About the composer
Licinio Refice was born in Patrica, Italy, in 1883. He studied at the Liceo di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 1910 he became a priest and for some 40 years he teached church music at the Scuola Pontificia Superior di Musica Sacra of the Vatican. He was a friend and admirer of Lorenzo Perosi, choirmaster and composer at the Sistine Chapel, who made his first publication financially possible. Refice’s music was regarded by some of his contemporaries as a little too theatrical for sacred music, and in fact Refice composed some quite successful operas, the most well-known being Cecilia. It was also regarded as a bit scandalous that he appeared in theatres to conduct these works. Therefore, to some it may have appeared a kind of justification that Refice died while conducting his opera Cecilia (Rio de Janeiro, 1954). Refice composed a great body of sacred music, for instance some 30 masses and 10 oratorio.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, tenor and pianoforte
In this performance of the Stabat Mater a pianoforte is used instead of more extended instrumentation. The work is not divided into clearly discernable sections. Generally, the music is simple and melodious, quite suited for use in liturgy.
The "Vatican" text is used, with no changes.
Information about the recording
|CD:||ARES di Verona – Licinio Refice, Stabat Mater|
Not the real CD, but a copy. Beside the Stabat Mater it contains a number of other compositions of Refice. It was recorded at the Chiesa di S.Giovanni Battista, in Patrica, February 2000. I received this CD as a present from my friend Franco Nava from Rho, Italy.
|Choir:||Coro da Camera "Daniele Paris"|
Anita Selvaggio, soprano
Ombra di Nube