INFO COVID-19: STABAT MATER FOR TWO CASTRATI, initially scheduled for Sunday April 19, 2020, is postponed to Friday April 2nd, 2021
Bruno De Sá and Filippo Mineccia Countertenors
Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal
Marie Van Rhijn Organ and conductor
Two countertenors for Pergolesi’s iconic Stabat Mater: resurrecting the history of the creation in France of this work, brought by two castrati of the Royal Chapel of Louis XV!
A few months before his death at the age of twenty-six, Pergolesi was commissioned to create a new Stabat Mater to replace a previous version by Alessandro Scarlatti. Afflicted by illness, he expressed the suffering of the Virgin by using the language of passions specific to opera. Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, first performed in 1736, is one of the emblematic works of the baroque period and had a profound impact on the musical world of the 18th century, particularly in France.
The Italian castrati of the Royal Chapel of Versailles (Louis XIV invited 8 from Italy as early as 1679 for his sacred music), brought the score from Italy and highly recommended the composition, both at the court of Louis XV and at the Concert Spirituel. When Paris discovered Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, the public fell for the revolutionary composition of the young Neapolitan genius, who sadly died too young... This success lasted during the entire century.
Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Concerto in C major for violin, organ and cello RV 554a (first mouvement)
Jean-Baptiste Pergolèse (1710-1736)
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