About the composer
Peter Zagar was born in 1961 in Bratislava, Slovakia. He studied composition at the Acadamy of Music and Drama, then worked some years as recording supervisor at the Slovakian radio and as editor for the Slovak Philharmonic. Since 1994 he works as a free-lance artist.
About the Stabat Mater
Zagar himself writes: "I wrote Stabat Mater after the sheer, almost mystic beauty of plain-chant, which I consider to be one of the world's miracles. Plain-chant demonstrates that the quality of musical experience depends greatly not on the expressed, but on what is left unexpressed".
The "Vatican"-version of the text is used, but only the stanzas 1, 12, 17 and 20.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Kultur Kontakt SF 0017 2131: De Profundis III|
Third CD in a project “De Profundis”, sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Art of Austria. Recorded in Slovakia, probably in 1993.
|Choir:||Slovak Chamber Choir of SLUK|
Egon Krák: Pulcherrima ad honorem Sancti Augustini memoriae