Boccherini & d’Astorga: Stabat mater
Luigi Boccherini / Emanuele d’Astorga

Boccherini & d’Astorga: Stabat mater

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Boccherini wrote very little vocal music; however he left two settings of the Stabat mater. He set it first in 1781 for solo soprano and strings and then in 1800 for two sopranos and tenor, and was clearly influenced by the hugely popular Pergolesi Stabat mater of 1736. There are many similarities in the notation and harmony—even the same key of F minor is used. The writing is of extraordinary individuality, seeming to come straight from the heart.

Emanuele d’Astorga was one of the more colourful figures of early eighteenth-century music, his life the stuff of subject of legend as much as of fact. Over 150 chamber cantatas survive, but by far his most enduring work has proved to be this setting of the Stabat mater, his only known sacred composition. Throughout it we hear Astorga’s gift for writing warm melodies, typical of the Neapolitan style of the time, which movingly capture the melancholy of this most desolate of sacred texts. 

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    I. Stabat mater dolorosa
    06:18
  • 2
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    II. Cuius animam gementem
    02:44
  • 3
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    III. Quae maerebat et dolebat
    03:09
  • 4
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    IV. Quis est homo, qui non fleret
    01:32
  • 5
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    V. Pro peccatis suae gentis
    04:15
  • 6
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    VI. Eia mater, fons amoris
    06:45
  • 7
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    VII. Tui nati vulnerati
    04:27
  • 8
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    VIII. Virgo virginum praeclara
    05:07
  • 9
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    IX. Fac ut portem Christi mortem
    02:32
  • 10
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    X. Fac me plagis vulnerari
    02:15
  • 11
    Stabat mater Op. 61
    XI. Quando corpus morietur
    06:37
  • 12
    Stabat mater
    I. Stabat mater dolorosa
    03:40
  • 13
    Stabat mater
    II. O quam tristis et afflicta
    03:30
  • 14
    Stabat mater
    III. Quis est homo, qui non fleret
    04:04
  • 15
    Stabat mater
    IV. Eia mater, fons amoris
    03:12
  • 16
    Stabat mater
    V. Sancta mater, istud agas
    02:52
  • 17
    Stabat mater
    VI. Fac me tecum pie flere
    02:49
  • 18
    Stabat mater
    VII. Virgo virginum praeclara
    01:27
  • 19
    Stabat mater
    VIII. Fac me plagis vulnerari
    01:57
  • 20
    Stabat mater
    IX. Christe, cum sit hinc exire
    04:04