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    Stabat Mater

    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Two masters of baroque sacred writing explore the same lament in two masterpieces of heightened emotion.

    Véronique Gens et Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Véronique Gens © Sandrine Expilly et Marie-Nicole Lemieux © Geneviève Lesueur

    Véronique Gens soprano
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux contralto

    Thibault Noally direction and violin
    Les Accents 

    Opening the concert 
    A. Scarlatti
    Salve Regina
    Violin Concerto RV. 275
    Stabat Mater RV. 621

    Approximate running time
    1st part: 45mn - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 45mn

    Two fine voices come together for this evening setting in perspective two baroque works composed around the same theme of the suffering of Mary at the foot of the cross on which her son was sacrificed. Alessandro Scarlatti’s version, which was commissioned by the brotherhood of the Knights of the Virgin of Sorrows, dates from 1724 and showcases the vocal and musical tradition of Naples of which the musician was one of the finest exponents. Pergolese’s work was written twelve years later and is authentic, although many apocryphal works were attributed to the composer after his death, but little is known about its genesis. This poignant work by a musician who died tragically young at the age of 26 gave rise to a legend reminiscent of Mozart’s Requiem. Tradition has it that the composer finished it on his death bed. The reality appears to have been somewhat more prosaic. This famous work, which was heavily published and frequently performed in the 18th century, significantly enhanced the composer’s posthumous fame.

    Production Les Grandes Voix 

    Portrait de ville : le Nantes de Véronique Gens

    Native d’Orléans, la soprano française habite aujourd’hui à Nantes, sauf lorsque sa carrière de soprano l’emmène dans les grandes maisons d’opéra européennes…

    Que savez-vous du Stabat Mater ?

    Quatre Stabat Mater sont à entendre au Théâtre la saison prochaine, c’est l’occasion de faire un petit tour d’horizon d’une œuvre aux multiples adaptations.