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Pergolesi: Septem verba a Christo

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin Audio CD
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  • Performer: Sophie Karthäuser, Christophe Dumaux, Julien Behr, Konstantin Wolff
  • Orchestra: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Composer: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
  • Audio CD (4 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Classique
  • ASIN: B00A6U5B6M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum I: Pater, dimitte illis: non enim sciunt qui faciunt (Luke 23:34), Christus (bass) Recitativo Huc, o dilecti filiiKonstantin Wolff, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 1:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum I: Pater, dimitte illis: non enim sciunt qui faciunt (Luke 23:34), Aria En doceo diligereKonstantin Wolff, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 4:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum I: Pater, dimitte illis: non enim sciunt qui faciunt (Luke 23:34), Anima (alto) Aria Quod iubes, magne DomineChristophe Dumaux, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 4:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum II: Amen dico tibi: hodie mecum eris in Paradiso (Luke 25:43), Christus (tenor) Recitativo Venite, curriteJulien Behr, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs0:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum II: Amen dico tibi: hodie mecum eris in Paradiso (Luke 25:43), Aria Latronem hunc aspiciteJulien Behr, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 4:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum II: Amen dico tibi: hodie mecum eris in Paradiso (Luke 25:43), Anima (soprano) Aria Ah! peccatoris supplicisSophie Karthäuser, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 5:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum III: Mulier ecce filius tuus (John 19:26), Christus (bass) Recitativo Quo me, amor?Konstantin Wolff, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 2:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum III: Mulier ecce filius tuus (John 19:26), Aria Dilecta GenitrixKonstantin Wolff, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 3:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum III: Mulier ecce filius tuus (John 19:26), Anima (soprano) Recitativo Servator optimeSophie Karthäuser, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 1:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Aria Anima "Quod iubes, magne Domine"Sophie Karthäuser, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 6:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum IV: Deus meus, deus meus, ut quid dereliquisti me? (Mark 15:34), Christus (bass) Aria Huc oculosKonstantin Wolff, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 5:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum IV: Deus meus, deus meus, ut quid dereliquisti me? (Mark 15:34), Anima (alto) Aria Afflicte, derelicteChristophe Dumaux, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 5:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum V: Sitio (John 19:28), Christus (bass) Aria O vos omnes, qui transitisKonstantin Wolff, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 5:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum V: Sitio (John 19:28), Anima (tenor) Aria Non nectar, non vinum, non undasJulien Behr, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 4:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum VI: Consummatum est (John 19:29), Christus (bass) Aria Huc advolate mortalesKonstantin Wolff, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 6:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum VI: Consummatum est (John 19:29), Anima (soprano) Aria Sic consummasti omniaSophie Karthäuser, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 5:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum VII: Pater, in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum (Luke 23:44-46), Christus (bass) Recitativo Quotquot coram cruce statisKonstantin Wolff, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 1:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum VII: Pater, in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum (Luke 23:44-46), Aria In tuum, Pater, gremiumKonstantin Wolff, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 5:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata: Verbum VII: Pater, in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum (Luke 23:44-46), Anima (tenor) Aria Quid ultra peto vivereJulien Behr, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs 6:25£0.89  Buy MP3 


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Now attributed to Pergolesi on the basis of recent research, the 'Seven Words of Christ' has been regarded as one of the most heartfelt works of art, full of profound tenderness and an all-conquering sense of beauty [Hermann Scherchen, on its discovery in 1930]. However, his judgment has remained unheeded and only the discovery of two more manuscripts in the abbeys of Kremsmünster and Aldersbach, by the musicologist Reinhard Fehling, prompted the firm of Breitkopf & Härtel to publish a critical edition. In principle this recording follows the Breitkopf edition. Its editor very kindly gave René Jacobs facsimiles, not only the individual parts from Kremsmünster (his principal source), but also those from Metten and Zurich. Pergolesi s work, probably composed between 1730 and the year of his early death, 1736, was intended for an extra-liturgical devotion on Good Friday. This major discovery of the Neapolitan Baroque was given its concert premiere at the Beaune Festival in July 2012, a few days before this world premiere recording.

