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Spirit, Strength & Sorrow': Settings of Stabat Mater by D. Scarlatti, Casciolini, Martin et al. / The Sixteen; Christophers

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
>Firsova, Alissa [Piano] : Stabat Mater, for chorus
>Korvits, Tonu : Stabat Mater, for tenor & chorus
>Casciolini, Claudio : Stabat Mater, for chorus
>Martin, Matthew : Stabat Mater, for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass & chorus
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Stabat Mater, for double chorus & continuo in C minor
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Of the three contemporary works featured, Matthew Martin's is technically the most ambitious...It's an absorbing, highly accomplished piece of vocal writing, tailor-made to stretch a choir of The Sixteen's ability...For sinuous beauty, though, Domenico Scarlatti's gorgeous ten-part setting takes some beating, deliciously accompanied here by theorbo, harp and organ.

The Observer, 16th November 2014
Three new responses to the text, commissioned by John Studzinski's Genesis Foundation, are sung here with faultless clarity by the Sixteen...Each is a significant contribution to the repertoire, sitting proudly alongside more familiar settings from Scarlatti and Casciolini, and all meticulously directed by Harry Christophers.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
All three [new settings] are touching and effective: imaginative in their choral sonorities and colouring of the text, skilfully balancing a strong feeling for tradition with a distinctive individual voice...At moments in their intimate and elegiac performance of the Scarlatti I wanted a dose of Latin theatricality. But in the new works their singing, technically and expressively, is beyond criticism.

Financial Times, 29th November 2014
All three [new works] are worth hearing and Domenico Scarlatti's "Stabat Mater" makes a highly enjoyable Baroque companion for them.

Classic FM
Thanks to the visceral commitment of Harry Christophers and his choir, and the refulgent beauty of the music, the listener will connect body and soul with these sensuous performances.

Spirit, Strength & Sorrow, the staggering result of The Sixteen's third collaboration with the Genesis Foundation, demonstrates once again their joint commitment to nurturing new artistic talent. This CD features three brand-new settings of the Stabat Mater from emerging composers Alissa Firsova, Tonu Korvits, and Matthew Martin alongside those by Claudio Casciolini and Domenico Scarlatti.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Readers of my reviews will know of my admiration for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. Their performances here are stunning, leaving nothing to be desired in technical polish or in vital expression. This recording sustains their place as one of the outstanding concert choirs of our time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (06/2014).



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Works Details

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Firsova, Alissa [Piano] : Stabat Mater, for chorus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Korvits, Tonu : Stabat Mater, for tenor & chorus
  • Performer: Mark Dobell (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Casciolini, Claudio : Stabat Mater, for chorus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Martin, Matthew : Stabat Mater, for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass & chorus
  • Performers: Ben Davies (Tenor); Mark Dobell (Tenor); Sally Dunkley (Soprano); Kirsty Hopkins
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Stabat Mater, for double chorus & continuo in C minor
  • Performers: Frances Kelly (Harp); David Miller (Theorbo); Alastair Ross (Organ)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1714