Bononcini - Stabat Mater
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95486
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 21st April 2017
ArtistsAlessandro Stradella Consort
Within that box is a new recording of the Stabat mater by Antonio Maria Bononcini, who died just a decade before Pergolesi. Their settings are on a roughly similar scale, though Bononciniís is slightly grander, using four singers to Pergolesiís two, and dividing the text into even more sections. Bononcini himself should not be confused with his father Giovanni Maria (composer and violinist) or indeed his brother Giovanni, all three of them outstanding composers of the Modenese school. Antonio made his name in Vienna, where he was appointed composer to the court of Emperor Joseph I in 1710, and one may hear why from the restrained pathos of this Stabat mater, with its slowly‐modulating grand choruses of great tension and its arias which suspend time with contemplation of a particular aspect of Christís agony on the Cross.
The Stabat mater is complemented here by a much less‐familiar sacred cantata, Dio e la vergine: an anonymous six‐movement text in which Mary stands before her Lord and proclaims her love for him, and He for her; a surprisingly common trope of 18th‐century oratorios where God himself was given a part. The only other recording of this cantata is considerably older in style; this new one is made by the stylish Alessandro Stradella Consort, who produced for Brilliant the well‐received recording of an oratorio by Alessandro Scarlatti, San Filippo Neri (BC94037).
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