Stabat Mater

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Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, which was written in Italy in the thirteenth century, is one of the most famous sequences in the Catholic liturgy. This long sixty-line poem in Latin describes the sorrow of the Virgin Mary at the foot of the cross where she watched her son die. Composers in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance period set this harrowing text to music. However, it was during the baroque period that the Virgin came to the fore as an even greater focus for devotion and the Stabat Mater became an iconic staple of sacred music. The most famous version is by Pergolesi, a composer who died at the age of 26, thus sparking a legend reminiscent of Mozart and his Requiem. The work was frequently performed and edited in the seventeenth century and helped to establish the author’s posthumous reputation. In counterpoint, Vincent Dumestre and his ensemble Le Poème Harmonique will present other pieces in the same register contemporaneous with Pergolesi, performed by two very promising young singers.

Program and cast

Concert without intermission

 

CAST

Lauranne Oliva | soprano 
Eva Zaïcik | mezzo-soprano

 

Vincent Dumestre | direction
Le Poème Harmonique 

 

PROGRAMME

Work preceded by Stabat Mater (Intonation), Tarantella « Mo’è benuto il Giovedì Santu » (anonymous) Stabat Mater (Monopoli manuscript)

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées is undoubtedly one of the finest venues in Paris . Built in 1913 , it has the distinction of having been designed by a group of artists architects Henry Van de Velde and Auguste Perret , the painter and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle , the painter Maurice Denis , and the crystal- René Lalique to do mention the main ones . He was the first Parisian theater to be built entirely of reinforced concrete.

 

Restoration of the Great Hall devoted to operatic performances , symphony concerts and dance was decided in 1985. Two years later , on 23 September 1987, the theater reopened its doors , completely renovated. Fifteen years after this important work it was decided to undertake a new renovation campaign , but to prevent the complete closure of the theater for an entire season , work is now carried by step during the summer . Then it is to replace aging equipment , to remedy wear certain parts of the theater and improve spectator comfort and artists during their visit . Thus in recent years, including the work involved the renovation of marble facade, replacing the carpet in the room with wooden floors , installation of a new fully decorated wooden concert to a significant improvement of acoustics, the orchestra pit and stage below .

 

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées is now a modern working tool receiving each year nearly 300,000 spectators and a few thousands of artists and collaborators.

 

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées , the jewel of French architecture of the twentieth century, was in 1953 one of the first buildings of contemporary architectural heritage to be classified as historic monuments . Since 1970 the Caisse des Dépôts owns the entire building 15 avenue Montaigne and principal patron of the theater.

 

For over a century, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées has been the place where the most celebrated artists have come to make their names in Paris. The world’s finest orchestras and world-class soloists have always been a fixture at the Theatre. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées presents more than 200 concerts each year and is renowned for its outstanding performances of all genres, from classical music concerts and staged opera to contemporary dance and jazz.

 

How to reach us:
 

Subway: Alma-Marceau (line 9), Franklin D.Roosevelt (line 1), Pont de l’Alma (RER line C)

Bus: n° 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
Taxi station: Place de l’Alma, corner of avenue George V
Car park: Alma George V. The entrance is in front of n° 19, avenue George V
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