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Hardly religious at all...,
This review is from: Rossini: Stabat Mater (Audio CD)
This work is a joy from start to end, but do not expect to experience any serious epiphany of a religious nature along the way. Apart from the opening dolorosa, it's pure operatic vocal display and lots of catchy tunes to boot: it's as if Rossini has done his duty and is now off on another bel canto romp up Calvary way. This performance is good - not outstanding - and the Philharmonia is marshalled efficiently by the great Giulini. However, for a more unbridled approach (which is what this essentially sunny setting needs) go for Kertesz and Pavarotti on Decca. It's all a hoot anyway - but wonderfully melodic and hummable.
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Initial post: 24 Apr 2012 11:02:43 BDT
Mr. A. G. Bungay says:
I agree with you Guy, more than a hint of Python about the music, but I wonder the genius here might by an early example of the Sondheim strategy of saying serious things in a buffo context. The haunted quality of the opening segue the Cujus Animanum maybe?
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