About the composer
János Vajda was born in Miskolc, Hungary, in 1949. He studied composition at the Liszt Ferenc Academy in Budapest and continued his studies in the Netherlands with Ton de Leeuw. He teaches composition at the Budapest Academy of Music. With his Stabat Mater he began a change in musical idiom, abandoning the forceful expressiveness as can be found in his opera Barabbas to a more simple style. It is clear that here he was influenced by Stravinsky, as the subtitle of his Stabat Mater is In memoriam Igor Stravinsky.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Orchestra (flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, cimbalom, viola, cello, percussion)
Though the work is not explicitly divided into sections, still every stanza has its own melody. In the first stanza we can hear in the background faintly the plain chant Stabat Mater, which returns more strongly in the next to last stanza. The presence of the cimbalom gives the work an Hungarian flavour.
The "Vatican"-version of the text is used, but only eight stanzas of the twenty, including the final "Amen"
Information about the recording
|CD:||Hungaroton SLPX 12263|
This is a CDR copied from a second hand LP which was found by our friend Ignace Verberk in a shop in Leipzig. The record dates probably from 1982.
|Orchestra:||Probably the ensemble was assembled for this occasion. No name is on the record.|
|Choir:||The female part of the Hungarian Radio and Television Chorus.|
Mária Zádori, soprano