Dvorak – Stabat Mater, Nov 2011

Crucifixion Sunday Nov 6th 2011, 7:00 pm Antonin DvorakAntonin Dvorak
Royal Northern College of Music
 This concert was very well received, and enjoyed by the performers.  The orchestra was large and performed well, and the soloists, all alumni of the RNCM, were excellent.  Attendance was respectable, though the auditorium was not full.
Stabat Mater is a thirteenth-century meditation on the grief of the Virgin standing by the Cross, written in Latin in three-line stanzas.  It is attributed to a Franciscan monk, Jacopone da Todi.
Dvorak’s setting, his first work on a religious theme, was begun in 1876 following the death of his infant daughter and completed in 1877 after his other two children had also died. It was his first work on a religious theme. When first performed in London in 1883 it established Dvorak’s fame in the English-speaking world. The music is beautiful, powerful and haunting, an outstanding expression of grief.
The concert began with Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture including the song “Gaudeamus Igitur”.
Linda Richardson Kathleen Wilkinson
Linda Richardson – Soprano Kathleen Wilkinson – Alto
Sipho Fubesi Darren Jeffery - photo by Brian Tarr
Sipho Fubesi – Tenor Darren Jeffery – Bass
Orchestra East Lancs Sinfonia
Conductor Nigel P Wilkinson

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