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Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Laudate Pueri, Confitebor

Philippe Jaroussky Audio CD
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The French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky first studied the violin, winning first prize in the National-Regional Music School in Versailles. From 1996 he turned to singing, working with Nicole Fallien, and won the Victoire de la Musique as outstanding new singer of 2004.

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  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky, Julia Lezhneva, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera
  • Orchestra: I Barocchisti
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Composer: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00FESL264
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Stabat mater: I. Stabat mater dolorosa 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stabat mater: II. Cujus animam gementem 2:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stabat mater: III. O quam tristis et afflicta 1:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stabat mater: IV. Quae moerebat et dolebat 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stabat mater: V. Quis est homo qui non fleret 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stabat mater: VI. Vidit suum dulcem natum 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Stabat mater: VII. Eja Mater, fons amoris 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stabat Mater: VIII. Fac Ut Ardeat Cor Meum 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stabat mater: IX. Sancta Mater, istud agas 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stabat mater: X. Fac ut portem Christi mortem 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stabat mater: XI. Inflammatus et accensus 1:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stabat mater: XII. Quando corpus morietur 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Laudate pueri Dominum: I. Laudate pueri Dominum 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Laudate pueri Dominum: II. A solis ortu 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Laudate pueri Dominum: III. Excelsus super omnes 1:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Laudate pueri Dominum: IV. Quis sicut Dominus 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Laudate pueri Dominum: V. Suscitans a terra 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Laudate pueri Dominum: VI. Gloria Patri 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Laudate pueri Dominum: VII. Sicut erat in principio 2:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Confitebor tibi, Domine: I. Confitebor tibi Domine 2:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Confitebor tibi, Domine: II. Confessio et magnificentia opus ejus 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Confitebor tibi, Domine: III. Fidelia omnia mandata ejus 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Confitebor tibi, Domine: IV. Redemptionem misit populo suo 1:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Confitebor tibi, Domine: V. Sanctum et terribile nomen ejus 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Confitebor tibi, Domine: VI. Gloria Patri 1:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Confitebor tibi, Domine: VII. Sicut erat in principio 2:470.99  Buy MP3 


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Two voices of celestial beauty and expressive poignancy come together in this recording of Pergolesi’s exquisite, but tragically charged Stabat Mater as Philippe Jaroussky is joined by soprano Julia Lezhneva.

The Stabat Mater is written for solo soprano and solo alto accompanied by strings. The two singers on this new recording perfectly combine youthful vocal bloom with stylistic sensitivity and a capacity to convey the restrained tragedy of the work.

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ERA 5099931914727; ERATO - Francia; Classica vocale sacra

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime: but which is which? 4 Nov 2013
By C. Wake
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I have previously admired Julia Lezhneva's technique, but this disc reveals a further talent; she is an accurate vocal mimic. In these performances she matches Philippe Jaroussky's tone colour so exactly that it is often very difficult to tell which of them is singing. The only giveaway is the fact (let's be brutal) that Jaroussky's technique is not quite a match for hers - though he gives her a good run despite her advantage of a natural voice. He must have found the experience of having a tiny vocal mirror standing next to him rather disconcerting.

This very close matching of voices is not a stunt. It ideally serves the music here, all of which is written for two singers with nearly equal ranges (in the "Stabat Mater" the second voice has exposed f''s, while the first only once goes beyond g''). In their duets they imitate each other and then combine, but never argue. Vocal contrast is therefore not desirable; vocal blending is, and vocal blending is what Lezhneva and Jaroussky give us, to a degree beyond anything in my previous experience. I know that Jaroussky has a mezzo range, but he deserves particular congratulation for his control of his upper register - no shrieking or yelping (the besetting sins of falsettists - and others) except just a little in the "Amen" of the "Confitebor tibi" (where he is covering a true soprano part, and it is a bit of a stunt).

