Pergolesi - Stabat mater; JS Bach - Cantatas BWV54 & 170 | Harmonia Mundi HMM907589

Pergolesi - Stabat mater; JS Bach - Cantatas BWV54 & 170

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM907589

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th March 2017

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Two of Bach’s finest cantatas, both for solo alto, composed in Weimar (1714) and Leipzig (1726) respectively, are here coupled with the delicious agony of grief that is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, an acknowledged masterpiece by one of the 18th century’s most influential composers. Bach so admired the composition of his Neapolitan colleague that he made his own ‘parody’ of it to a German text. On this recording, La Nuova Musica, in its 10th anniversary year, and its two eminent soloists display equal mastery of both idioms.

Countertenor Tim Mead is praised for his “alluring...consistently excellent” interpretations (The New York Times). With his “rich, mellifluous sound” (Guardian), he is recognised as one of the finest across the generations of countertenors. Described as having a voice of bell-like clarity with an impeccable vocal technique and powerful stage presence, Lucy Crowe has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation.

“Lucy Crowe dazzles with her every appearance, a young singer blessed with look-at-me-and-listen charisma.” - The Sunday Times

Reviews

The last few years have been a period of extremes for Pergolesi’s Stabat mater. ... Anyone longing for a bit more moderation – a performance embracing both the rose and the yew tree in this exquisite Latin hymn – should find plenty to console in this thrilling new recording from La Nuova Musica.

In Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead the ensemble have both period specialists and singers with enough muscle and tone to temper stylistic precision with human drama. ... Speeds tend to the swift, banishing any thoughts of sentimentality from a performance as sophisticated emotionally as it is musically.  Alexandra Coghlan
Gramophone June 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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