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|Appréciation d'ensemble / Overall evaluation :|
Reviewer: David Vickers
Stabat mater discography offers plenty of outstanding interpretations
catering for different tastes. Nevertheless, Julia Lezhneva’s bright-eyed
tone and sensitive shapeliness is an ideal counterfoil to Philippe
Jaroussky’s limpid sincerity. I Barocchisti’s strings balance the
sympathetic phrasing of rhetorical details with the need for the slow music
to flourish in an atmosphere of unaffected simplicity. Livelier movements
occasionally feature some gutsy exaggerations from the band (the over-done
ritornellos in ‘Inflammatus et accensus’), but there is also genteel
elegance – if undermined by hurried tempi – in passages such as ‘Sancta
Mater, istud agas’ (in which both soloists deliver supremely lovely
singing). The conclusion, ‘Quando corpus morietur’, is judged exquisitely.
Diego Fasolis masterminds a compelling paradox of tenderness and vividness
that confirms why Pergolesi’s deathbed masterpiece retains its fascination.