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Laudato Si: In the Spirit of St. Fancis of Assisi - A collection of Stabat Mater settings transcribed for voice & organ by Vivaldi, Traetta, Boccherini, Rossini, Haydn, Poulenc, Dvorak / Charlene Canty, soprano

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabat Mater, RV 621
>Traetta, Tommaso : Stabat Mater
>Boccherini, Luigi : Stabat Mater
>Rossini, Gioachino : Stabat Mater
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Stabat Mater
>Poulenc, Francis : Stabat Mater
>Dvorak, Antonin : Stabat Mater
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Tamar, Eli : Prière de Saint François d'Assise, for alto & organ
>Tamar, Eli : Salutatio Virtutum, for soprano & organ
>Tamar, Eli : Canticum Fratris Solis, for soprano, alto & organ
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Notes & Reviews:

Navona records presents LAUDATO SI: IN THE SPIRIT OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, a tribute to the 13th century Italian friar and preacher. Beloved over the world for his charity, devotion to poverty, and delight in Creation, St. Francis portrays his love for the beautiful in his poetic writings. In this exquisitely crafted vocal-organ program soprano Charlene Canty, countertenor Andrey Nemzer, and organist Nicholas Will present a fresh musical take on the Franciscan poetic tradition with world premiere recordings of three contemporary settings of texts by (or attributed to) St. Francis written by the composer Eli Tamar. These works are complemented by a series of solos and duets from various settings of Stabat Mater from the Baroque period to the mid-twentieth century. The celebrated Peace Prayer of St. Francis receives a surprising make-over by the Russian born Israeli-American composer. With his unusually unhurried pace, fluid lines and subtle harmonies Tamar unlocks the intimacy of the prayer for the listener, guiding him in a profound sense of humility to spiritual exaltation and bliss. "I have always been fascinated by the raw human sentiment and drama brought to the genre of sacred music by such composers as Mozart and Verdi. Personally, I am drawn to texts that invite dramatic treatment," says the composer. His Canticum Fratris Solis (Canticle of Brother Sun), with its universal message of kinship with nature and men, bears testimony to this approach. In this large scale composition Tamar weaves together elements of various styles: from Gregorian chant to medieval polyphonic textures, from Renaissance modal harmonies to impressionistic word painting and Italian verismo, all the while without resorting to stylization. Soprano Charlene Canty and countertenor Andrey Nemzer belong to a rare breed of singers who can afford being unabashedly operatic in their approach to sacred music. Their full-bodied yet flexible voices soar and float in harmony in such contrasting pieces as Rossini's "Quis est homo qui non fleret" and Pergolesi's "Quando corpus morietur." Mr. Nemzer delivers a stunning rendition of Dvorak's dramatic "Inflammatus et accensus," traditionally performed by female alto voice. Ms. Canty's voice imparts a shimmering and mysterious aura to Poulenc's dark "Vidit Suum." Both singers exhibit perceptiveness, imagination and intelligence in their interpretation of Tamar's demanding works that were written especially for them. Nicholas Will, their collaborator, showcases his virtuoso skills in Tamar's "Salutatio Virtutum," while his sensitive accompaniment and thoughtful organ orchestrations provide a breathing matrix for the singers.'

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (06/14/2013); St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-).



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabat Mater, RV 621 :: Stabat Mater Dolorosa
  • Performer: Andrey Nemzer
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Traetta, Tommaso : Stabat Mater :: O Quam Tristis Et Afflicta
  • Performer: Charlene Canty (Soprano)
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Boccherini, Luigi : Stabat Mater :: Quae Moerebat Et Dolebat
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1781

>Rossini, Gioachino : Stabat Mater :: Quis Est Homo qui Non Fleret
  • Performers: Charlene Canty (Soprano); Andrey Nemzer; Nicholas Will (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Stabat Mater :: Fac Me Vere Tecum Flere
  • Performer: Andrey Nemzer
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1767

>Poulenc, Francis : Stabat Mater :: Vidit suum Dulgem Natum
  • Performer: Charlene Canty (Soprano)
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Dvorak, Antonin : Stabat Mater :: Inflammatus Et Accensus
  • Performer: Andrey Nemzer
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater :: Quando Corpus Morietur & Amen
  • Performers: Charlene Canty (Soprano); Andrey Nemzer; Nicholas Will (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736

>Tamar, Eli : Prière de Saint François d'Assise, for alto & organ
  • Performers: Andrey Nemzer; Nicholas Will (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tamar, Eli : Salutatio Virtutum, for soprano & organ
  • Performers: Charlene Canty (Soprano); Nicholas Will (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie PA (2014-06-10&2014-06-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tamar, Eli : Canticum Fratris Solis, for soprano, alto & organ
  • Performers: Charlene Canty (Soprano); Nicholas Will (Organ)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013