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Longstanding partners Sandrine Piau and Christophe Rousset have frequently performed the Stabat Mater, an emblematic work of the eighteenth-century Neapolitan repertory, both together and with other musicians. It was therefore a natural step for them to record this supreme masterpiece of sacred music. They are joined here by a relative newcomer to Les Talens Lyriques who has also become a regular partner with the ensemble, the American countertenor Christopher Lowrey (already heard on an Alpha disc devoted to Monteverdi, Alpha 216).

The programme is completed by a Beatus vir by Leonardo Leo (1694-1744), sung by Sandrine Piau, and a Salve Regina for alto by Nicola Porpora (1686-1768), two totally unknown works by two composers who were nevertheless very famous at the time – Porpora, for example, was Farinelli’s singing teacher and mentor to the youthful Haydn. Christophe Rousset finds in this music ‘an expression of very Mediterranean, very highly flavoured piety, in which one moves from tears to laughter quite quickly’. Sandrine Piau sees in Leo ‘an elegance of style, a certain distance in sorrow’.

Klara Ordeel award

"This is where Christoph Rousset’s new reading is unwaveringly focused, lovingly nurtured over time with its studied control of texture and dissonance, and allowing the exquisitely matched Sandrine PIau and Christopher Lowrey the freedom to inhabit Pergolesi’s quicksilver repository of sensuality and colour."
"The big strength of the new recording is French soprano Sandrine Piau. She catches the voluptuous sadness of the slow movements and the hectic intensity of the faster ones, within an overall tone of graceful, chaste beauty. [...] If you want a modern version with a good clean sound and period style, this is among the best"
The Telegraph
"Piau and Lowry shine in this wonderful performance which surpasses Rousset’s earlier recording."
MusicWeb International
"Vying for pride of place (…) for alto, are the timeless beauty of the music; Rousset’s perfectly judged instrumental balance and tempi; the impeccable musicianship of his ensemble; the gifts of the two soloists, soprano Sandrine Piau and counterteno Christopher Lowrey ; and the quality of the recording itself. Rousset’s second and far-better recorded version of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is a must."
San Francisco Classical Voice