"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."
David Saemann | 06/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Richard Hickox had so much to say about such a wide repertoire. His death at 60 was a great loss. You might wonder what an English conductor is doing recording quintessential Italian repertoire. Hickox was a specialist in all genres of choral music, and Rossini is no exception. I believe he was still the director of the London Symphony Chorus at the time of this recording, and their contribution is fabulously lush and detailed. The soloists are all stalwarts of the English opera and oratorio scene. One might have wished instead for big international names, but Hickox's soloists do handsomely. Arthur Davies is particularly winning in his big number. The only occasionally detrimental contribution is from the bass, Roderick Earle. He has a big, handsome voice, but his intonation is not always spot one. With that reservation, there is enough delightful and passionate singing on this album to satisfy the most finicky operaphile. The orchestra plays beautifully, and the whole thing is wrapped in some of Chandos's richest and most detailed sound engineering. The Penguin Guide awarded this recording a rosette, and it is richly deserved."