Monodies et polyphonies médiévales. (Manuscrits de Las Huelgas, Florence, Cambrigde). Polyphonies des XXe et XXIe siècles (Ivan Moody). Femmes au tombeau pour 5 chanteuses solistes de Caroline Marçot création mondiale, commande de l’Abbaye de Sylvanès. « D’abord elles se déplacent jusqu’au sépulcre pour entamer leur processus de deuil ; par les soins du crucifié : l’embaumement. Mais elles stoppent et découvrent un nouveau seuil : à l’heure où la lumière hésite entre nuit et jour, l’éblouissement éclatant de la résurrection fait écho à l’Annonciation. Car le corps du bien aimé est absent. Leur peur cède : par l’ouverture du tombeau, elles font l’expérience du vide et de ce que, dévoilé, sa conscience s’élargit.
Quels étaient la place et le statut des femmes et des hommes au Moyen Âge ? Quel rôle et quelle image les uns et les autres avaient-ils dans la vie quotidienne, au sein de la famille, du couple, mais aussi dans les institutions, les jeux de l'argent et du pouvoir ? Avec cet ouvrage alliant l'histoire des femmes à l'histoire des genres, l'auteur, spécialiste de l'histoire de l'intimité et de la famille, propose une synthèse.
This is the simply a slpendid recording- well paced, energetic and in excellent sound. I have a suspicion that many people drawn to these works pay undo emphasis on the choir [or they are choir singers] and understandably get frustrating when the choir is not front and center in the musical proceedings. But what Poulenc wrote here does not emphasize the choir [he was a master instrumentalist after all!] so the orchestra should be more prominent at times. Ragardless, this is a great performance!
Antonín Dvorák's Stabat Mater, Op. 58, written in the aftermath of the deaths of three of his children, is a sober and powerful work, inexplicably neglected and unlike any other work of choral music from the 19th century. Perhaps most performances don't capture its full weight, but this live recording from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, does so. There are many deep pleasures here. The orchestra's choir is extraordinary: rich yet without a hint of wobble and utterly clear in its sense of the text. Jansons keeps things at a deliberate pace that lets the music breathe and the currents of personal experience rise to the surface. The soloists, none terribly well known, are fine in their individual numbers, but absolutely transcendent in ensembles, nowhere more so that in the sublime "Quando corpus morietur" finale (track 10); there are a couple of other strong recordings of this work, but it seems likely that no one has ever matched this conclusion. The live recording from the Herkulessaal in Munich is impressively transparent and faithful to the spontaneity of the event. A superb Dvorák release.
As the old saying goes, "the third time's the charm." This is indeed the third time the German label Accent has issued this coupling of Domenico Scarlatti's Stabat Mater with João Rodrigues Esteves' Missa a oito voces. The first time was in 1990, when the recording by Currende under the leadership of Erik van Nevel was new, and the second in 1998 as part of a box set containing this and several recordings by Concerto Palatino. No complaints here, though, as this is one of the finest discs Accent has to offer.
This release is dedicated to some of the most famous settings of the Stabat mater, revealing the genre's varying treatment by composers over the centuries. From Palestrina's effective use of polyphony to Pergolesi's unusually sparse instrumental accompaniment, we move forward in time to contributions by Vivaldi and Haydn. These compositions rank among some of the most famous and affective music ever composed.
Marking 50 years since the death of French composer Francis Poulenc, star soprano Patricia Petibon is the soloist in new recordings of his most rapturously beautiful sacred works; “Gloria” and “Stabat Mater”. Conductor Paavo Järvi also makes his DG recording debut, conducting the Orchestre de Paris and their renowned choir.