Stabat Mater, Pergolesi
William Shield Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Treherne MBE, Soprano Julie Gill, Mezzo Rachel Rew
Following a successful performance at Brinkburn Priory in the Summer of 2019, the William Shield Chamber Orchestra and soloists, directed from the harpsichord by John Treherne MBE, will perform Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in full as part of our Saturday Lunchtime Classics series at 12 noon on Saturday 15th February. Tickets are £8 and will be available on the door.
Stabat Mater is a setting for two voices, strings and continuo of a poem by a 13th century Franciscan monk, Jacopone da Todi. The poem describes the emotional anguish of the Virgin Mary as she stands at the foot of the cross and the physical sufferings of Christ himself.
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) composed this setting of the poem in the few months before his own untimely death, at the age of 26, from tuberculosis. It was probably his final composition, written in full knowledge of his imminent death and his music fully reflects the emotional intensity of the poem.
Rousseau described the opening movement as “the most perfect and touching duet to come from the pen of any composer”. Over almost three centuries, countless listeners have found in it an appeal to the deepest human feelings in the face of death.