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Rossini: Stabat Mater [Import]

Pilar Lorengar Audio CD
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  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (16 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000E3CP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 1. Stabat Mater dolorosaLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:311.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 2. Cujus animam gementemLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 3. Quis est homo qui non fleretLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 4. Pro peccatis suae gentisLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 5. Eja Mater fons amorisLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 6. Sancta Mater istud agasLondon Symphony Orchestra 7:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 7. Fac ut portem Christi mortemLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 8. Inflammatus et accensusLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 9. Quando corpus morieturLondon Symphony Chorus 4:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 10. AmenLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:320.79  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected 7 Jan 2012
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This particular version is often criticised for the conducting. I did not find an issue with it at all and in fact compared to other versions I find this very pleasant to listen to. The highlight is without doubt Cujus animam (verses 2-4)sung by Luciano Pavarotti who in 1971 was at his peak. The other contributing artists prove more than capable of delivering an excellent performance of this work. I would recommend this version which can still be bought 'used' through Amazon Marketplace for a reasonable few .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rossini Stabat Mater 18 Aug 2013
By earl e raines,sr - Published on Amazon.com
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This is THE definitive recording of this work. The soloists, chorus and orchestra are conducted by Kertiz with tempi and pathos which makes this recording stand out from all others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Rossini 10 Oct 2012
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In comparison to Pergolesi's Stabat, which is very morose and pensive, Rossini wrote it like a powerful opera. Particularly Pavarotti's tenor overwhelms all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic account, but is it still the best? 17 Mar 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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The traditional Stabat Mater text, which portrays Mary weeping beside the Cross, is so gloomy that it has attracted few great composers. The most memorable settings are by Pergolesi, Dvorak, and this one form Rossini. His innate bounciness and insouciance never go away, even under tragic circumstances, and the famous tenor aria form this work, "Cuius anima," became a hit because of its rollicking rhythm and cheerful tune - one can blank out what the text is actually saying.

The Kertesz version would stay afloat if for no other reason than Pavarotti's glorious singing; the sessions are from Dec. 1970 and March 1971, so the voice is fresh and thrilling. No other Italians appear in the vocal quartet, but Lorengar, Minton, and Sotin are a matchless set with the addition of Pavarotti, and they take care to blend beautifully in ensembles, not always true in big bowwow works like this one or the Verdi Requiem. Kertesz displays his abundant gifts as conductor, and Decca's sound, if a bit dulled over time, is by any standard very good. The LSO and its chorus are in top form.

The only real question is whether some new rivals over the past forty years have surpassed this recording. Of course they have, in isolated departments. The Muti on EMI is more visceral but was made in a cavernous acoustic. The recent Pappano, also on EMI, is thoroughly Italiante and won raves on all counts. I differ in finding both women, Anna Netrebko and Joyce DiDanato, not quite up to par. My choice for a viable rival would be Myung-Whun Chung on DG, featuring ear-catching sound, excellent conducting, and very balanced vocal forces, even if his solo quartet - Luba Orgonasova [Soprano], Cecilia Bartoli [Mezzo-Soprano], Raúl Gimenez [Tenor], Roberto Scandiuzzi [Bass] - isn't as starry as some. It's a refreshing account of a work that skims along with high spirits to begin with.

Between them, Chung and Kertesz cover every aspect of this engaging, thoroughly unreligious work, but it's hard to relinquish Pavarotti for any reason except the most compelling, so Kertesz it is.
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