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Jenkins: Stabat Mater

10 Mar 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 10 Mar 2008
  • Release Date: 10 Mar 2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:01:58
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  • ASIN: B001IP42WI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,835 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Mar 2008
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I'm not sure this album is a masterpiece. In places the music can be repetative and slightly unimaginative. That sounds like a much bigger criticism than it really is though. I gave this album 5 stars becase where the music itself may lack the arrangements and the performances more than make up. Belinda Sykes voice is nothing short of breathtaking. The unlikely mix of arabic and baroque sounds works to provide an endlessly interesting texture through which Belinda Sykes weaves a thread of beauty the like of which I have never heard before.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Second Basses rule the wold! on 10 Jun 2008
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Some of the previous Reviews seem to imply that this is just Karl Jenkins again (Ho Hum). I wonder if they would say the same about Beethoven "Oh I've heard all nine Symphonies and they are all terribly Beethoven". Well yes and that is their glory as are the works of Karl Jenkins. I have sung both the 'Armed Man' and the 'Requiem' and both moved me beyond measure. I imagine that this will do the same when my Choral Society (inevitably) performs it. Like most Of Jenkins Music the first listening gives the result of "very nice but I am not sure what it's all about'. The second listening gets the juices flowing and by the third listening you are totally hooked. The harmonies of the Ave Verum and the use of Arabic for the Incantation are positively ethereal. Yes there are echoes of the Requiem and the Armed man but this piece is all the better for that. Just stick with it folks and you will see what I mean.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ludz on 28 Sep 2008
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As a fan of "The Armed Man', 'Requiem' and 'This Land Of Ours', it's no wonder I listened to the CD prepared to be instantly blown away. However, at first I found it to be less inspired than the previous works, yet was delighted to find Jenkins was coming to my home town to conduct Stabat Mater, which I went to see last night.

It's true that the movements with more pace have the signature quirky rhythms we have come to expect from Karl Jenkins; yet the more contemplative movements are profound and poignant, particularly those featuring the amazing Belinda Sykes. Her Arabic singing and playing of the duduk (which I discovered last night is a recorder-sized instrument with a double reed) is nothing short of mesmerising, both on the CD and live. The work is worth purchasing for Sykes' 'Incantation' alone.

The beautiful 'Lament' offers a solo of exquisite tenderness to the cor anglais as 'Benedictus' did for the violin in 'The Armed Man.' Coupled with the alto singing of a Mother's grief, it would be difficult to remain unmoved here. As an oboist myself, this is the highlight of Stabat Mater.

A wonderful experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Crimp on 12 Feb 2012
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The text of "Stabat Mater" meditates on the suffering of Mary during Christ's crucifixion. The work is in 12 movements,as follows:-

1.CANTUS LACRIMOSUS is the longest movement at 9 minutes.I feel that this goes on far too long, especially the repetitive ending.
2.INCANTATION (in Arabic) is very evocative and beautifully sung by Belinda Sykes.
3.VIDIT JESUM IN TORMENTIS is mostly fairly gentle music for the chorus with a more impassioned conclusion. I feel that this movement is effective.
4.LAMENT .. Wow! Where did this mezzo come from? (Jurgita Adamonyte) What a lovely tone she has for this really beautiful song.
5.SANCTA MATER .. I usually skip this movement. It is my least favourite, rather loud and 'in your face'.
6.NOW MY LIFE IS ONLY WEEPING features Jurgita (actually, she's from Lithuania) with another beautiful melody. Belinda Sykes concludes the section in Aramaic.
7.AND THE MOTHER DID WEEP ..these title words are sung in five languages. The movement begins pleasantly, but becomes a little repetitive.
8.VIRGO VIRGINUM ...this is quite a contrast from the previous movements, quite light, with a pizzicato-type accompaniment.
9.ARE YOU LOST OUT IN DARKNESS? features the two female soloists, singing in English and Aramaic. This is an effective movement, but just a shade too long.
10.AVE VERUM .. this music suits the words very well; it is a very peaceful setting.
11.FAC,UT PORTEM CHRISTI MORTEM is a rather gentle section with an effective percussion accompaniment.
12.PARADISI GLORIA builds up to quite a climax, but it is repetitive and I don't feel that the music suits the words.

The notes have details of the soloists and composer, as well as the text and full translation.

So, it is a CD for armchair listening, but I strongly suggest you have the remote handy, to skip to the next track. Definitely worth the investment, though, just for the solos.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cashmere Bedsox on 8 Jun 2008
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Before you music snobs have a go and tell me that Jenkins is commercial and shallow, I don't expect you to even be reading this review. These notes are for listeners who already appreciate Jenkins and are wondering whether to buy this new album.

Stabat Mater builds on and has overtones of the more familiar works. But it isn't a step forward in the same way that The Armed Man was (and in my view, Jenkins will never write a better piece of music). What it certainly does do is deliver some real emotion. The album is based on a poem about how Mary felt as her son was crucified. I'm not religious, but I am a Dad. There are times when you listen to this piece where your thoughts will turn to your own children. Nothing can convey how a mother would feel watching her son tortured, but at times whilst listening to this, you a certainly moved by her lament.

Terrific album - you won't be disappointed.
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