About the composer
Piet Swerts was born in 1960. He works at the Lemmens Institute of Louvain, Belgium. This was originally a school for church music, but nowadays it has pedagogical studies, teacher training and a conservatoire. The institute has its own concert-hall, in which the students can perform. Swerts was during his studies at the institute confronted yearly with the tradition of passion plays, and decided to write one himself. In his own words: “Not on the text of St. John, or St. Matthew, because already by Bach, not St. Luke, because from Penderecki, but St. Mark, because the shorter one”.
The result was the Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Marcum
About the Stabat Mater
Mezzo-soprano and orchestra
This passion music is composed for a large orchestra, including seven percussionists and a wind machine, a choir and four soloists. The text is based on the Gospel according to St.Marcus, with fragments of Luke and Matthew added, and some psalm fragments as interludes. Principally, there are no arias. The text is sung as recitatives. An abridged Stabat Mater is one of the interventions.
The "Vatican"-version of the text is used, but only the stanzas 1, 8, 11, 14, 16, 17 and 20
Information about the recording
|CD:||Vox Temporis VTP CD92 016/017 (2 CD’s): Piet Swerts, Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Marcum|
A recording of the Marcus Passion of Swerts. Recorded at the Lemmens Institute of Louvain, Belgium, in December 1993.
|Orchestra:||Orchestra of the Lemmens Institute|
|Choir:||Chorus of the Lemmens Institute|
Lucienne van Deijck, mezzo-soprano