About the composer
Vytautas Barkauskas was born in 1931 in Kaunas, Lithuania. He graduated in mathematics in 1953 and in music composition in 1959. He was a professor in the Department of Composition of the Lithuanian Academy of Music. As a composer, he wrote over a 100 pieces, ranging from operas, symphonies, chamber music and vocal music, for choir as well as for individual voices.
Barkauskas died in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 25 April 2020.
About the Stabat Mater
This short, but poignant Stabat Mater, expresses the feelings of the composer during the fight for freedom of Lithuania. He uses all kinds of contemporary musical idiom, like glissandi, whispering and speach-like singing.
Only the first two sentences of the first stanza are sung.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Freies Tonträgerforum MAS 398: Chorographie|
This CD is meant as a musical description of a German choir. It shows their capabilility of singing a capella works, ranging from renaissance madrigals to negro spirituals. Recorded at the Michaeliskirche, Ronnenberg, July 1997 or March 1998. I bought this CD on the Internet, Tontraegerforum, 2001
|Choir:||Junges Vokalensemble Hannover|
Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger: Morgenlied + Abendlied
|Code:||2001 BARK 01|