Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Salve Regina; Orfeo / Regina Klepper, Martina Borst

Audio Samples

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Salve Regina
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Orfeo ("Nel chiuso centro"), chamber cantata for soprano, strings & continuo, Op. 2/4

Album Summary

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Salve Regina
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Orfeo ("Nel chiuso centro"), chamber cantata for soprano, strings & continuo, Op. 2/4
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

No one has described Pergolesi's vocal works more splendidly and with more understanding than the philosopher and pedagogue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, author of the Dictionnaire de musique that was extremely widespread in the 19th century, when he wrote: "Here everything contributes to deepening the effect of the text: the harmony serves only to shape it more forcefully, the accompaniment embellishes it without distorting it. In a word, the whole work of art simultaneously communicates one melody to the ear and only one idea to the mind." This CD offers 3 Masterpieces recorded by the long time Duo Regina Klepper and Martina Borst, accompanied by the Bamberg String Quartet.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
These two recordings of works by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, both centered on his exquisitely crafted Stabat Mater, offer very different performances: the Bamberg Quartet uses modern instruments and female vocalists, while the Neumeyer Consort uses 18th Century instruments and male countertenors. Although I will admit to a clear preference for the Neumeyer Consort recording (full disclosure here: most of my own training and experience has been in pre-19th Century music) both are wonderfully played and sung, both are true to the spirit of this intensely devotional work, and both have moments of breathtaking beauty.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Pfarrheim Litzendorf (bei Bamberg).



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Works Details

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
  • Performers: Regina Klepper (Soprano); Berthold Hops (Organ); Martina Borst (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Bamberger String Quartet
  • Notes: Pfarrheim Litzendorf (bei Bamberg) (05/26/1993-05/27/1993)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Salve Regina
  • Performers: Stefan Adelmann (Double Bass); Berthold Hops (Harpsichord); Martina Borst (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Pfarrheim Litzendorf (bei Bamberg) (02/10/1995-02/11/1995)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Orfeo ("Nel chiuso centro"), chamber cantata for soprano, strings & continuo, Op. 2/4
  • Performers: Regina Klepper (Soprano); Stefan Adelmann (Double Bass); Berthold Hops (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Pfarrheim Litzendorf (bei Bamberg) (05/26/1993-05/27/1993)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1736