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  1. Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich · Sophie Karthäuser · Christopher Lowrey · Jonathan Cohen

    GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL · ANTONIO VIVALDI · GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI

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Instrumentation

  • Tonkunstler Orchestra
  • Sophie Karthäuser, soprano
  • Christopher Lowrey, altus
  • Jonathan Cohen, conductor

Programme

GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL
«Silete venti» Motette HWV 242
Concerto grosso a-Moll op. 6/4
HWV 322

ANTONIO VIVALDI
«Cessate, omai cessate» Cantata for alto, strings und basso continuo
RV 684

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI
Stabat mater for soprano, alto, strings und basso continuo

Introduction/abstract

Tonkunstler Orchestra · Sophie Karthäuser · Christopher Lowrey · Jonathan Cohen
GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL · ANTONIO VIVALDI · GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI

He was widely misunderstood during his lifetime; it is said that once an orange was thrown at his head during a performance. But after Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s premature death, the world learned to love his music. His posthumous fame became so great that works by less successful composers were published and performed under his name. His profound «Stabat mater», which expresses the Virgin Mary’s pain over the death of Jesus, was one of the most popular pieces of the whole 18th century and inspired other composers to create their own adaptations. Johann Sebastian Bach, for example, took it as the basis of his «Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden».

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