José Joaquim dos Santos
About the composer
José Joaquim dos Santos was born in 1747 in Óbidos, Portugal. When he was about 6 years old he entered the Seminary of the Patriarchal Church where he stayed and finally became First Music Master. He also seems to have been a tenor singer in a monastery. His Stabat Mater must have been regarded as something special, as it was the only sacred vocal work that was printed in Lisboa in the second half of the 18th century. Apart from this one he composed another three Stabat Mater works. He died probably in 1801, as in that year about 50 masses were said on behalf of his soul.
About the Stabat Mater
2 Sopranos, Bass, strings and continuo
The composition is divided into 12 parts, the last part a small fugue on the word "Amen". It is written in the Neapolitan style, with clear operatic influences and has some nice melodies.
The "Analecta"-version of the text is used, but with following deviations:
Information about the recording
|CD:||Movieplay MOV 3-11051: José Joaquim dos Santos, Stabat Mater – Miserere|
Recorded at the São Tiago’s Church, Óbidos, Portugal, May 1997
|Orchestra:||Segréis de Lisboa|
Jennifer Smith, soprano