Thanks to Christine Read I got acquainted with Jacob Coopers Stabat. She wrote to me:
On my way home from work last night, I turned on the local classical radio station in the middle of a composition that was unlike anything I had heard before. I’ve learned that I can often hear something unfamiliar at late hours, and yesterday was no exception. They were playing Jacob Cooper’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa. It was so beautiful and moving that I stopped at a quiet place and just listened to the rest of it in the dark. It moved me to tears, particularly in these times of stress and worldwide tragedy. Please add it to your collection, if possible.
Both works on this album take as their starting point a single moment from an older work (Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Caprice no 6 in G minor by Paganini) and through processes of repetition, distortion and in the case of the Stabat mater, extreme slow-motion, create a completely new soundscape.
For me the most remarkable feature of this CD is the text. It does not focus on the Virgin Mary’s grief about Jesus’ death but on maternal grief about the loss of her daughter!