Harmonia Podcast #138: 18th-Century Music for the Virgin Mary



“Stabat mater dolorosa”

Since we’re heading towards the close of a Pergolesi Year, it’s only appropriate that recordings of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi‘s music be released by prominent labels, which means plenty of interest in the Stabat mater dolorosa, the most famous of his compositions. So famous, in fact, that Johann Sebastian Bach not only copied it out, but added improvements (not that it needed them, mind you).

The Akademie für Alte Musik‘s new recordings is wonderful, as are the soloists, Anna Prohaska and Bernarda Fink. Although Fink is in as fine a form as ever, it was a delight (and a nice surprise) to listen to Prohaska for the first time.

Marian Cantatas

One my all-time favorite Handel recordings has to the collaboration between mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and Musica Antiqua Cologne in a release entitled “Marian Cantatas,” music from Handel’s Roman period. It’s definitely one I return to regularly and never cease to enjoy.

Listen: #138—Stabat Mater and Marian Cantatas

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