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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