"There is no shortage of good recordings of Rossini's Stabat Mater, yet this bargain buy is recommendable for its musical qualities as well as its attractively low price. Pier Giorgio Morandi sometimes gives the impression that he is conducting a Rossini opera rather than a sacred score - all right, the difference is not always so very marked. The soloists are fine, with Antonio Siragusa relishing the 'Cujus animam', Patrizia Pace and Gloria Scalchi...blending pretty well in the 'Quis est homo', and Carlo Colombara coming into his own in the bass 'Pro pecatis'. The performance is vigorous, generally a bit on the loud side, and rather closely recorded (in the Italian Institute, Budapest). The Hungarian State Opera Chorus ...holds pitch well in the a cappella passages, and sings out excitingly in the exuberant numbers. The insert should have given details of the distribution of voices in the various movements, but the words are there, in Latin and English. This is a thoroughly likeable version, especially at its enticingly low price."
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