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Rossini: Stabat Mater [Import]

Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano Audio CD
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  • Performer: Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
  • Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (8 Nov 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0041EV5CI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Introduzione: Stabat Mater Dolorosa Juxta Crucem Lacrimosa Dum Pendebat Filius (Soli & Chorus)Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro10:13Album Only
Listen  2. Aria: Cujus Animam Gementem Contristatam Et Dolentem Pertransivit Gladius (Tenor)Members of SWR Symphony Orchestra 5:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Duett: Quis Est Homo, Qui Non Fleret, Christi Matrem Si Videret In Tanto Supplicio (Soprano I & II)Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro 6:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Aria: Pro Peccatis Suae Gentis Vidit Jesum In Tormentis Et Flagellis Subditum (Bass)Members of SWR Symphony Orchestra 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Coro E Rezitativo: Eja, Mater, Fons Amoris, Me Sentire Vim Doloris, Fac, Ut Tecum Lugeam (Bass & Chorus)Kantorei Maulbronn 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Quartetto: Sancta Mater, Istud Agas, Crucifixi Fige Plagas Cordi Meo Valide (Soli)Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro 6:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cavatina: Fac, Ut Portem Christi Mortem, Passionis Fac Consortem, Et Plagas Recolere (Soprano II)Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Aria E Coro: Inflammatus Et Accensus Per Te, Virgo, Sim Defensus In Die Judicii (Soprano I & Chorus)Kantorei Maulbronn 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Quartetto: Quando Corpus Morietur, Fac, Ut Animae Donetur Paradisi Gloria (Soli & Chorus)Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Finale: In Sempiterua Saecula. Amen (Soli & Chorus)Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro 7:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Award-winning conductor Antonio Pappano and his acclaimed Roman orchestra the Accademia di Santa Cecilia release Rossini's Stabat Mater. The recording includes star soloists Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and Ildebrando d'Arcangelo.

Although Rossini focused heavily on opera, he was still able to find some time to undertake commissions of a non-operatic nature. Supreme among these was to be the Stabat Mater. "I would say that the Stabat Mater - the picture of the Virgin Mary standing below the crucifix watching her son die and this beautiful set of prayers or scene setting is sublimely put to music by Rossini." says Maestro Pappano.

Pappano's recent releases with the Roman orchestra includes the award-wining and critically-acclaimed Verdi Requiem, Respighi's ‘Roman Trilogy', the Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4-6 and Puccini's opera ‘Madama Butterfly' with Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann which won Gheorghiu the Female Artist of the Year honour at this year's Classical Brit Awards. Pappano himself won the Critics' Choice award for his recording of the Verdi Requiem.

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Gioachino Rossini Rossini: Stabat Mater (Pappano)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid! 12 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
I believe that this is as fine a recording of this work as you'll find. Although I have frequently heard this piece, both live and recording, this set made me think I was hearing the work for the first time. I give Antonio Pappano credit for this fresh and vivid approach. He is especially effective in bringing out the more lyrical passages and coaxing some exquisite soft singing from his soloists. Just listen to the "un poco meno" section of the bass aria "Pro peccatis" elegantly sung by Ildebrando d'Arcangelo.

Indeed, the soloists are all splendid. Lawrence Brownlee makes the aria "Cujus amimam" sound effortless as he delivers it with golden tone. The darker colour of Netrebko's voice contrasts well with the brighter palate of DiDonato in their duet and they sing their respective arias with great beauty. Perhaps the highlight of the recording is the a capella quartet "Quando corpus morietur."

I have one minor quibble: the voices of the soloists are much more forward than those of the choir. They seem to come from different aural planes. Even in the choral movements, the choir seems remote and recessed. This, however, is not so significant as to impair one's enjoyment of this excellent set.

Highly recommended!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A word to the wise... 6 Mar 2011
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Like Antonio Pappano's "Verdi Requiem" released eighteen months ago, this recording has been heavily hyped and promoted at a time when new such recordings are thin on the ground - and like that "Requiem" (see my review) I think it has merits without being anything special. Certainly the choir, orchestra and Pappano's conducting are all as good as one could wish but I think we run into some trouble once we start making comparisons between the soloist teams here and on previous celebrated versions, particularly with the women.

