Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Decca: 4831510

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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Awards:

Presto Disc of the Week

12th May 2017

Label:

Decca

Catalogue No:

4831510

Discs:

2

Release date:

5th May 2017

Barcode:

0028948315109

Length:

82 minutes

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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58


Eri Nakamura (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (contralto), Michael Spyres (tenor), Jongmin Park (bass)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jiří Bělohlávek

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Maestro Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic present an authentic interpretation of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater; a great Czech work performed by Czech musicians with an innate understanding of the music of their homeland.

Dvořák’s Stabat Mater is performed here by Jiří Bělohlávek, the Czech Philharmonic and leading soloists Eri Nakamura, Elisabeth Kulman, Michael Spyres and Jongmin Park.

Antonín Dvorák: Stabat Mater, Op.58, B71

1. "Stabat mater dolorosa"

2. "Quis est homo, qui non fleret"

3. "Eia mater, fons amoris"

4. "Fac ut ardeat cor meum"

5. "Tui nati vulnerati"

6. "Fac me vere tecum flere"

7. "Virgo virginum praeclara"

8. "Fac ut portem Christi mortem"

9. "Inflammatus et accensus"

10. "Quando corpus morietur"

Presto Classical

12th May 2017

“This is a wonderfully idiomatic account which really bears out a remark Bělohlávek once made about the ‘singing art of playing [Dvořák]’...he captures the work’s strange synthesis of baroque influences and Verdian grandeur without overegging the pudding in either direction...All in all, this is surely set to become both an award-winner and a benchmark choice for this work.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2017

“[Bělohlávek’s] relaxed though steadfast approach is immediately apparent…the Prague Philharmonic Choir’s contributions are disciplined and impassioned…[the solo quartet] are uniformly superb…Bělohlávek perfectly judges the delicate balance between singers and orchestra”

The Guardian

15th June 2017

****

“Bělohlávek’s performance is masterful in its pacing...There’s a spacious, burnished quality to the sound, the orchestra’s dark-timbred strings and emollient, airborne flutes; the choir all warmth and substance, even if one could occasionally wish it a touch more incisive. The four soloists fit their differing roles well.”

Sunday Times

18th June 2017

“The Czech orchestra and chorus have this music in their blood...Belohlavek’s choice of an international solo quartet is unusual...but [they] blend as a fine team...Spyres is the standout with his radiant singing of the “Brahmsian” Fac me vere tecum flere. An outstanding follow-up to Belohlavek’s outstanding symphonies and concertos set with the Czech Phil.”

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