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|Gioachino Rossini, Richard Hickox, Della Jones|
Rossini - Stabat Mater / H. Field · D. Jones · A. Davies · R. Earle · London Sinfonia · R. Hickox
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One of the best stabat maters well performed
Eytan Klausner | Chicagoland area | 06/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While Pergolesi's brilliant setting of stabat mater is the most famous setting, Rossini's stabat mater contains much fine music. As in the case of Rossini's petite messe solennelle, Rossini could not prevent himself from injecting humor and joy even to the stabat mater. So the music turned to be of very high quality. Hickox's performance is the best recorded yet and will hardly be bettered."
Simply first choice !
YIP Alex | 02/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must have owned more than a dozen versions of this work on CDs and this is by far the finest. What is most impressive, among other things is the outstandingly successful recording. The final chorus Amen is overwhelming : it brought tears in my eyes on many occasions when I listen to it, thanks to the clarity of the recording of the different vocal parts. The orchestral contribution must also be mentioned. Desert island disc !"
Rossini - Stabat Mater / H. Field · D. Jones · A. Davies · R
Bjorn Viberg | European Union | 08/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rossini - Stabat Mater / H. Field · D. Jones · A. Davies · R. Earle · London Sinfonia · R. Hickox is a very fine recording of Rossini's Stabat Mater. Being a very devout person this piece speaks directly into my heart and my soul. I feel ravaged by sorrow, desolation and grief as I listen to the pain Virgin Mary feels as her son was hanging on the cross. The book-let is very well done and contains a very well-written little essay by Julian Haylock and many fine black and white photographs of the performers and the lyrics are presented in 4 languages, Latin, English, German and French. The cover art is amazing and touching with a wonderful painting of the queen of heaven, i.e., Virgin Mary. The back of the book-let shows a painting of Rossini. I give this fine recording 4 stars."