Stabat Mater G.Pergolesi
No better way to take a moment of reflection in the prelude to Easter than by listening to Pergolesi's famous Stabat Mater. You can do so on 23 March in the beautiful De Barth Chapel with the Pergolesi Ensemble, conducted by Marianne Selleger.
During her vocal studies at the famous Mozarteum in Salzburg, she sang Pergolesi's Stabat Mater for the first time. Now she has been singing this piece for many years with Wendeline van Houten (soprano) and a
saxophone quartet and has a professional group dedicated entirely to an
authentic performance of this Stabat Mater. They bring a glowing and emotional
performance, leaving many a tear flowing.
Pergolesi's Stabat Mater is a famous 1736 Baroque oratorio about Mary left alone at the cross. The music is about loss, but also survival and hope. This piece about mourning brings the Easter message par excellence, but somewhat more succinctly than the Matthew Passion. The piece is comforting for all those who have to mourn the loss of a loved one, and this theme is especially appropriate in times of war, where soldiers' mothers left behind cry out their heartbreaking grief.
About Marianne Selleger
The alto Marianne Selleger studied at the famous Mozarteum in Salzburg where she first sang the Stabat Mater. Once in the netherlands, she decided to perform this concert spread across the country every year at Easter. The piece is about sorrow but also about comfort and hope. An important subject in this time of wars and uncertainty.
Marianne first sang this piece for many years with a string quartet and then decided it would sound fuller and more poignant with a saxophone quartet. With this, she has often performed in Amsterdam, where she also lives, as well as throughout the country. And now, together with the Pergolesi Ensemble, she performs the Stabat Mater again in De Barthkapel. With its beautiful acoustics, the ideal venue for this piece.