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  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Composer: Antonin Dvoák
  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: LPO
  • ASIN: B007N0SW46
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Stabat mater dolorosa13:56Album Only
Listen  2. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Quis est homo? 8:20Album Only
Listen  3. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Eia, mater 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Fac ut ardeat cor meum 7:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Tui nati vulnerati 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Fac me tecum flere 5:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Virgo virginum praeclara 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Fac ut portem Christi mortem 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Inflammatus et accensus 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Quando corpus morietur 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Amen 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Legendary composer and sitarist Ravi Shankar is one of India’s most highly esteemed musical ambassadors, renowned for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. 2010 saw the première of his ambitious fusion work, his first symphony conceived for a Western symphony orchestra, which translates the aural sensibilities and sound-worlds of Indian music into a Western structural framework. In this live recording of the work’s première, David Murphy conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka on sitar.

Ravi Shankar travelled a great deal in the West as a child dancer in his elder brother Uday Shankar’s troupe of Indian musicians and dancers. During a long sojourn in Paris in the early 1930s he met many of the legends of Western classical music: George Enescu, the great Romanian violinist and composer who was then teaching the teenage Menuhin in Paris. Toscanini, Heifetz, Paderewski, Casals, Kreisler and the great Russian bass Chaliapin were some of the musical legends who made an impact on the young Ravi Shankar.

He also experienced the reaction of Westerners to hearing Indian music for the first time. He noticed that the Western ear is attuned to harmony, modulation and counterpoint: musical textures which of necessity are almost entirely absent in Indian music in order to maintain the melodic purity of the raga. He realised Western-trained ears needed an awareness of the rhythmic and melodic structures underpinning Indian music in order to appreciate it.

Thus in later years, Ravi Shankar became the first Indian musician to explain these concepts to his audiences. Through Ravi Shankar, Indian music began to have an influence on most genres of Western music: Yehudi Menuhin became a duo partner and George Harrison was another Western musician for whom the music of India resonated deeply. Harrison became a devoted student and lifelong friend, thus the influence of Indian music reached out to a whole generation.

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...this performance is a triumph, with flawless playing. An interpretation to savour. --Gramophone,Sept'12

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin Hodson on 6 Nov. 2012
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I found this a most disappointing recording. Although it has a distinguished conductor and performing forces I felt the speeds, virtually of all the movements too fast for comfort, and certainly too fast for some of the soloists. If I had not previously known the work, I would not have realised what a great piece it is from this recording where I would have dismissed it after one hearing. Try the Kubelik recording for a much more satisfactory reading: now this to me is how the work should sound.
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Good, but... 18 Oct. 2013
By N. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Dvorak's Stabat Mater is one of the classics of choral music, and I've been a fan since hearing "Eia, mater" on the soundtrack of Due South ten years ago. That first hearing probably colors my impressions of this recording.
Neeme Jarvi has chosen here to take a faster tempo than in other recordings, and while it breathes life into some of the slower movements, I'm not sure the tempo fits the words anymore. On the third track (still my favorite) the chorus is singing "Eia, Mater, fons amoris/me sentire vim doloris/fac, ut tecum lugeam," which in the liner notes translation is "O mother, fount of love/ make me feel the strength of thy grief/that I may lament with thee," but the whole is sung so quickly that I get the sensation the singers want only to be done with this grief as soon as possible. For comparison, Jarvi's chorus sings that movement in 5:25 minutes, while Rafael Kubelik's version takes a full two minutes longer.
Opinions will vary, of course, and I can't fault the musicianship of the performers. The sound production is excellent, the London Philharmonic orchestra superb. And the faster tempo makes for an interesting contrast to other interpretations, but overall, this version is not my favorite.
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