Diego Fasolis also serves the music well, with forceful phrasing and tempi where appropriate. Those used to more sugar-plum versions of Pergolesi may find Fasolis rather abrasive at times, but we must remember that the "Stabat Mater" - even as set by Pergolesi - is mostly about fear of hell. The band is excellent, the choir a bit beefy in the complementary (rather Vivaldian) psalm-settings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming rendition of the Stabat Mater, 17 Mar 2014
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Pergolesi's greatest achievement before he died - at 26!! I loved the music already and now these two voices, that seem so filled with the spirit of the Stabat Mater (although Jaroussky says of himself that he is an atheist). Amazing blending of the voices - one may dislike that as one of the reviewers does, but in this case I find it a sign of complete harmony and dedication to the music instead of to the "Self".
I truly hope that Decca is not starting to kitschify Julia Leshneva. She is so young, and must be rather overwhelmed by this sudden leap of her career. But there is already a Kitsch-video of her Mozart Alleluia on her website, responsibility of Decca, of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars praise for Pergolesi's Stabat mater 19 April 2014
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This is a lovely piece of work, it transports you to another place. Listen whilst you have time to close your eyes and absorb the beautiful harmony of the singer's voices.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hesitating because not achieved 17 Nov 2013
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I love this stabat mater. I have been deceived by Netrebko, I appreciate a lot Ricciarelli, I had a wonderfull experience with A.scholl, the best for me with Bonney and Rousset. A marvelous program. I have many recordings and I bought this one because I had the chance to listen to Lezhneva in Mozart in Beaune in France and Jarroussky is one of my favourite counter tenor. BUT... this program is perfect and deceptive. The sound of the voices... who sings what and Lezhneva covers the voice of Jarrousky too many times. So not great and not pleasure but unconfort. So I cannot say I'm completely happy with this recording, even if it could have been a perfect moment with such stars...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning singing! 16 Nov 2013
By Harry Sillen - Published on Amazon.com
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Having impatiently waited to receive this disc, I immediately put it on. The Stabat Mater is one of my favorite works and I have many recordings of it. My favorite had been Giulini's recording with Margaret Marshall and Lucia Valentini-Terrani, which is beautifully sung and played. But it is from another time and the style won't appeal to many new listeners. It remains a great favorite of mine, but the new recording is something else again. The singing is simply stunning. The two voices of Julia Lezhneva and Philippe Jaroussky blend so well, that it is sometimes pretty hard to distinguish who is singing. They both seem totally involved with the text and music. Diego Fasolis conducts his Barocchisti the same way he did in Handel's Faramondo: total commitment and great joy in playing, although "joy" might be the wrong word in a Stabat Mater. There are two other compositions on the new disc: "Laudate pueri Dominum" and "Confitebor tibi Domine", both of which were unknown to me. In the "Laudate" there is a little aria, sung by Jaroussky, that must be heard to be believed. His breath-control is simply unworldly. The waiting for Jaroussky's return to the recording studio was worth the wait. This disc is simply a "Must Buy".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning singing, pure beauty 20 Dec 2013
By Tetyana Antimirova - Published on Amazon.com
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These two voices are so extraordinary, and when they sing together, the effect is just magnified. Julia is so young, just 23 years old, and already so accomplished! I can only imagine how far she can reach in the future> I do not have to comment on Jaroussky, he is extraordinary in each and every respect.,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performances, but the sound is very bright and edgy 5 Mar 2014
By Stephen E. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the other reviewers that this is a special recording of Pergolesi's sublime Stabat Mater. Both singers are remarkable both on their own and together, when they blend superbly. My problem is with the sound of the recording, which I find to be very bright and edgy. I've played it on 5 different systems through 3 different sets of speakers and 2 different sets of headphones, hoping to find one on which it is at least enjoyable. On each one, however, I have the same problem with the sound being too bright. I have to turn the volume way down to reduce the edgy glare that affects not only the period instruments, but also the voices. But at these low volumes the experience lacks the presence I feel the music requires to be enjoyed fully. Hence the recording was deeply disappointing to me. What's the point of having such a marvelous performance if you can't bear to listen to it because of the sound quality? Perhaps I just got a "bad pressing," but I doubt it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaroussky soars, Lehzneva shines !! 17 Dec 2013
By Baroque1718 - Published on Amazon.com
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Most beautiful, sublime and youthful "Stabat Mater" ever been recorded. Jaroussky and Lezhneva has quite a different timbre but their voices blend amazingly well. Lezhneva is quite young but her warm soprano voice is remarkably fit for this work. She has most skilled coloratura. The greatest surprise in this disc was "Laudate pueri Dominum" in which Jaroussky was at his greatest. In Track #14 "A solis ortu", his voice soars for unbridled joy of life and music. His incomparable timbre of countertenor voice is strong and always crystalline clear but rich and warm. He has most accomplished, confident and sure vocal technique which put listeners at ease and to enjoy his dazzling singing. The greatness of Jaroussky is culminated in Track # 18 "Gloria" . No one can sing this composition more beautifully than Jaroussky. Maestro Fasolis's highly controlled but warm direction brought out the very best of two star singers and chorus.
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb new interpretation, plus some surprises 18 Feb 2014
By Van ScarF - Published on Amazon.com
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It is that obsessive question about what would one take if he were to spend the rest of the life on a deserted island. I would definitely take one of the Pergolesi's Stabat Mater interpretations.
I have just received this CD at the office (I dislike Amazon sending through UPS at home), and couldn't wait the end of the day before unsealing the CD and listening it on my PC's CD unit on a pair of Sony headphones. Audiophile setting this is not. But, even so, it was good enough to realize what a superb interpretation this is.
As the previous reviewers already said, the voices of Lezhneva and Jaroussky match very well, and blend nicely in general.
"Laudate Pueri" comes as a very nice surprise, especially listening to the countertenor capabilities of Jaroussky.
For my baroque taste, Lezhneva's voice is a little bit too profound in the lower registry. Something better fitted with Rossini. But, in the upper registry, she represents all the value of the baroque music, demonstrating a very high pitch and superb tremolos. For the upper registry I would recommend track 4 from http://www.amazon.com/Alleluia-Julia-Lezhneva/dp/B00ABNLASC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392753757&sr=8-1&keywords=lezhneva, while her http://www.amazon.com/Rossini-Opera-Arias-Gioachino/dp/B003V8SW6C/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1392753847&sr=8-4&keywords=lezhneva is a very good example of how nice her voice is developed for this composer.
Diego Fasolis and his Barocchisti are well known specialists in the baroque music, so their very good interpretation shouldn't come as a surprise.
Summing, this is a very good interpretation of a baroque jewel, by some accomplished musicians of the present moment. But, would I take it on a deserted island? I don't know. My preferred interpretation remains http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000006321/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk , but this new one comes to a very close second place.
I would even say that both interpretations together give me a better understanding of how beautiful Pegolesi's music is.
In the end, I can only admit my inability to separate very well the value of these interpretations. That is why, I would be very grateful to everyone who listened both, to leave me a comment with their opinions.

EDIT: I was so excited writing about Stabat Mater, that I simply forgot the surprise - at least, for me - that "Confitebor tibi Domine" is. The interpretation is magnificent, and the surprise comes with how strong and full the music is with such small resources (in term of number of instruments and voices). It is another demonstration that good music doesn't need a lot of noise to show its value. And, "Sanctum et terribile nomen ejus" (track 24) shows again - if needed - the great talent of Jaroussky, becoming my favorite track on this CD. Bravo!
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