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Stabat mater, RV621
composer
1712
author of text
Sequence for the Feast of Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Recordings
'Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 5' (CDA66799)
Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 5
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'Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44171/81)
Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music
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Movement 1: Stabat mater dolorosa
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Movement 2: Cuius animam gementem
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Movement 3: O quam tristis et afflicta
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Movement 4: Quis est homo, qui non fleret
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Movement 5: Quis non posset contristari
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Movement 6: Pro peccatis suae gentis
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Movement 7: Eia Mater, fons amoris
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Movement 8: Fac ut ardeat cor meum
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Movement 9: Amen
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Stabat mater, RV621
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This justly popular work belongs to the very first generation of Vivaldi sacred vocal music to be discovered and revived in the twentieth century. Alfredo Casella included it, alongside the even more celebrated Gloria, RV589, in his pioneering ‘Vivaldi Week’ at Siena in 1939, and it has been available in print since 1949. The circumstances that led to its composition for Brescia in 1712 were described earlier. One point needs to be made very clear: unlike the composers of other famous settings of the time—who include Pergolesi, the two Scarlattis, Steffani and D’Astorga—Vivaldi does not set the complete poem of twenty three-line stanzas plus an ‘Amen’, as appropriate for the liturgy of the Mass; instead, he sets only the first ten stanzas, as prescribed when the text is used as a hymn at Vespers. As Deus tuorum militum, RV612, makes plain, the normal way of setting hymns was to repeat the same music for successive verses. Perhaps the Stabat mater text was too long for a purely strophic setting to be contemplated, or perhaps Vivaldi’s ambition and imagination did not permit this. At any rate, the result is a fascinating and unique mixture of the strophic approach (the music for movements 1 to 3 being repeated for movements 4 to 6) and the through-composed approach normal in Psalms.

Moving and expertly written though RV621 is, it betrays the hand of a composer still much more experienced at writing for instruments than for voices. Within each movement, the musical motifs tend to be developed autonomously in a manner that would later be called ‘symphonic’, irrespective of the changing images and emphases in the words. The breath of L’estro armonico, Op 3 (1711), Vivaldi’s first published collection of concertos, is clearly felt. On occasion, however, Vivaldi achieves spectacular effects of word-painting—notably in the seventh movement, ‘Eia mater’, where jagged rhythms express, almost as in a Bach Passion, the scourging of Jesus. The mood is solemn and tragic throughout; Vivaldi restricts himself to the two keys of F minor and C minor, and the tempo moves between moderately slow and extremely slow in a manner prescient of Haydn’s Seven Last Words from the Cross or Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 15.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1999

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Details for CDS44171/81 disc 6 track 17
Movement 9: Amen
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-99-79917
Duration
1'12
Recording date
10 October 1998
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 5 (CDA66799)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: February 1999
    Deletion date: April 2014
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
  2. Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44171/81)
    Disc 6 Track 17
    Release date: October 2005
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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