Composer of the Week

Sunday, 13 April 2014
Stabat Mater

Collegiumskapelle Window, Mehrerau, AustriaFor 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.

Music Details

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 /
                Jiri Belohlavek
                Chandos CHAN 8986

PALESTRINA: STABAT MATER
                Cambridge Singers / John Rutter
                CSCD 508

POULENC: INFAMMATUS ET ACCENTUS / QUANDO CORPUS
                Kathleen Battle / Tanglewood Festival Chorus /
                Boston Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa
                DG 427 304-2

JENKINS: LAMENT
                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