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Stabat Mater - Pergolesi

Gérard Lesne

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Among the dozens or perhaps hundreds of available recordings of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, a subgroup of recent ones has emphasized its very operatic style. Within this group, performers have gone in various directions, but a single one is represented here: sheer vocal beauty of a sort that just doesn't come along every day. The vocal line trumps the dramatic meaning of the text here, but the duets between soprano Véronique Gens and countertenor Gérard Lesne are so gorgeous that you just won't care. Highlights are hard to select, but they are freely sprinkled as well through the Salve Regina in F minor for alto, strings, and continuo; hear the opening movement, with the passages in which Lesne gets to display his dark copper lower register. In the Stabat Mater itself, there are more fiery readings of the Fac ut ardeat cor meum section (track 8), but few more agonizingly delectable versions of the climactic Quando corpus morietur (track 12); Gens and Lesne begin the duet with an almost total lack of vibrato and introduce it in steps, with overwhelming effect. The small ensemble Il Seminario Musicale, directed by Lesne, is a supple instrument that keeps the focus on the singers. The short cello trio sonata at the end has the effect of winding down what is really an intense vocal experience. Notes are in English, French, and German; no texts are included, but they will be at the fingertips of even a novice Internet user. At a budget price, this is a must.
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1
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: I. Stabat Mater dolorosa (Soprano, Alto)
Véronique Gens
00:04:43

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Conductor, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Il Seminario Musicale, Orchestra, MainArtist - Veronique Gens, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: II. Cuius animam gementem (Soprano)
Véronique Gens
00:02:14

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Conductor - Il Seminario Musicale, Orchestra - Veronique Gens, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

3
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: III. O quam tristis et afflicta (Soprano, Alto)
Gérard Lesne
00:02:22

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Lead Vocals - Veronique Gens, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale - Véronique Gens - Gérard Lesne, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

4
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: IV. Quae moerebat et dolebat (Alto)
Gérard Lesne
00:01:59

Alain Lanceron, Producer - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Lead Vocals - Etienne Collard (Musica Numeris), Executive Producer - Il Seminario Musicale - Gérard Lesne, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

5
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: V. Quis est homo qui non fleret (Soprano - Alto)
Gérard Lesne
00:02:47

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Lead Vocals - Veronique Gens, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale - Véronique Gens - Gérard Lesne, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

6
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: VI. Vidit suum dulcem Natum (Soprano)
Véronique Gens
00:03:23

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Il Seminario Musicale, Ensemble, MainArtist - Veronique Gens, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Parlophpone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: VII. Eja Mater, fons amoris (Alto)
Véronique Gens
00:02:09

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Il Seminario Musicale, Ensemble, MainArtist - Veronique Gens, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Company

8
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: VIII. Fac ut ardeat cor meum (Soprano, Alto)
Gérard Lesne
00:02:16

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Lead Vocals - Veronique Gens, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale - Véronique Gens - Gérard Lesne, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

9
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: IX. Sancta Mater, istud agas (Soprano, Alto)
Gérard Lesne
00:04:56

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Lead Vocals - Veronique Gens, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale - Véronique Gens - Gérard Lesne, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

10
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: X. Fac ut portem Christi mortem (Alto)
Gérard Lesne
00:03:04

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Lead Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale - Gérard Lesne, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

11
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: XI. Inflammatus et accensus (Soprano, Alto)
Gérard Lesne
00:02:07

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Lead Vocals - Veronique Gens, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale - Véronique Gens - Gérard Lesne, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

12
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: XII. Quando corpus morietur (Soprano, Alto)
Gérard Lesne
00:03:41

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Lead Vocals - Veronique Gens, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale - Véronique Gens - Gérard Lesne, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

13
Stabat Mater in F Minor, P. 77: XIII. Amen (Soprano, Alto)
Gérard Lesne
00:01:06

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Lead Vocals - Veronique Gens, Second Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale - Véronique Gens - Gérard Lesne, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 EMI Music France

14
Salve regina in F Minor: I. Salve regina (Alto)
Véronique Gens
00:04:16

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Conductor, MainArtist, Alto Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Orchestra, MainArtist - Veronique Gens, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Music France.

15
Salve Regina in C Minor: II. Ad te clamamus (Alto)
Véronique Gens
00:01:02

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Conductor, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Il Seminario Musicale, Orchestra, MainArtist - Veronique Gens, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Salve regina in F Minor: III. Ad te suspiramus (Alto)
Véronique Gens
00:03:47

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, MainArtist, Alto Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Ensemble, MainArtist - Veronique Gens, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Music France.

17
Salve regina in F Minor: IV. Eia ergo, advocata nostra (Alto)
Véronique Gens
00:01:24

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, MainArtist, Alto Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Ensemble, MainArtist - Veronique Gens, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Music France.

18
Salve regina in F Minor: V. Et Jesum benedictum (Alto)
Véronique Gens
00:01:59

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, MainArtist, Alto Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Ensemble, MainArtist - Veronique Gens, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Music France.

19
Salve regina in F Minor: VI. O Virgo Maria (Alto)
Véronique Gens
00:02:15

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Gerard Lesne, Vocals, MainArtist, Alto Vocals - Il Seminario Musicale, Ensemble, MainArtist - Veronique Gens, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Music France.

20
Sinfonia a tre in F Major: I. Comodo
Il Seminario Musicale
00:01:07

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Il Seminario Musicale, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

21
Sinfonia a tre in F Major: II. Allegro
Il Seminario Musicale
00:01:41

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Il Seminario Musicale, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

22
Sinfonia a tre in F Major: III. Adagio
Il Seminario Musicale
00:02:02

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Il Seminario Musicale, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

23
Sinfonia a tre in F Major: IV. Presto
Il Seminario Musicale
00:01:52

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Composer - Il Seminario Musicale, MainArtist

© 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1997 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

Album Description

Among the dozens or perhaps hundreds of available recordings of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, a subgroup of recent ones has emphasized its very operatic style. Within this group, performers have gone in various directions, but a single one is represented here: sheer vocal beauty of a sort that just doesn't come along every day. The vocal line trumps the dramatic meaning of the text here, but the duets between soprano Véronique Gens and countertenor Gérard Lesne are so gorgeous that you just won't care. Highlights are hard to select, but they are freely sprinkled as well through the Salve Regina in F minor for alto, strings, and continuo; hear the opening movement, with the passages in which Lesne gets to display his dark copper lower register. In the Stabat Mater itself, there are more fiery readings of the Fac ut ardeat cor meum section (track 8), but few more agonizingly delectable versions of the climactic Quando corpus morietur (track 12); Gens and Lesne begin the duet with an almost total lack of vibrato and introduce it in steps, with overwhelming effect. The small ensemble Il Seminario Musicale, directed by Lesne, is a supple instrument that keeps the focus on the singers. The short cello trio sonata at the end has the effect of winding down what is really an intense vocal experience. Notes are in English, French, and German; no texts are included, but they will be at the fingertips of even a novice Internet user. At a budget price, this is a must.
© TiVo

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