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Thread: Your Favorite Stabat Mater (Hymn to Mary)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    How about a little applause for Haydn's Stabat Mater. There's also Poulenc and Dvorak.
    Excellent choices.
    My favorite stabat mater of all is Dvorak's. It is so haunting and heart wrenching.
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    REQUIEMS
    Dvorak
    Faure Requiem
    Mozart
    Rossini
    Salieri
    Verdi

    STABAT MATERS
    Boccherini
    Dvorak
    Haydn
    Mayr
    Poulenc
    Rossini
    Steffani
    Vivaldi

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    Without a doubt it is Pergolese's Stabta Mater. I especially love the version with Philippe Jaroussky


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    Rossini by miles and miles for me. I do not need to suffer. I celebrate life. The same people who attacked Rossini for writing music that was "Too Uplifting" must have been absolutely miserable.

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    Vivaldi and Pergolesi. Also, I liked what little I've heard from Rossini's Stabat Mater.

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    I find myself choosing not according to the composer, but according to how well a composer interprets each stanza of the poem. Vivaldi handles every stanza well, but his is an abridged version. Pergolesi has only a few interpretative blips, when he forgets the poem. Dvorak is incredibly attuned to the words throughout his rendition. Palestrina is beautiful, but of one tone, where the poem needs more variety. Rossini, with the exception of two stanzas, is in opera mode. Verdi is attuned to the words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCS View Post
    I find myself choosing not according to the composer, but according to how well a composer interprets each stanza of the poem. Vivaldi handles every stanza well, but his is an abridged version. Pergolesi has only a few interpretative blips, when he forgets the poem. Dvorak is incredibly attuned to the words throughout his rendition. Palestrina is beautiful, but of one tone, where the poem needs more variety. Rossini, with the exception of two stanzas, is in opera mode. Verdi is attuned to the words.

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    Rossini and Vivaldi's are easier to enjoy. But I would still vote for Pergolesi.

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    It's so difficult to have only one... I will mention my favourites:

    Josquin Desprez (1440-1521)

    Capilla Flamenca / Dirk Snellings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IMSdpYpbag

    Vivaldi (1678-1741)

    Ensemble 415 / Chiara Banchini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XUC2MQ74DE

    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

    Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZrYxbOTUq4

    Agostino Steffani (1653-1728)

    I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfCWIKgOfPU

    Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)

    Ensemble 415 / Chiara Banchini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps9Md2fLawU

    Joseph haydn (1732 - 1809)

    The English Concert & Choir / Pinnock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwDOsrcFqkI

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSBach85 View Post
    It's so difficult to have only one... I will mention my favourites:

    Josquin Desprez (1440-1521)

    Capilla Flamenca / Dirk Snellings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IMSdpYpbag

    Vivaldi (1678-1741)

    Ensemble 415 / Chiara Banchini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XUC2MQ74DE

    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

    Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZrYxbOTUq4

    Agostino Steffani (1653-1728)

    I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfCWIKgOfPU

    Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)

    Ensemble 415 / Chiara Banchini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps9Md2fLawU

    Joseph haydn (1732 - 1809)

    The English Concert & Choir / Pinnock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwDOsrcFqkI
    But, if you have the gun pointed at you and you had to choose, it would be........?
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    The Josquin's is supreme. You both feel the pain and overcome it through serenity.

    The Vivaldi's and Pergolesi's are a bit melodramatic. But in the right hands (the great countertenor David Daniels for the former, and Kathleen Ferrier for the latter), they can be highly spiritual and emotionally draining.

    For larger scale Stabat Mater, I like Verdi's, Dvorak's and Poulenc's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    But, if you have the gun pointed at you and you had to choose, it would be........?
    I would say Vivaldi. I have a special predilection for the sacred works of Vivaldi since I first listened to it while visiting a Cathedral several years ago.

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    My favorite is definitely the Szymanowski, but I also like the Vivaldi & Haydn. Brilliant has a good collection of Stabat Maters if one is so inclined.
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    I like many, but at this moment I'd have to tip my hat to Paul Mealor's "Sabat Mater," which he wrote after his grandmother died.

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    Release Date: 14 November 2011
    Record Label: Decca Classics
    Catalogue Number: 4764814
    Location of Recording: Saint Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London
    Total Running Time: 01:13:45
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    Pergolesi and since people recommended it I am now listening to Haydn's. Wonderful music!

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    Dvorak's Stabat Mater is my favorite.

    After that: Vilvadi's and Pergolesi's.

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