Stabat Mater

During his lifetime he was often misunderstood, during a performance even an orange is said to have flown to his head. But after Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's early death, the door opened to his music. His posthumous fame even went so far that works by less successful composers were published and performed under his name. His intimate "Stabat mater", which expresses the pain of the Mother of God over the death of Jesus, was one of the most popular pieces of the 18th century and inspired other composers to adapt it. Johann Sebastian Bach, for example, used it to form his cantata "Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden".

Program and cast

Interpreters


Tonkünstler Orchestra
Sophie Karthäuser, Soprano
Christopher Lowrey, Altus
Jonathan Cohen, conductor


Programme


GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL
"Silete venti" Motette HWV 242
Concerto grosso A minor op. 6/4
HWV 322


ANTONIO VIVALDI
"Cessate, omai cessate" Cantata for alto, strings and basso continuo
RV 684


GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI
Stabat mater for soprano, alto, strings and basso continuo

 

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Grafenegg Festival, Austria

The Grafenegg Music Festival is a new major international Austrian festival for classical music close to Vienna. The annual festival takes place on the grounds of Grafenegg Castle. Two major venues have been built for the festival in the park of the castle: The open-air stage Wolkenturm (capacity 1,730, opened 2007) as well as the new concert hall Auditorium (capacity 1,372, opened 2008).

The artistic director is pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The festival's program consists of symphonic and chamber music as well as recitals. International guest orchestras are performing as well as the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, which serves as orchestra in residence. The first festival started on August, 23rd, 2007 and lasted until September, 9th, 2007.

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