About the composer
Bononcini (1677 – 1726) came from a family of musicians in Modena. He should not be confused with his brother Giovanni Maria who wrote a study book on counterpoint, or with Giovanni Battista, who was a great operatic rival of Händel in London and who was suspected of stealing compositions. Antonio composed about 20 operas and many cantatas. Probably he composed his Stabat Mater in Vienna, in view of a certain similarity with the works of Caldara and Astorga.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, strings and continuo
The composition is divided into 14 parts. The first 6 contain 2 stanzas, the other 8 each 1 stanza. Bononcini uses a variety of voices and accompaniment. After the intro by the chorus and a soprano aria we hear a duet of soprano and alto, accompanied just by continuo. The second choral is a slow fugue, after which the alto aria opens with a violin solo. The next chorus is accompanied by the full orchestra with organ continuo. The final chorus is a fugue again. Surprisingly the final "Amen" is omitted.
The text according to "Analecta" is used, with one exception:
|CD :||Decca 443 869-2 (double CD): Pergolesi: Stabat Mater – Scarlatti – Bononcini|
|About this CD:|
A nice collection of Stabat Maters and some other works, even if the registrations are rather old. As it is the only Bononcini registration that I know of, every collector should have it. It was recorded in 1977. I bought this CD in a record shop in the Netherlands, 1998
|Orchestra:||Philomusica of London|
|Choir:||Choir of St.John's College, Cambridge|
Felicity Palmer, soprano
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Stabat Mater + Magnificat in C major
|Code:||1998 BON 01|