Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Two exceptional voices set this Italian Baroque hit alight.
Julia Lezhneva - DR, Franco Fagioli © Julian Laidig
Andres Gabetta - DR
Julia Lezhneva soprano
Franco Fagioli counter-tenor
Andres Gabetta direction
Opening the concert
Vivaldi Concerto for strings and continuo RV 156
Porpora Motet "In caelo stelle care"
Ragazzi Sonate for violin and orchestra Op.1 No.8
Vivaldi Nisi Dominus
Although the Stabat Mater is authentic, unlike many of the apocryphal works attributed posthumously to Pergolese, we have very little information about its genesis. This poignant work by a musician who died tragically at the age of twenty-six, gave rise to a legend similar to that surrounding Mozart’s Requiem. Tradition has it that the composer finished it on his death bed. The truth seems to be somewhat less sensational. The reputation of this work, which was copiously edited and played in the eighteenth century, enhanced the author’s posthumous reputation. In this concert, Julia Lezhneva and Franco Fagioli are not in uncharted territory. Julia Lezhneva was stunning in the version of the Stabat which she recorded with Philippe Jaroussky, and Franco Fagioli attracted attention in the title role of Adriano in Siria at the Opéra de Versailles, an operatic work by Pergolese which has recently been revived after three centuries of neglect.
Production Les Grandes Voix