Stabat Mater


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Stabat Mater


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2009



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27th July 2009




74 minutes


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Stabat Mater

Bach, J S:

Psalm 51 from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater BWV1083 'Tilge, Höchster meine Sünden'

Emma Kirkby (soprano)


Salve Regina in F minor


Concerto for Strings in E flat major 'Sonata al Santo Sepolcro', RV130

Stabat Mater, RV621

Daniel Taylor (counter-tenor and Director)

Theatre of Early Music



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This disc features beautiful and moving works reflecting on the grief of the Virgin Mary written by great Vivaldi, Pergolesi and Bach. Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater dates from around 1711 or 1712 and he used just the first ten verses of the text, creating one of the most sombre of all settings.

Bach’s adaptation of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater uses a contemporary German version of the Biblical Psalm 51. To suit the requirements of the new text Bach made certain alterations to Pergolesi’s vocal parts but retained the scheme of solo arias and duets between a soprano and an alto voice. He also added a new, independent viola part to the score and rewrote the basso continuo, giving the work a new harmonic vitality.

Pergolesi’s Salve Regina, composed around the same time as the Stabat Mater, and of a similarly expressive, sorrowful style. Of Pergolesi’s two settings of the text, the present one – originally in C minor – is the most well-known, and is here performed in the F minor version for alto voice.

Daniel Taylor directs the Theatre of Early Music as well as performing himself - “The beauty of his voice will stop you in your tracks.” Gramophone

Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata for 2 Violins and Viola in E flat major, RV 130, "Suonata a 4 al Santo Sepolcro"

Sonata for 2 Violins and Viola in E flat major, RV 130, "Suonata a 4 al Santo Sepolcro"

Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, RV 621

Stabat Mater dolorosa

Cujus animam gementem

O quam tristis

Quis est homo

Quis non posset

Pro peccatis suae gentis

Eja mater, fons amoris

Fac ut ardeat


Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Salve Regina in C minor

Salve Regina

Ad te clamamus

Ad te suspiramus

Eia ergo advocata

Et Jesum, benedictum

O clemens, o pia

Johann Sebastian Bach: Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083

Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden (Soprano, Alto)

Ist mein Herz in Missetaten (Soprano)

Missetaten, die mich drucken (Soprano, Alto)

Dich erzurnt mein Tun und Lassen (Alto)

Wer wird seine Schuld verneinen (Soprano, Alto)

Sieh! ich bin in Sund empfangen (Soprano, Alto)

Sieh, du willst die Wahrheit haben (Soprano)

Wasche mich doch rein von Sunden (Alto)

Lass mich Freud und Wonne spuren (Soprano, Alto)

Schaue nicht auf meine Sunden (Soprano, Alto)

Offne Lippen, Mund und Seele (Alto)

Denn du willst kein Opfer haben (Soprano, Alto)

Lass dein Zion bluhend dauern (Soprano, Alto)

Amen (Soprano, Alto)

BBC Music Magazine

October 2009


“Emma Kirkby at her most serene is matched by Taylor as if they were two faces of a single musical entity. With first-rate surround-sound recording and a warm ambience, this is a disc not to be missed.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2009

“There are at least half a dozen recordings of Vivaldi's Stabat mater that I wouldn’t want to be without but this profoundly beautiful version leaps straight into their ranks. The Theatre of Early Music band is small (just single strings and simple continuo) but its playing never feels underweight, and rhetorical qualities in the music are clear yet unforced. ...Taylor's intelligent and stylish singing belongs in a select class alongside a few of the finest and sweetest voices of its type. ...the well chosen programme is rounded off by Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden (Bach's creative yet respectful adaptation of Pergolesi's Stabat mater, using the text of Psalm 51), in which Emma Kirkby's delicate singing elegantly blends with Taylor's.”

Opera Britannia

28th September 2009


“Anyone looking for a musical and sensitive reading of the Vivaldi, or an interesting variation on the Pergolesi; any fan of either of the two soloists; or any audiophile should get hold of this wonderful disc as soon as possible.”

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