About the composer
The Dutch composer Willem Stoppelenburg, born in 1943, studied at the Groningen Conservatory and later the Amsterdam Conservatory (including piano, orchestral management). He conducted student orchestras as well as operettas, male choirs and oratorios. He developed as a composer in an organic performance practice, gradually from the seventies onwards, mainly through international conducting courses. For some time he was a member of the Dutch Composers Society and encouraged contemporary music in the northern region of the country. In the eighty’s he continued to profile himself and became a chairman of the Foundation Northern Composers, artistic director of the Flexica Ensemble and was closely involved in various contemporary (chamber music) concerts. In 1998 he received the Drentse Cultuurprijs, an important cultural award
His website contains most of relevant information and on YouTube you will find most of his compositions including his own musical biography in 99 fragments of approximately one minute: chamber music, songs, symphonies, ensembles, operas and oratorios.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano and Mezzo-soprano, Vocal Ensemble or Chamber Choir and Piano duo
Thanks to a friend I already discovered Stoppelenburgs Stabat Mater in 2016 and it was then that I wrote an article about it. I was delighted Mr. Stoppelenburg contacted me and sent me a recording of the performance in 2015. It is a CD by Brothers and Sisters. The soloists are sisters, both daughters of the composer. The duo playing the piano are brothers.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Live recording Stabat Mater Willem van Stoppelenburg|
The CD is a live recording in the Grote Kerk Cultureel Emmen on October 15th, 2015. The recording has been made by the Concertzender, a Dutch broadcasting center. Mr. Stoppelenburg was kind enough to send the CD to me when he discovered the collection on the Ultimate Stabat Mater Website. He also sent me the video files of the recording in Emmen. You may view and listen to the concert in its entirety on this webpage or on YouTube.
Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano