About the composer
Somei Satoh was born in Sendai, Japan, in 1947. He is a self-made musician, who, based on a philosophic mixture of Shintoism and Buddhism creates music and performances, influenced by traditional Japanese music as well as by modern electronic, multimedia possibilities.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano and choir
Satoh's Stabat Mater does not refer to the Christian content of the text, but is dedicated to all mothers who lost their child through hunger, war or accident. Choir and soloist sing long sustained notes, often changing by way of glissando's into other keys.
Only the text of the first ten stanzas is used. The word "Mater" plays a very important role and is repeatedly stressed
Information about the recording
|CD:||New Albion NA 016|
Two works of this contemporary composer. Recorded at the Masonic Temple, New York, in April 1987. I bought this CD on the Internet, New Albion Records, 1997
|Choir:||Pro Arte Chorale|
Jane Thorngren, soprano
Somei Satoh: Mantra