About the composer
Quirino Gasparini was born in Gandino, near Bergamo, Italy, in October 1721. Though he became a priest, he also studied composition and cello. He traveled a lot, though not outside his country. He worked in Venice and Bologna, but eventually he settled in Turin where he became Maestro di cappella at the cathedral. He composed several operas, eleven masses, three requiems and other sacred works, but only his Stabat Mater was published during his lifetime. He died in Turin in 1778.
About the Stabat Mater
|Performers||2 Sopranos and orchestra|
|Particulars||The work is divided into 9 parts, the final Amen being treated as a separate part. The music is nice, though personally I like a bit more contrast between the soloists.|
|Textual variations||The "Analecta"-version of the text is used, but
with some variations.
- Stanza 4, line 2: Not "Et tremebat cum videbat" but "Pia Mater dum videbat"
- Stanza 5, line 2: Not "Christi Matrem" but "Matrem Christi"
- Stanza 16, line 2: Not "Passionis eius sortem" but "Passionis fac consortem"
- Stanza 13, line 1: Not "Fac me vere tecum flere" but "Fac me tecum, pie, flere"
|CD||Cypres Records CYP1639: Stabat Mater - Abos - Tartini - Gasparini|
|About this CD||The CD contains three Stabat Mater compositions
from about 1760, which have in common that the almost the same soloist
voices have been used.
It was recorded at the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, December 2002.
|Soloists||Isabelle Poulenard and Isabelle Desrochers, sopranos|
|Other works||Giuseppe Tartini: Stabat Mater
Girolamo Abosi: Stabat Mater
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