About the composer
Marek Sewen was born about 1935. He studied viola, composition and conducting. For some years he lived in the USA where he worked for MGM. He founded several orchestras, like the Warsaw Chamber Orchestra, which recorded a number of CD’s and a well-known conductor. He is regarded as one of Poland’s leading composers, composing in a style which is described as neo-classical with Romantic elements. Among his compositions are symphonic works as well as music for theatre, film and TV.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, female choir and symphony orchestra.
The Stabat Mater op. 15 for soprano, mezzo-soprano, female choir and orchestra is divided into seven parts. The music is slow, somber and dramatic, and described as showing genuine emotion. The theme from the first part returns in the last part, where also the text of the first stanza is repeated.
The "Vatican"-version of the text is used, but the stanzas 4, 8 and 10 to 20 are omitted. The first stanza comes back at the end to conclude the work.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Dux 0114a: Sinfonia Sacra|
In fact the Stabat Mater is part of a triptych, dedicated to Pope John Paul II and in remembrance of the Polish martyr Jerzy Popieluszko. Recorded in Olsztyn (Allenstein), Poland
|Orchestra:||State Philharmonic Orchestra Olsztyn|
|Choir:||Choir of the Institute of Musical Education, Olsztyn|
Izabella Klosinska, soprano
Sinfonia Sacra op. 16 for tenor and orchestra