About the composer
Mikhail Bronner, born in 1952, is a well known contemporary Russian composer. He graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and completed his postgraduate studies in 1981. He is author of more than 100 compositions: operas, ballets, symphonies, choral, vocal and chamber music.
Bronner has set a large number of sacral texts to music: Dona nobis pacem, Stabat Mater, Book of Psalms. Many of his compositions were inspired by images, themes and characters in the Bible (Old Testament) including Tower of Babel for Russian folk orchestra (2011) and Expulsion from Eden for viola, bass clarinet, vibraphone and bayan (2008). His Jewish Requiem for four soloists, mixed and children‘s choirs and orchestra (1992) has been performed in six cities in Germany, including Berlin. Works by Michael Bronner were recorded on 43 CDs.
He is a winner of several prices, such as the Shostakovich Prize, the International Theater-Star Award 2017. He is a board member of the Moscow Union of Composers and the chairman of the selection committee of the Union of Composers in Moscow.
About the Stabat Mater
Mezzo soprano, children‘s choir and orchestra.
The Stabat Mater has five parts. All stanza’s are sung. After stanza 20, the choir sings the first stanza again, ending with Amen, sung by choir and soloist. Mr Bronner wrote to us: The text is identical to that used in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. My work is written in such a way as to be performed on the same evening with the work of Pergolesi. This is how the piece has been performed many times. The suffering of the Mother, who sees how her Son is being killed, inspired me to create this work. Unfortunately, the endless repetition of this story makes it relevant at all times.
The "Analecta"-version of the text has been used, with one change:
Information about the recording
|CD:||Mikhail Bronner Dona Nobis Pacem ART181|
Released in 2009 (ART Service, Moscow), recorded in the Gnesinsky Concert Hall on Povarskaya, Live recording.
|Orchestra:||The Seasons Chamber Orchestra|
|Choir:||The Poliot Children's Choir|
Svetlana Rossiyskaya, mezzo-soprano
Mikhail Bronner: Dona Nobis Pacem for mixed choir and organ (1995)