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    Stabat Mater

    Antonin Dvořák  

    This beautiful sacred work ranks with the masterpieces of the genre by Pergolesi, Fauré and Poulenc. All the intimacy of the musician is displayed here with intensity and emotion.

    Christoph Eschenbach
    Christoph Eschenbach © Luca Piva

    Chen Reiss | soprano
    Gerhild Romberger
    | mezzo-soprano
    Steve Davislim | tenor
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann | bass-baritone

    Christoph Eschenbach | direction
    Orchestre National de France
    Chœur de Radio France | direction Martina Batič

    The composer's first sacred page (he would later compose Requiem, Te Deum, Oratorio), this Stabat is a poignant portrait of the pain of a father who has seen three of his children disappear in just two years. Dvořák fashions his score as a personal hymn to the comforting Virgin, in which he alternates fervour of exercise with intimacy. The vocal parts take pride of place and are accompanied by an orchestra of nuanced expression in this poignant journey of torment.

    COPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Radio France
    Live broadcast on France Musique.

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