Pergolesi - Stabat Mater (2010)



As a composer Pergolesi’s productive career began at the age of twenty, and by twenty-six (March 1736) he had died of tuberculosis. During his lifetime Pergolesi’s fame was restricted, in the main, to Rome and Naples, yet after his death, his reputation eclipsed most other composers in the second half of the eighteenth century. The whole of Europe developed an increasing curiosity for his compositions. His posthumous celebrity status was such a magnet in the music world that, hoping to reap large financial profits, publishers and opera directors alike attributed his name to hundreds of vocal and instrumental works by lesser-known composers. Following Pergolesi’s death the Stabat Mater became one of the most celebrated and frequently printed works of the 18th century.

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Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire.

Concert venues include Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam),Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York). The numerous residencies Florilegium have held over the years include being the first period instrument Ensemble-in-Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. This Residency was for three seasons and involved the group performing several series of concerts each year and becoming actively involved in the Hall’s education work. Since September 2008 they have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music in London, where they are responsible for coaching 18th century baroque chamber music. Their over twenty recordings for Channel Classics have been awarded many prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, Diapasons d’Or and Chocs de la Musique. Florilegium’s cd of Telemann’s Paris Quartets Vol 2 received the Classical Internet Award from The Bach Cantatas disc with Johannette Zomer was awarded a 2008 Edison Award, Dutch music’s most prestigious prize. The second volume of Baroque Music from Bolivian Missions was nominated for a 2008 bbc Music Magazine award, and bbc Music Magazine selected volume 3 as Disc of the Month for April 2010. A disc of music by Pergolesi was released in May 2010 and was bbc Music Magazine’s cd choice in the vocal category in July 2010. Future recordings include Florilegium’s arrangements of Bach’s Organ Trio Sonatas, and a recording of Couperin’s Les Nations.

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Pergolesi - Stabat Mater (2010)




een stuk met een onmiskenbare magie (…) (…) Adembenemende muziek met een heel eigen stempel van een geniale componist (…)

    Classics Today

Here's the way I began my last review of a new recording of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater: "Just when you question the need for yet another recording of . . .(fill in the blank), you hear something-a recording such as this one-that not only erases your doubts, but also reminds you why you keep coming back for more: the performer. Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas has a lovely, clear, pleasingly bright tone and all the right stuff for Pergolesi's most lyrical and lively lines; countertenor Robin Blaze never has sounded better, his timbre warmly resonant, his technique fluid and effortless, his intelligence and thoughtful interpretive manner on impressive display-and proving a perfect match for Thomas. And speaking of instruments, also to be commended are the Florilegium instrumental players, who include the group's director, flutist Ashley Solomon, and cellist Jennifer Morsches, both of whom offer excellent additions to the program-the delightful (if doubtfully by Pergolesi!) Flute Concerto in G major and the (authentic) Sinfonia in F major for cello and continuo. (…) (…) Highly recommended (even if you already have one or two others!).

    Classic ƒM

Beauty and technical ease combine in a performance that captures Pergolesi’s subdued reverence. (...) Lesser-known instrumental works provide extra interest.


Prise de son fruitée, particulièrement pour la flûte et le violoncelle L’ensemble impose une grâce délicate (…)


The singing and playing are superb. This disc ranks with the best versions available.


Een meesterwerk (...) (...) De sopraan en countertenor ‘matchen’ geweldig in de duetten en hebbeb iedera fzonderlijk prachtige stemmen. Het ensemble speelt met veel lucht om de instrumenten en treffen met hun ‘adem’ de sfeer perfect.

    Opus Klassiek

Regelrecht meesterwerk. (…) Florilegium belicht een boeiend aspect van deze geweldige partituur.


de sopraan en tenor zingen heel alert en stralen tegelijkertijd rust uit. Ze houden de pathetiek eruit en zoeken de expressie in het dansante. De hoge stem is bijzonder: licht en helder, maar met een wonderlijk kruidig vleugje. De tenor is ook te horen in een mooi verzorgd Salve Regina.


een bijzonder subtiel stuk, dissonanten en voorbehoudingen dwingen elkaar langzaam neerwaarts. Het stuk krijgt een schitterende serene en toch van smart doortrokken uitvoering door het ensemble Florilegium, de zonnige sopraan Elin Thomas en de countertenor robin Blaze (...) Een alleraardigst fluitconcert en een voortreffelijke Sinfonia voor orkest en cello geven seculier tegenwicht.

    BBC Music Magazine

“Paradises observed in awesome quietness before a dazzling Amen” The singers are intensely sensitive in the six descriptive and six pleadingly prayerful verses of the Stabat Mater. (…) this new disc matches the competition in vocal quality and excels in the clarity of Florilegium’s single strings. Above all, the spaciousness of its surround-sound recording is often breathtaking. Shut your eyes, and your room expands to he scale of the London church where it was recorded, bathing the sound in its glorious acoustic. (…) (…) Ashley Solomon’s flute tone to create delightful transparency in this sunny concerto, while Jennifer Morches’s cello, is refreshing clear, unaffected, almost gamba-like.


die Interpretation bleibt auf subtile weise dem Text verpflichtet und fasziniert gerade durch diese Herangehensweise, ohne an Spannung zu verliern. Den beiden perfekten Gesangssolisten und dem Countertenor gelingt eine höchst empfindsame Gestalttung

Pergolesi - Stabat Mater (2010)



Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Ashley Solomon, Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: London England 2010
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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