In case you think I'm being hypercritical, I would say that I am not by far the only commentator to express reservations - although those who dissent are likely to be drowned out and showered with abuse and negative votes for saying so. Maybe it's a case of only dead fish going with the tide, but swimming against is my MusicWeb reviewer colleague Bob Farr, who has also heard a lot of versions and remains underwhelmed. While acknowledging the "dramatic thrust" of Pappano's direction he has serious doubts about the sound balance, which places the soloists too far back, apparently seemingly behind the orchestra, and secondly he expresses disappointment with both Netrebko and DiDonato. I certainly immediately noticed the wobble and lack of firmness in a voice which, when even in its prime, was always too soft-grained for the spinto qualities the music demands and here sounds distinctly laboured. Some have attributed the recent deterioration in her voice, also noticeable in her Micaela in "Carmen", to her having returned to singing too soon after giving birth, when time is needed to recover from the physiological and hormonal changes that happy event occasions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rossini's Stabat Mater 8 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
I would like to express complete satisfaction with my purchase of the CD of the Stabat Mater by Rossini. The music is really marvellous and I would urge anyone who loves choral music to buy this stunning performance which expresses, in my view, perfectly the awful grief of a Mother who is watching her son being crucified. The orchestra and chorus, called the dell' Accademia di Santa Cecillia conducted by Antonia Pappano and the four soloists give a sensitive and expressive performance of a wonderful Masterrpiece. In addition, there is a very informative leaflet which includes an English translation of the text..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Especially for Good Friday 30 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Every Good Friday I try to make a point of listening to Haydn's "Seven Last Words" in the superb performance by the Lindsays (advert) which is enhanced by a very moving meditation on the words themselves in the liner notes by Dr John Taylor, a former Bishop of Winchester. When I saw that Rossini's Stabat Mater was to be the "Building a Library" item on a recent edition of the BBC's CD Review I thought this might form a suitable companion piece although, like many people, I suspect, the only number I had heard before was the "Cujus animam".

The extracts I then heard led me to realise that this work is an underrated masterpiece. It is clearly a forerunner for Verdi's Requiem, and although the latter is by far the greater work that does not in any way diminish the power and musicality of the Stabat Mater.

As for this recording, which I now own, my only criticism is one already noted ie that the soloists are not well integrated with the choir and orchestra. This is particularly noticeable at the beginning (or perhaps one's ears become more accommodating later on). In all other respects -including the price - it is a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars new composition 21 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Only recently discovered this side of Rossini. Discovered this from another artist's CD of" Cujus Animam" and checked with Amazon for Rossini. Bought this one. Excellent CD and makes me look at others like this.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rossini. Stabat Mater. Pappano 21 Feb 2011
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This could have been the most recommendable version of Rossini's great work. The only real fly in the ointment is the soprano Anna Netrebko who is badly miscast. The score cries out for a dramatic soprano with a flame like voice capable of dealing with all aspects of the part. I realise that, sadly, such voices are scarce right now. Renee Fleming would have been a better choice. The choral ending is magnificent as is Pappano's conducting throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to hear.
Fine performance, well recorded, but not currently in the catalogue despite being recent and a "Gramophone" prize-winner.
Published 26 days ago by R Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great piece
Beautiful voices, excellent orchestra.
Heard it first on radio3 and enjoyed it so much.
Different from other works of Rossini!
Published 3 months ago by Jila
5.0 out of 5 stars On Radio 3.
Absolutely brilliant recording and artistes,especially the bass soloist.Not one ever to give away. I wish I could sing like that!
Published 4 months ago by J. A. Hague
4.0 out of 5 stars Rossini's score is brilliant
This was a very exciting CD to listen to, because of the wonderful score written by Rossini. I have another CD of the same work, which I personally found more thrilling. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars great CD
the Jewel case holds the CD place very well. The paper insert was not torn when it arrived. I was pleased when I put the CD in the CD player the recording sounded like Rossini's... Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Willoughby
5.0 out of 5 stars A real wow...
I took a chance and bought this based on other peoples reviews. I love it, the first time I heard it, I felt I knew it and now I can't listen to it enough. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by C. Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor recording
Nowhere near the best recording of this piece I have heard. The poor balance between singers and orchestra spoils the experience and requires the volume to be set extremely high.
Published on 28 May 2011 by Mr. J. G. Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Given how good last year's Verdi Requiem was, I was not expecting something which would threaten to top it, but here it is. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Mr. David A. Norris
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