Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor Eri Nakamura soprano Ruxandra Donose mezzo soprano Ji-Min Park tenor Matthew Rose bass London Philharmonic Choir
In the face of the God he worshipped and loved, Rossini never really believed himself an adequate creator of sacred music. But when presented with the text of the Stabat Mater – a poetic portrayal of the mother of Christ weeping at the cross of her crucified son – something special was stirred inside him. Beethoven might have insisted that Rossini produce ‘more Barbers of Seville’, but even he can’t have denied the spiritual weight of the Italian’s Stabat Mater. From extreme delicacy, the music becomes impassioned, tender and deeply devotional, full of evocative masterstrokes of word-setting. After his astonishing recent performance of Brahms’s Requiem, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is sure to conjure something special in this intense, devotional masterpiece.
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