Sunday, 3 April 2011

Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Netrebko

Deutsche Grammophon Releases “Stabat Mater: A Tribute to Pergolesi” Featuring Anna Netrebko.

Opera superstar Anna Netrebko, who has recorded numerous chart-topping albums for Deutsche Grammophon, now turns her attention to sacred music for the first time on the Yellow Label with works by the Italian composer Giovanni Pergolesi including his famous Stabat Mater. Netrebko is joined by mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato and maestro Antonio Pappano who conducts the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Anna Netrebko has built a career singing in operas and on concert stages with unbridled enthusiasm and a rich voice on unusual beauty and color. Her roles have included both the comic and the tragic, and she fearlessly commands the stage in Russian, Italian and French repertoire. For her concerts in Baden-Baden in July, 2010, Netrebko decided not to perform Russian repertoire (her Iolanta in 2009 received dazzling reviews) or a recital of opera arias but instead a program devoted to a period with which she is not associated – the Baroque. She decided to concentrate on Giovanni Battista Pergolesi whose tercentenary was being celebrated in 2010.

Classicalify (who saw the Baden-Baden Iolanta) luckily found this CD when recently in Göteborg for opening night of "Lucia di Lammermoor". Strongly recommended. This is a new side of the super soprano Netrebko and hopefully we will see more!

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