About the composer
Antonio Nola was born (1642) and died (1715) in Naples, Italy. He was taught, from the age of ten, at the Pietà dei Turchini, the local conservatory, led by Giovanni Salvatore, his teacher, who wrote a short, beautiful Stabat Mater himself. June 28, 1670, Nola was appointed chief organist of the urban cathedral and in the same period ordained to the priesthood. As a composer he collaborated with the Philippine Oratorio dei Girolamini, which was a center for the performance of sacred music. At his death, he left his entire oeuvre dated between 1669 and 1715, to the Oratorio. It comprises of about 150 pieces, including his Stabat Mater.
About the Stabat Mater
Four voices and violini si placet.
The parts of Nola's Stabat Mater flow into each other without a break. The work is sung a quattro, by four voices, enriched by violins if desired (si placet). There are only very short solo interventions. Note the almost resigned fugue on the final words Quando corpus morietur, fac ut animae donetur paradisi gloria<\em>
The Vatican version is used. Text of stanza 18 and 19 is according to the Analecta version. Second line of stanza four instead of et tremebat cum videbat: et fremebat dum videbat. Stanzas 7, 12, 13 and 17 have not been set to music.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Dynamic CDS7853 Antonio Nola, Sacred Works|
On this album you will find, without exception, world premieres and first recordings. These compositions are all worth listening to. Four voices and violini si placet (if you want) is written in the score. In this performance, a subtle accompaniment by more than violins has been chosen: violins, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord, organ, triple harp and theorbo. The CD is a live recording, made in the Penderecki Hall of the congress center in Krakow, Poland, April 17th and 19th 2019.
Ana Zawisza, soprano
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