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Discussion: Hiller: Psalms 5 & 100, Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - Homburg

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Post by Lute June 17, 2015 (1 of 1)
This SACD contains not only Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's popular Stabat Mater arranged by Johann Adam Hiller, but also two beautiful choral works by Hiller himself. His arrangement of Pergolesi's masterpiece was inspired by Gottlieb Klopstock's earlier arrangement or 'parody' of the Latin text into German. This 'new' text by Klopstock transformed the work from a Latin Catholic piece into a German Protestant one. Hiller adds woodwind instruments and subtly changes the voice parts and harmonies "while trying not to abuse the work" as he commented. Known as the father of German Singspiel, Johann Adam Hiller's mastery of setting word to music also extends to his first-rate choral music.

All of these choral works are given superb performances by the Stuttgart "Hymnus" boys choir, and solo voices for soprano (Veronica Winter), countertenor (Thomas Riede), tenor (Knut Schoch) and bass (Thomas Laske). The early music ensemble Handel's Company conducted by Rainer Johannes Homburg provide excellent support.

The rear channels are basically ambient, but this recording beautifully captures the natural resonance of the voices and instruments in the Christuskirche in Stuttgart. The Center channel is properly used to create a full and detailed soundstage. 2-ch stereo is also very good.

Highly recommended!

There is a review in German on the kulturradio site. For those interested, please try.. http://www.kulturradio.de/rezensionen/cd/2015/hiller-geistliche-werke.html

Let me just add that Pergolesi's Stabat Mater was used very nicely in the film Amadeus... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3-esvGwDHCY

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