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HMF 902155; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia; Classica vocale sacra

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular rendition of al unknown masterpiece 24 Mar 2013
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René Jacobs and his marvelous Berlin players did it again! I did not know,as many others I believe, this Pergolesi work. It's an absolute masterpiece, comparable to his popular Stabat Mater. The Performance of the Akademie l musicians led by Jacobs combine heartfelt passion with musical precision . A joy to listen at
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph in all Regards 6 Oct 2013
By willow
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After having listened to this piece a coupe of times, I immediately wanted to sit and write a great list of superlatives, at the risk of producing what possibly might have appeared as nothing more than some overly emotional and sentimental pile of dribble I took a step or two back. So, instead I thought it prudent to wait a while and let the passion calm a little. Unfortunately no such diminution has occurred, this is without doubt some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard, when I first heard Berlioz' L'Enfence du Christ, I was enveloped by a similar feeling, with this however the intensity is even greater. This isn't music you put on to cover the silence of being, or as something just playing in the background. Never mind its ecclesiastical associations or its age, this music inspires, is affirmation of how good life can be and the value of aesthetic beauty, a periodic dose of this and anti-depressants need not apply. If I sound as though I'm gushing, well perhaps I am, but not without reason, listen to it and you'll hear for yourself.
Everything about this harmonia mundi issue is excellent, the quality of the recording is outstanding vis. good balance across the soundstage, just enough warmth without being over done, the qualities and contrast between the voices is really outstanding. As for the Akademie fur Alte Musik, under Rene Jakobs, adequate description defies me, of course with the aforementioned sound quality, each and every instrument is crystal clear, again the balance is superb and a soundstage that seems to go on forever.
In addition to all of that is the enclosed booklet, and libretti, in three translations with the original latin. There is also a very informative biography of the singers, plus an introduction to the piece and some discussion its uncertain origins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, if not great music 6 Feb 2014
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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I like this disc of music recently attributed to Pergolesi, and it is very good to have more of Pergolesi's music available in excellent performances like this. I can't quite share the rapturous enthusiasm of the other reviewers here, though; for me, this is good rather than great music.

Here, Pergolesi has set the Seven Last Words of Christ on the cross for a range of largely solo voices. They are skilful emotional settings and show what a loss Pergolesi's early death was but they don't quite engage me with the power of his Stabat Mater and Salve Regina. It's hard to put my finger on why, but the amazing dissonances of Stabat Mater aren't used much here, for example, and it just doesn't grab me by the throat in quite the same way. That said, there's plenty of very enjoyable music here, there are moments of true pathos and it's still very good music.

René Jacobs and his ensemble are, as one would expect, excellent. The four soloists are very good and Jacobs brings really fine performances from them and the instrumentalists, shaping the music to give it genuine emotion without ever spilling over into sentimentality. It's very finely judged, and beautifully recorded by Harmonia Mundi.

Plenty of others don't share my slight reservations about the music, and they just represent a personal feeling, so don't let me put you off. This is a good disc which is beautifully performed and recorded, and very nicely presented. I can still recommend it – just not quite as warmly as some of Pergolesi's other music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Religious music 31 Jan 2014
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Wonderful music played and sung as should be. If you like the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, you should investigate in this work and will not be disappointed I am sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, if not great music 6 Feb 2014
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this disc of music recently attributed to Pergolesi, and it is very good to have more of Pergolesi's music available in excellent performances like this. For me, though, this is good rather than great music.

Here, Pergolesi has set the Seven Last Words of Christ on the cross for a range of largely solo voices. They are skilful emotional settings and show what a loss Pergolesi's early death was but they don't quite engage me with the power of his Stabat Mater and Salve Regina. It's hard to put my finger on why, but the amazing dissonances of Stabat Mater aren't used much here, for example, and it just doesn't grab me by the throat in quite the same way. That said, there's plenty of very enjoyable music here, there are moments of true pathos and it's still very good music.

René Jacobs and his ensemble are, as one would expect, excellent. The four soloists are very good and Jacobs brings really fine performances from them and the instrumentalists, shaping the music to give it genuine emotion without ever spilling over into sentimentality. It's very finely judged, and beautifully recorded by Harmonia Mundi.

Plenty of others don't share my slight reservations about the music, and they just represent a personal feeling, so don't let me put you off. This is a good disc which is beautifully performed and recorded, and very nicely presented. I can still recommend it - just not quite as warmly as some of Pergolesi's other music.
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