Johann Baptist Vanhal
About the composer
Johann Baptist (born: Jan Krtitel) Vanhal (1739 – 1813) was, like Tuma, a Czechian composer. He was befriended with Mozart and Haydn, and was regarded, like these, as on of the important symphonists. Vanhal composed 70 symphonies, a large number of string quartets and music for piano. He was so loved that he could live of his compositions. During a trip to Italy, however, he began to suffer from mental disorders. He got religious delusions and he heard voices who told him to destroy all his secular works and to restrict himself to religious music. In this period he composed some 60 masses, numerous litanies and religious arias and also the Stabat Mater in f minor.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, alto and orchestra
The composition is divided into 12 parts, largely conform the structure of the poem. As Vanhal prescribes only 2 voices, the use of a female choir to replace the duets, as on this recording, is not according to the composition.The final word "Amen" is worked out as a fugue in an independent musical section, not as a part of the last stanza. A very nice Stabat Mater.
The "Analecta"-text is used, but with the following change:
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Recorded at the Evangelische Kirche, Soukenická, Prague, in April 1993. I bought this CD in a record shop in the Netherlands, 1997.
Natalia Melnik, soprano
Symphony in D major