Juan Bautista Cansino
About the composer
Juan Bautista Cansino was born ca 1826 in Malaga, Spain. He studied music from 1837 at the Cathedral of Malaga. At the age of twelve he was already a choirmaster there and after that second organ master. In 1876 he had to resign from his positions because the cathedral, his employer, had to cut costs and could no longer pay him due to the economic crisis in Spain. He moved to Madrid and continued to compose, gave private piano lessons and published also more popular music, for piano, like, malagueñas, fandangos and zarzuelas.
He died in Madrid in 1897. All his sacred (94) and secular compositions fell into oblivion. Forgotten for a long time, he was again the subject of conversation when Antonio Banderas, musicologist and organist, had discovered an operatic Stabat Mater of Cansino in the archive of the Cathedral of Malaga.
About the Stabat Mater
two sopranos, mezzo soprano, tenor, baritone, choir and orchestra
The Stabat Mater from 1854 is one of seven Stabat Maters that Cansino wrote. It consists of ten movements. All twenty stanza’s are sung. Besides ensemble numbers there is a duet (for two sopranos) and there are solo arias for baritone, soprano and tenor. Special are the flute, cello, violin or clarinet that Cansino added to these arias. The orchestral parts are very lyrical and elsewhere dark and dramatic in atmosphere.
The Analecta-version of the text has been used. In the tenth movement, the text of stanza six (Quis non posset contristari) is sung again, this time not by the baritone, but by all the soloists and the chorus. Cansino adds a line here: In sempiterna saecula, Amen.
Information about the recording
|CD:||2021 IBS Artists. Catalog no IBS62021.|
This sensational find was put on CD in 2021. CD time 47.05 min. Recorded: July 2020, Monte Calvario Chapel, Malaga.
|Orchestra:||Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga|
|Choir:||Coro Catedral de Málaga|
Lourdes Martín, soprano