About the composer
Giovanni Salvatore (1610 – 1688) was a Neapolitan composer and organ player. His “Stabat Mater a cinque voci” is considered to be a trendsetter for a range of well-known (and less well-known) Stabats composed in Naples (A.Scarlatti, Astorga, Fago, Pergolesi), all belonging to the so called Neapolitan School. This refers to the Neapolitan culture in opera’s, which became an enormous influence in church music. These compositions are divided into self-contained units (chorals, recitatives, aria’s, etc) and the text is musically expressed in a very subjective way, like in the opera.
About the Stabat Mater
Two sopranos, contralto, tenor, bass, strings and continuo
The work is divided into six parts.
Only the stanzas 1 through 13 of the usual text are interpreted, but clearly this is a complete piece. Perhaps these shorter versions functioned as a hymn.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Opus 111 30-194 Tesori di Napoli, Vol II: Provenzale – Passione|
The second CD in a series focussed on the music of the so-called Neapolitan School: one of the highlights of baroque music. Recorded in the S. Erasmo Church, Naples, 1996. I bought this CD in a record shop in the Netherlands, 1997.
|Orchestra:||Cappella della Pieta de' Turchini|
|Choir:||Cappella della Pieta de' Turchini|
Emanuela Galli and Roberta Andalò, soprano
Francesco Provenzale: Dialogo a cinque voci per la Passione