About the composer
Philippe Hersant was born in Rome in 1948. After completing his music studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur du Musique in Paris, notably composition, he set aside for himself a decade in which to find his own language. His patient maturation had more to do with books and words than the exclusive study of his art (with the exception of many kinds of extra-European kinds of music). An avid reader (he has a degree in letters), and also a lover of the cinema, he has drown on the most varied literary and cinematographic sources.
With a varied catalogue of around ninety pieces (not counting his scores for the cinema and the theatre), Philippe Hersant has achieved broad recognition on the temporary music scene. He was commissioned by (among others) Radio France, Paris Opera, Leipzig Opera, the Orchestra National de Lyon, the orchestre National de Montpellier.
About the Stabat Mater
Chamber choir (ten voices) and Viola da gamba,
The composition is written for ten voices and viola da gamba. It is special that the viola da gamba does not accompany the voices but entertains a constant dialogue with them. From the CD booklet: The composer considers the work "a concerto for viola da gamba with voice orchestra" making no secret of the debt which his piece ows to Domenico Scarlatti's renewed Stabat Mater, also composed for ten voices and from which writing takes a few quotations. Both works were stamped with the same gravity and the same lyricism
The "Analecta"-version of the text is used, except for stanza 16. Stanzas 12-15 are omitted.
Information about the recording
|CD:||DECCA 481 0486Philippe Hersant – Clair Obscur|
The CD is the recording of four works by Philippe Hersant, all composed for choir and viola da gamba.
|Choir:||Ensemble Sequenza 9.3|
Christine Plubeau, Viola da gamba
|Code:||2014 HER-01 (251)|