Composer of the Week
Sunday, 13 April 2014
For Holy Week, our Composers of the Week programme focusses on settings of the Stabat Mater.
Stabat Mater is a medieval Latin poem in which the poet contemplates the sorrowing figure of the mother of Christ weeping at the foot of the cross and begs that he may share her grief. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword was to pierce the heart of his mother, Mary. The text originated in the 13th century during the height of Franciscan devotion to the crucified Jesus and has been attributed to Pope Innocent III, or more usually Jacopone da Todi who is generally considered to be the real author. The Stabat Mater has long been part of the ‘Stations of the Cross’ devotions.
Since the 15th century, composers have made musical settings for use in the liturgy while later composers, such as Rossini and Dvorak, have made more expansive concert versions.
This week Brian Kay looks at settings of the Stabat Mater by composers from Palestrina to Jenkins.
Image: Collegiumskapelle Window, Mehrerau, Austria
Audio from Sunday 13 April 2014
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.
Composer of the Week - Stabat Mater ( 55′ 11″ )
09:00 Brian Kay looks at settings of the Stabat Mater in this programme first broadcast as part of his Choral Connections series.
PERGOLESI: STABAT MATER DOLORORA
Gillian Fisher / Michael Chance / King’s Consort / R. King
Hyperion CDA 66294
HAYDN: EJA MATER / FLAMMIS ORCI
Jurg Krattinger / Chorale Philippe Caillard /
Les Solistes de Paris / Henri-Claude Fantapie
Divine Art dda 21212
DVORAK: TUI NATI VULNERATI
Prague Philharmonic Choir / Czech Philharmonic /
Chandos CHAN 8986
PALESTRINA: STABAT MATER
Cambridge Singers / John Rutter
POULENC: INFAMMATUS ET ACCENTUS / QUANDO CORPUS
Kathleen Battle / Tanglewood Festival Chorus /
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa
DG 427 304-2
Jurgita Adamonyte / RLPO & Chorus / Karl Jenkins
EMI DDD 5 00283-2
VERDI: STABAT MATER (FOUR SACRED PIECES)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Robert Shaw
Telarc CD 80254