World-premiere recording of Pergolesi: Septem verba a Christo | Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs, cond.

Pergolesi: Septem verba a Christo | Akademie für Alte Musik, Rene Jacobs cond. | 1 cd | $NZ 33  hmc902155

Pergolesi: Septem verba a Christo | Akademie für Alte Musik, Rene Jacobs cond. | 1 cd | $NZ 33 hmc902155

Now attributed to Pergolesi on the basis of the most recent research, the Seven Words of Christ has been regarded, ever since it was discovered by Hermann Scherchen, as ‘one of the most heartfelt works of art, full of profound tenderness and an all-conquering sense of beauty’.
This major work of the Neapolitan Baroque (1736) was given its concert premiere at the Beaune Festival in July 2012, a few days before it was recorded.

“the work is beautiful, and its deeply spiritual loveliness has been realised in a fine period performance. Certainly, it won’t be languishing in dusty libraries any more. It is, in its own way, just as sublime as the Stabat Mater, and René Jacobs and his musicians have given it a comprehensive rehabilitation.” Charlotte Gardner BBC, 11th March 2013

“this hybrid cycle of seven early-18th-century cantatas based on the Seven Last Words is deeply impressive…The mood ranges wide, from fiery, coloratura-laden anger to a touching lyricism.” Sunday Times, March 2013

“the music is both constantly surprising and often profoundly eloquent; Jacobs’s soloists, as well as the instrumentalists of the Berlin orchestra, project that sense of devotional wonder without a trace of self-conscious piety.” Guardian, March 2013

Sophie Karthäuser, soprano | Christophe Dumaux, countertenor | Julien Behr, tenor | Konstantin Wolff, bass | Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs

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