About the composer
Karol Szymanowski (1883 – 1937) was born in Tymoszówka, Ukraine, and is regarded as one of the founders of modern Polish music, elaborating on the work of Chopin and Scriabin. In his opinion religious music should above all express feelings, and as a consequence he preferred Polish over Latin. Furthermore, the composition should be religious, but not liturgical. According to the musicologists he excellently succeeded to do this in his Stabat Mater.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, alto, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra
|CD 1: 23.21minutes, CD 2: 21.20 minutes
The work is divided into six sections. After a solemn opening the second part sounds like a funeral procession. In the fourth part the soloists are accompanied by an a cappella four-part chorus. The fifth part is very dramatic and builds up to a tremendous climax.
The text is sung in Polish and the Polish translation follows the original text close in rhythm and rhyming scheme. Szymanowski was adamant that in Poland the Polish text should be used. As far as I can deduce from the English, French and German translations, the "Analecta"-text has been used.
Information about the recording
|EMI Classics 7243 5 55121 2: Szymanowski
Dedicated to three major sacred works of Szymanowski, composed in the later part of his life.
|City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
|City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Elzbieta Szmytka, soprano
Litany to the Virgin Mary
|KRO ES47.445 : Stabat Mater – Szymanowski
The recording of the sixth concert organized by the Dutch Stabat Mater Foundation.
|Het Brabants Orkest
Izabella Klosinska, soprano
Franz Liszt: Stabat Mater