the orchestra is a very pleasing fit to this Neapolitan masterpiece. [Netrebko and Pizzolato] spit and smoulder their way through heavily perfumed accounts of "Nel chiuso centro" and "Questo è il pianto". Irresistible." -The Independent

"Netrebko steps out of her comfort zone as opera diva to fashion affecting, highly personal interpretations of repertoire that can bear her dramatic singing style...[Her] dramatic energy and emotional commitment are amply matched by the expressive eloquence and tonal warmth of her admirable partner in the Stabat Mater, Marianna Pizzolato." -Classic FM Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden (07/2010).



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>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Orfeo ("Nel chiuso centro"), chamber cantata for soprano, strings & continuo, Op. 2/4
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1736

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Li prodigy della divina grazia nella conversion e morte di San Guglielmo duca d'Aquitania, sacred dr
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Li prodigy della divina grazia nella conversion e morte di San Guglielmo duca d'Aquitania, sacred dr
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Li prodigy della divina grazia nella conversion e morte di San Guglielmo duca d'Aquitania, sacred dr
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Questo è il piano, cantata for alto, strings & continuo
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 04/24/1731

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 31 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736