About the composer
Jean-Claude Schlaepfer was born in 1961 in Geneva. He studied piano. His corresponding theoretical studies were undertaken at the ‘Conservatoire supérieur de musique de Genève’ where he acquired his diploma in musical culture, won a prize for composition and the prize of the city of Geneva. He went on to study with Betsy Jolas, composer and professor at the ‘Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris’. In 1988 he won the Swiss Musicians Association Prize. Besides his composing, he teaches harmony and musical analysis at the Conservatoire supérieur de musique and the Conservatoire populaire de Genève.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, choir and orchestra
The composition has four parts or movements. Through a cry the first part expresses the mother’s stupefaction in seeing her son die. Through the silences of the second part, one can hear the voices of the crowd, rambling at first and mounting in presence before the suffering of Christ. In the third part the intensity of the emotion grows when the choirs and soloist shout "Christi Mortem!". The following silences express the general consternation in face of his agony. In the last part the crowd speaks of the ascension of the soul.
The "Vatican" version of the text is used (as far as I can hear).
Information about the recording
|The cd is included in an art book
I received this cd from my Swiss friend Daisy Mottier-Beltrani. The cd is a recording of a concert from Swiss Radio Romande on March 20th 1991. The cd is included in a beautifully special art book with the title: Dialogue Painting – Music. Daisy presents in this book her pictural expression of the Stabat Mater, inspired by the contemporary interpretation of de Genevois composer Jean-Claude Schlaepfer. I visited the exhibition of the Stabat Mater paintings in Switzerland in 2008 and I was very impressed! Please see also www.daisymottier.ch/Stabat_Mater.htm . Here you can listen to the music and see the paintings!
|Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
|La Psallette de Genève
Naoko Okada, soprano