About the composer
Iacobus Regnart (1540 – 1599) was a Dutch composer, who worked at the Court in Prague for Rudolf II and later at the Innsbrück Court for Archduke Ferdinand as music director. He must have been very popular as several collections of his work appeared in print and sold so fast that new printings were necessary. The Stabat Mater à 5 in die B.M.V. perdolentis is part of a collection of Marian motets, for four to eight voices, the Mariale, which was published in 1588 or 1590.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, alto, 2 tenors, bass
The composition is divided in five sections and sung by five voices in a Renaissance style. The intensity and expressivity demonstrates Regnart's compositional mastery, and he succeeds in illustrating with a fine and sensitive touch all aspects of mourning and grief.
The "Analecta"-version of the text is used, however, the 17th stanza is omitted.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Classic Produktion Osnabrück CPO 999 507-2: Iacobus Regnart, Marian Motets|
A part of the motets from Regnart’s Mariale. Recorded in Kirchweyhe bei Bremen, in September 1996.
Mona Spägele, soprano
Alma redemptoris mater