About the composer
Francesco Nicola Fago, ‘II Tarantino’ was an Italian Baroque composer and teacher. Born (1677) in Taranto, he studied music under Francesco Provenzale at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini in Naples between 1693 and 1695. Between 1704 and 1708 he worked at the Conservatorio Sant’Onofrio, but from 1705 to 1740 he was based at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini, where his pupils included Leonardo Leo, Francesco Feo, Giuseppe de Majo, Niccolo Jommelli, Nicola Sala, Michele de Falco, Carmine Giordani as well as his own son Lorenzo Fago. From 1709 to 1731 he also served at the Tesoro di San Gennaro. He died in Naples in 1745.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, Countertenor, Tenor, Bass and strings
The composition is divided into four parts. All 20 stanza’s are sung included the final Amen. From the cd-booklet: It is probably the case that this Stabat Mater was performed on Maundy Thursday in 1719 by a confraternity as was described in the Giornali Napoli of the period. Here we have one of the few Neapolitan Stabat Maters from the time of Pergolesi written for four voices and violins, rather than for the characteristic scoring for soprano and alto, after the model established by Alessandro Scarlatti.
The "Analecta"-version of the text is used.
Information about the recording
|CD:||GLOSSA GCD922605 Il Tresoro di San Gennaro|
Mr. Fré Thissen pointed me to this cd. The San Gennaro mentioned in the title of this CD refers to one of the patron saints of Naples, Saint Januarius. He was born sometime in the 3rd century and died around 305. He was bishop of Naples.
Valentina Varriale, soprano
Domenico Scarlatti: Sinfonia a 5 in do maggiore