Les deux Stabats
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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi completed his Stabat Mater, one of the most important works of church music of the 18th century, in 1736, just a few weeks before his untimely death at the age of 26. An indication of its popularity lies in the countless revisions made of the composition by a number of other composers (including one by Bach dating from around 1745). In 1790s Vienna, Mozart's former student Joseph von Eybler rewrote the score, which was originally written only for soprano and alto soloists and strings, into one for four parts - meaning for four vocal soloists and a four-part choir - and at the same time significantly increased the size of the orchestra. Further changes to the arrangement were made by Ignaz Ritter von Seyfried and, a few decades later, by Otto Nicolai. Thus was born this extraordinary version, which will receive its second-ever Hungarian airing at our performance tonight.
Our programme is entitled ‘Les deux Stabats': this was how the Parisian church concerts where Pergolesi's and Haydn's Stabat Maters were performed on successive evenings were advertised in the 1780s. The popularity of these concerts at the time was quite extraordinary, and although the presenters did their best to find more ‘contemporary' Stabat Maters that could be included in this programme, only Haydn's work has proved able to maintain its popularity for such a long time, alongside the brilliant Pergolesi, born 41 years before it. Our objective for this programme is to evoke in the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall the memory and atmosphere of these Parisian concerts of the last decade before the French Revolution.
Presented by: Hungarian National Philharmonic
Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
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