Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
A “hit” and an Italian baroque legend celebrated by a duo seasoned in the art of this demanding repertoire.
Bruno de Sà | sopranist
Carlo Vistoli | countertenor
Thibaut Noally | direction
Orchestre National d’Auvergne
Vivaldi Concerto for violin RV 208 « Grosso Mogul »
Although the Stabat Mater is authentic Pergolese, unlike the multitude of apocryphal works attributed to him after his death, we know very little about its genesis. This poignant work by a musician who died tragically young at twenty-six years of age gave rise to a legend similar to that associated with Mozart’s Requiem. Tradition has it that the composer completed it on his deathbed. The reality appears to be more prosaic according to a number of modern musicologists and historians. Nevertheless, the fame of this work, which was frequently played and published from the eighteenth century onwards, made a significant contribution to the composer’s posthumous reputation. With its extraordinarily expressive arias and duets for soli, this work is one of a small number of masterpieces of the early music repertoire
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