About the composer
Joseph-Marie Audoli is probably not the composer of this Stabat Mater. Audoli was born in 1751 in Roubion in the Nice county of France. In this country he worked his whole life, as a priest, as a teacher, as a school-master. He died in 1846, almost 95 years old.
Though not a composer, Audoli has written down an extensive part of the traditional music as it was sung in his country, the valley of the Tinée river. His manuscript was bound in December 1778 and contains a large number of liturgical works, masses, hymns, sequences and this Stabat Mater.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, Tenor, Baritone and male choir
The description of the singers as a "soprano" or "tenor" is somewhat misleading, as the singing is not classical, but clearly in a traditional way, like we can find in the traditional singing of liturgical texts in Sardinia and Corsica. See my description of the Sardinian Stabat Maters or those of Corsica. Therefore, it is hard to say if you hear a tenor or a baritone. Every stanza is sung by a single voice, but there is also a background, a continuous "drone", or humming, of - probably - the male voices. If you like this kind of music, and I do, absolutely beautiful.
Though the CD-inserts shows the texts of 10 stanzas, in fact only 5 stanzas are performed. These are the stanzas 1, 11, 3, 9 and 20, in this order.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Buda Records, Musique du Monde, SACEM 1983082, Noëls Provencaux et Niçois|
This CD is a recording of traditional religious and secular music from the Nice County. The music was recorded in Cunéo during 2000. I bought this CD on the Internet, JPC.de, 2003
|Choir:||Le Corou de Berra: Joël Berthelot - Marie-Pierre Foessel - Primo Francoïa - Françoise Marchetti - Gaël Princivalle - Clovis - Dehennin|
From the Audoli-manuscript: Magnificat + Ave Maria + Tantum Ergo