Towards Better Democracy

Good words, well written, better the world. Good literature betters the world immeasurably.

Giovanni Felice Sances – Stabat Mater, Carlos Mena, counter tenor; Philippe Pierlot, conductor

Giovanni Felice Sances – Stabat Mater 

Giovanni Felice Sances (c.1600-1679)
Stabat Mater-Stabat Mater
Carlos Mena – Alto
Ricercar Consort – Philippe Pierlot

Sances’ dates of c1600 – 1679 place him well before the two masters of the setting, Alessandro Scarlatti, 1724 and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, 1736 composed theirs. Phillippe Pierlot choses to follow firmly the later Baroque tradition with some nodding to the previous era with the word painting. Notable is having  Carlos Mena switch registers. The instrumentation and pace are pure Baroque. These are all choices that Pierlot has made in his interpretation of how the work should be performed. The lush, smooth sound is pure modern.

Malcolm D B Munro
Tuesday 18 October, 2016

Filed under: Media, poetry, songs, stories

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