UNIQUE AND WONDERFULLY PERFORMED PERGOLESI !
Truly unique is this wonderfully performed 'Stabat Mater' and to think that I almost passed it up!I have two discs of this piece that I cherish, especially the Michael Chance-Gillian Fisher 1987 recording. But the uniqueness of this performance that features male Soprano and a countertenor intrigued me, and what a great surprise and treat it is to hear this combination of two male voices performing the beautiful 'Stabat Mater'.
Lest you be confused by the terminology of male soprano and countertenor, they are both falsetto voices; one lies in the very high register, and one in the lower register, but neither one is the 'root' voice of the singer. For example Chance speaks and also sings in a baritone voice, but as he says,you don't want to hear that particular singing voice. As for Waschinski, I can't say for certain what his 'root' voice is, but I would suspect that it might be of a tenor quality; just a guess.
A short life and a merry one was that of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). He loved life, lived it to the hilt during his twenty-six years, and conveyed it to his music in the form of radiant vitality.
And this truly superior rendition of his "Stabat Mater" displays it to a maximum degree!The melting soprano of Jorg Washinski and Michael Chance's yearning countertenor make the perfect vocal combination to do justice to Stabat Mater, one of the supreme Baroque masterpieces. With the Cologne Chamber Orchestra under Helmut Muller-Bruhl, they capture the work's boldly operatic qualities, with occasional dissonance,as much as its tenderness and solemn beauty. The Salve Regina in C minor, also dating from Pergolesi' last months, bears the same lyric elquence.
This disc was recorded in 2003, sixteen years after Chance's previous recording, and believe me, his voice remains resonant, refined, rich with expression and flexible; nothing lost over the years.
Jorg Waschinski is incredible with his strong, clear and very expressive delivery, so put both of these superb singers together with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Helmut Muller-Bruhl, and you have a truly superior listening experience!
THE OBSERVER: "With the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, under Helmut Muller-Bruhl, they capture the work's boldly operatic qualities, with occasional dissonance, as its tenderness and solemn beauty."
Accompanying booklet includes pertinent information in English as well as a complete Latin text with translation.