About the composer
Nicolas Flagello (1928-1994) was born in New York City, into a very musical family. Nicolas began playing the piano at three and to compose at the age of ten. He entered the Manhattan School of Music in 1945. Upon graduating in 1950 he joined the faculty, where he remained for more than 25 years. In 1955, he won a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
As a composer, Flagello held firmly to a belief in music as a personal medium for emotional and spiritual expression. He produced a large body of work, including six operas, two symphonies, eight concertos, and numerous orchestral, choral, chamber, and vocal compositions. As a conductor, he made many recordings with the Orchestra Sinfonia di Roma and the Orchestra da Camera di Roma, focusing on repertoire from the Baroque to the 20th century. In the mid-1980s, his career was cut short by a degenerative disease, at which time a number of his works were left without orchestration. Many of these works were later orchestrated by composer and editor Anthony Sbordoni. Flagello died in New Rochelle, New York, on March 16, 1994. Since his death Flagello’s music has generated a greater following, and many of his major works have been recorded.
About the Stabat Mater
Orchestra and Choir,
Nicolas Flagello's Stabat is a part (6.48 minutes) of his Passion of Martin Luther King. Flagello had long admired Martin Luther King’s dedication to the ideals of human justice and was deeply moved by the influential black leader’s assassination in 1968. He was seeking a suitable form of musical tribute when he recalled a work he composed in 1953 for chorus and orchestra titled Pentaptych which included settings of five texts of Latin liturgy:
Only the first four stanza's of the Stabat Mater text have been used.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Naxos 8.112065 Flagello conducts Flagello|
This composition was recorded in Barking Assembly Hall, London, England on 1 and 3 May 1969. Mr. Hubert Maillard from Switzerland pointed my attention to this CD and was kind enough to send it to me for free. Thank you so much!
|Orchestra:||London Philharmonic Orchestra|
L'infinito, Nicolas Flagello
|Code:||2020 FLA - 01 (292|