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Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Laudate Pueri / Valer Barba-Sabadus, Terry Wey, counter tenors

> Stabat Mater - Stabat mater dolorosa
> Stabat Mater - Cuius animam gementem
> Stabat Mater - O quam tristis et afflicta
> Stabat Mater - Quae moerebat et dolebat
> Stabat Mater - Quis est homo qui non fleret
> Stabat Mater - Vidit suum dulcem natum
> Stabat Mater - Eia mater, fons amoris
> Stabat Mater - Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
> Stabat Mater - Sancta Mater, istud agas
> Stabat Mater - Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
> Stabat Mater - Inflammatus et accensus
> Stabat Mater - Quando corpus morietur
> Laudate pueri - Laudate
> Laudate pueri - A solis Ortu
> Laudate pueri - Excelsus super omnes
> Laudate pueri - Quis sicut Dominus
> Laudate pueri - Suscitans a terra
> Laudate pueri - Gloria Patri
> Laudate pueri - Sicut erat in principio

Album Summary

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Laudate pueri, psalm for soprano, chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"All the contemporary witnesses owed the deep impression made on them by Pergolesi's church music to the singing of castrati. As often and willingly as Stabat Mater is sung and heard with women's voices today, it was the pure, ethereal voices of two castrati who first lent the proper expression to the gallant pain of Pergolesi's Passion sequence. Michael Hofstetter and the two young singers on this recording liberate his music from the cliché of a thoroughly soft music of sentimental feelings. The vocal lines come to life thanks to the typical manners of the castrati: the short grace notes, slides, trills and the 'messa di voce'." Dr. Karl Böhmer

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: Roter Saal, Hochschule für Musik der Universität Mainz (03/2011).


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Works Details

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
  • Performers: Valer Barna-Sabadus; Terry Wey (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
  • Ensemble: Neumeyer Consort
  • Running Time: 35 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Laudate pueri, psalm for soprano, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Terry Wey (Countertenor); Valer Barna-Sabadus
  • Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
  • Ensemble: Neumeyer Consort
  • Running Time: 17 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque