Poulenc STABAT MATER
Judith Howarth, The Choirs of St. John's, Clare and Gonville and Caius Colleges,
Cambridge, BBC Philharmonic
Poulenc wrote his Stabat Mater, a hauntingly passionate work, after visiting
the sacred shrine of the Black Madonna of Rocamadour. Poulenc's journey profoundly
changed his life and work as a composer. Like the Stabat Mater, the Litanies
à la Vierge Noir is also inspired by the Black Virgin of Rocamadour.
Recorded here in an unrivalled performance by the combined choirs of St. John's,
Clare and Gonville and Caius Colleges, Cambridge, with the BBC Philharmonic
with soprano Judith Howarth.
Region Code: All regions
Picture format: 16/9 anamorphic
Running time: 78 mins
Menu languages: GB
Subtitle languages: GB/F/D/ES (documentary)
Sound format: Dolby Digital, 4.0 Surround, PCM Stereo
Cat No.: OA 0817D PAL/NTSC
'Virtual visit' to the shrine of the Black Madonna of Rocamadour with music
by James Whitbourn inspired by Poulenc's Stabat Mater.
Leading experts explain why the Black Madonna has always been such an enigmatic
source of inspiration, particularly for musicians.
Full texts in sung language with English translations.
'The clarity of sound and picture, combined with an astonishingly high
energy performance made my near-elderly pulse course with delight.'
Victor Lewis-Smith, Evening Standard
'The 'extras' included
defy the norm by adding value to the whole package,
powerfully complementing the musical programme and offering genuine insights
into the spiritual background to Poulenc's work
. The Clare and Cauis singers
are augmented by the choristers and choral scholars of nearby St John's College,
corporately bringing a youthful vibrancy and energy to the music
Robinson conducts in a way that allows room for phrases to develop naturally...
This Stabat Mater interpretation, enhanced by Judith Howarth's rich, honey-toned
soprano solos and alert playing from the BBC Philharmonic, can stand comparison
with the finest in the record catalogue, while its visual presentation shades
it ahead of the audio-only competition.'
Choir & Organ