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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