About the composer
Quirino Gasparini (1721-1778) was born in Gandino, near Bergamo, Italy. Although he became a priest, he also studied composition and cello.
He traveled extensively within his country, working in Venice and Bologna, before ultimately settling in Turin where he became the Maestro di cappella at the cathedral.
Gasparini composed numerous operas, eleven masses, three requiems, and other sacred works, but only his Stabat Mater was published during his lifetime. He passed away in Turin in 1778.
About the Stabat Mater
2 Sopranos and orchestra
The work is divided into 9 parts, the final Amen being treated as a separate part. The music is nice, though personally I like a bit more contrast between the soloists.
The "Analecta"-version of the text is used, but with some variations.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Cypres Records CYP1639: Stabat Mater – Abos – Tartini – Gasparini|
The CD contains three Stabat Mater compositions from about 1760, which have in common that the almost same soloist voices have been used. It was recorded at the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, December 2002.
Isabelle Poulenard and Isabelle Desrochers, sopranos
Giuseppe Tartini: Stabat Mater