Magazine article Gramophone

Pergolesi's Stabat Mater

Magazine article Gramophone

Pergolesi's Stabat Mater

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Three recordings before Diego Fasolis's, and how Gramophone rated them

FEBRUARY 1990

Pergolesi Stabat mater

Kirkby, Bowman; AAM / Hogwood

L'Oiseau-Lyre Florilegium (F)

425 692-2OH (52' * DDD)

Emma Kirkby and James Bowman enjoy a warm musical rapport and neither singer shies away from the sensuous vocal writing, indeed albeit with the requisite restraint they seem to revel in it. Both phrase their music gracefully with an easy assurance where ornaments are concerned; they beckon irresistibly to the listener to share in an effusion of beautiful sounds. The strings of the Academy of Ancient Music are disciplined --more so than sometimes--providing throughout the disc all the sympathetic support one could wish for. Nicholas Anderson

APRIL 1999

Pergolesi Stabat mater

Bertagnolli, Mingardo;

Concerto Italiano / Alessandrini

Opus 111 (F) OPS3O-160 (70' * DDD)

Alessandrini lays emphasis on the relationship between words and music, and he has come up with some ideas which probe deeper than many, in his aim to bring the piece to life with expressive fervour. He did well to engage the services of two such well-disciplined and warmly communicative singers. Both make much of the vivid word-painting, wholeheartedly revelling in the melodic allure of the Pergolesi. Only occasional passages of upper string-playing diminished my enjoyment. Nicholas Anderson

DECEMBER 2009

Pergolesi Stabat mater

Harnisch, Mingardo;

Orchestra Mozart / Abbado

Archiv (F) 477 8077AH (64' * DDD)

The phrasing of the strings is blatantly 'conducted' rather than directly rhetorical in the senses that the finest period bands are, and Abbado's articulation of the music often feels like proto-Mozart rather than late-Baroque. …

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