Boccherini: Stabat Mater

Boccherini: Stabat Mater
Composer Luigi Boccherini
Artist Barbara Vignudelli soprano
Orchestra da Camera 'Benedetto Marcello'
Flavio Emilio Scogna conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94494
EAN code 5028421944944
Release May 2013

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About this release

The French violinist and composer Jean-Baptiste Cartier once said: ‘If God wanted to speak to man through music, he would do so through the works of Haydn; if he wished to listen to music himself, he would choose the works of Boccherini.’ Often considered the finest Italian composer of the Classical era, Luigi Boccherini was not party to the Viennese school of music which was in vogue at the time, and therefore his compositions retain that unmistakable Italian flair, but with modest and subtle brilliance.

His Stabat Mater – written in 1781 and scored for small forces of just soprano and strings – exudes elegance and beauty. While bearing the influence of the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi from 45 years earlier, Boccherini’s composition often delves into the realms of the operatic, thanks to arias such as the passionate and dramatic ‘Quis est homo’ and the agile ‘Cujus animam gementem’.

The Stabat Mater is sung by Italian soprano Barbara Vignudelli, international performer and prizewinner, widely acclaimed for her interpretations of both sacred music and opera. She is joined by the musicians of the Orchestra da Camera ‘Benedetto Marcello’, which is directed by Flavio Emilio Scogna.

Other information:
- That Luigi Boccherini is not the composer of “pretty and harmless tunes” is shown by his Stabat Mater, a dramatic and eloquent musical setting of the lament of Mary at the Cross. Long in the shadow of its predecessor by Pergolesi, Boccherini’s Stabat Mater has moments of the most intimate beauty and heartfelt sorrow.
- Sung by the great Italian soprano Barbara Vignudelli and the Orchestra da Camera Benedetto Marcello conducted by Flavio Emilio Scogna.
- The booklet contains notes on the composer and the music and the sung texts.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Stabat Mater dolorosa. Grave assai
  2. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Cujus animam gementem. Allegro
  3. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Quae moerebat et dolebat. Allegretto con moto
  4. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Quis est homo qui non fleret. Adagio assai – Recitativo
  5. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Pro peccatis suae gentis. Allegretto
  6. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Eja Mater, fons amoris. Larghetto non tanto
  7. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Tui nati vulnerati. Allegro vivo – Adagio – Allegro come prima
  8. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Virgo virginum praeclara. Andantino
  9. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Fac, ut portem Christi mortem. Larghetto
  10. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Fac me plagis vulnerari. Allegro comodo
  11. Stabat Mater, G. 532: Quando corpus morietur. Andante lento