Stabat Mater

Stabat Mater
Pärt / Palestrina / Browne
Fretwork / Taverner Consort
Virgin Classics 45272


  1. Stabat Mater (plainchant; choir)
  2. Palestrina: Stabat Mater a 8 (double choir)
  3. Arvo Pärt (b.1935): Stabat Mater (3 voices, 6 viols)
  4. Browne: Stabat Mater a 6 (choir)

Performers: Richard Campbell, Wendy Gillespie, Susanna Pell, Julia Hodgson, Richard Boothby, William Hunt (viols); Joanne Andrews (soprano - track #3), Deborah Miles-Johnson (mezzo-soprano - track #3), Simon Berridge (tenor - track #3); Taverner Consort & Choir (tracks #1, #2, #4)

Playing time: 61'

Recording dates: track #1 - January 1993 (London), track #2 - January 1986 (London), track #3 - May 1996 (Suffolk), track #4 - November 1986 (London)

After the previous release in this series, I was a bit disappointed here. Only one real new track (#3, which is an arrangement of Pärt's Stabat Mater for solo voices & viol consort by Malcolm Bruno). Also, Fretwork is billed in the catalog, but it is mostly older Parrott material. I only assume it is Fretwork's series because the cover design is the same.

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Todd M. McComb