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GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI  

(1710 - 1736)

Pergolesi was a composer of considerable importance in the development of Italian comic opera in the early 18th century, making a singular contribution during a remarkably brief career. Born in 1710, he studied in Naples and became maestro di cappella there to a member of the vice-regal court in 1732, later entering the service of another nobleman after the Bourbon restoration.

Operas

Pergolesi’s opera La serva padrona (‘The Maid as Mistress’), an intermezzo performed together with another opera, was first staged in Naples in 1733. The work later won international fame, particularly in Paris when a production in 1752 gave rise to the so-called Guerre des bouffons (‘War of the Players’) between the rival French and Italian opera companies.

Orchestral and Chamber Music

Pergolesi’s early death left much of his music unpublished, and his subsequent fame led to the wrong attribution of a number of works, as composers or promoters sought to make use of his posthumous reputation. Stravinsky’s delightful score for Diaghilev’s ballet Pulcinella made use of music that was entirely, if erroneously, attributed to Pergolesi.

Church Music

Pergolesi left a number of settings of liturgical texts, a body of music considerably augmented by later false attributions. His well-known Stabat mater for soprano, alto, strings and organ was written at Pozzuoli in 1736 during his final months of retirement in a Franciscan monastery in anticipation of his death.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Masterpieces Naxos 8.501062

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ALBINONI, T.G.: Flute Concerto, Op. 9, No. 6 / PERGOLESI, G.B.: Concerto for Flute and 2 Violins in G Major (Trevisani) Delos
DE3332
Concertos
ANGLAR (Angels) Naxos
8.503096
Chamber Music
AVE MARIA - Les plus beaux Ave Maria et chants a la Vierge (The Most Beautiful Ave Marias and Songs to the Virgin) Naxos
8.570886-87
Vocal
AVE MARIA: Madonna Mystica - BACH, J.S. / HANDEL, G.F. / SCHUBERT, F. / BRUCKNER, A. / BRAHMS, J. / LISZT, F. Naxos
8.551267
Vocal
Baroque Music - PURCELL, H. / TORELLI, G. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / VIVALDI, A. / BACH, J.S. (Encore) (Les Violons du Roy, Labadie) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90012
Vocal
Cello Duet Arrangements (A Tale of Two Cellos) (Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Lenehan) Naxos
8.573251
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - KREISLER, F. / RACHMANINOV, S. / BRAHMS, J. (The Unforgettables - A Chocolate Lounge) (Andreas Trio) Divox
CDX-25216-2
Chamber Music
Choral Concert: Gruppo Vocale Cantemus - LEO, L. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / JOMMELLI, N. (Musica Sacra nella Napoli del '700) Tactus
TC690002
Vocal
Choral Music (Ave Maria Choruses) - BACH, J.S. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SCHUBERT, F. / BRUCKNER, A. / PERGOLESI, G.B. Capriccio
C10769
Vocal
CLASSIC MOODS - PERGOLESI, G.B. / BACH, J.S. / HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / MOZART, W.A. / HAYDN, F.J. / DONIZETTI, G. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix Capriccio
C18416
Vocal
DONIZETTI, G.: Parafrasi del Christus / PERGOLESI, G.B.: Salve Regina in C Minor / BONPORTI, F.A.: Mittite Dulces / TELEMANN, G.P.: Was ist das Herz? Capriccio
C10812
Vocal
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 6 (A Dorian Banquet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90006
Vocal
EASTER ALBUM (AN) Naxos
8.570175-76
Vocal
ENKELIN AANIN (Angel's Voices) Naxos
8.503147
Orchestral
FAURE: Requiem / PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater Naxos
8.553260
Choral - Sacred
FLOWERING OF LOVE, (THE) - Beautiful Arias and Sacred Songs of the Baroque Naxos
8.570156-57
Chamber Music
GREAT SACRED MASTERPIECES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501062
Choral - Sacred
ITALIAN CONCERTOS (Concerto Koln) Capriccio
C5132
Concertos
LA SCALA COLLECTION BOX SET (THE) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OALS3000BD
Opera DVD
Orchestral Music (Italian Concertos) - VIVALDI, A. / DURANTE, F. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / SCARLATTI, D. / LEO, L. (Erhardt) Capriccio
C71018
Concertos
Passiontide: Music for Solace and Reflection Naxos
8.557025
Vocal
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Chamber Cantatas, Op. 2 (Rossi, Ensemble Concerto, Gini) Tactus
TB711605
Vocal
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Flaminio (Il) (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2010) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108067
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Flaminio (Il) (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2010) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101653
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Frate 'nnamorato (Lo) (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108066
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Frate 'nnamorato (Lo) [Opera] (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2011) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101652
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Livietta e Tracollo (Gerelli) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81073
Opera
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Olimpiade (L') (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108064
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Olimpiade (L') (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2011) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101650
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Prigioniero superbo (Il) / La Serva Padrona (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2009, 2011) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101654
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Prigioniero superbo (Il) / La Serva Padrona (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2009-2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108068
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Quattro Cantate de Camera, Op. 2 (Rossi, Ensemble Concerto, Gini) Tactus
TC711601
Vocal
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Salustia (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108065
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Salustia (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2011) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101651
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Serva padrona (La) (Simonetto) (1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81074
Opera
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Stabat Mater (Abbado) (NTSC) EuroArts
2072378
Classical Concert
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Stabat Mater (excerpts) / Laudate pueri (Hofstetter) Oehms Classics
OC831
Choral - Sacred, Vocal
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Stabat mater (Scogna) Tactus
TC711603
Vocal
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Stabat mater / Orfeo (Klepper) Capriccio
C10517
Vocal
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Stabat mater / Salve Regina / Orfeo (Klepper, Borst) Capriccio
C5130
Vocal
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Stabat Mater / Salve Regina / Organ Sonatas (Croci) Tactus
TC711602
Vocal, Instrumental
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Stabat Mater / VIVALDI, A.: In furore iustissimae irae / Stabat Mater (Roschmann, Robbin, Les Violons du Roy, Labadie) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90196
Vocal
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Tutto Pergolesi - The Complete Opera Edition (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2009-2011) (12 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107538
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI, G.P.: Contadina (La) / Mass in F Major (Coro Polifonico di Milano, I Solisti di Milano, I Solisti del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino) Newton Classics
NC8802124
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Choral - Sacred, Concertos
PERGOLESI: Frate 'nnamorato (Lo) (La Scala, 1989) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OALS3005D
Opera DVD
PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater / Orfeo Naxos
8.550766
Vocal, Choral - Sacred
PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater / Salve Regina in C Minor Naxos
8.557447
Vocal
REQUIEM - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556703
Choral - Sacred
Sacred Music - TALLIS, T. / ALLEGRI, G. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / MOZART, W.A. (Favourite Sacred Masterpieces) (Summerly, Halasz, Wildner, Kovacs) Naxos
8.578210
Choral - Sacred
STABAT MATER - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556706
Choral - Sacred
TEYTE, Maggie: Vocal Portrait (A) (1932-1948) Naxos Historical
8.110757-58
Opera
VIVALDI, A.: Stabat Mater / PERGOLESI, G.B.: Salve Regina / BACH, J.S.: Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden (D. Taylor, Kirkby, Theatre of Early Music) BIS
BIS-SACD-1546
Vocal
Voices of Angels Naxos
8.503071
Choral - Sacred




 
 
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