JOHANN ADAM HILLER (1728-1804): Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, Motet Lass sich freuen alle, GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI (1710-1736): Stabat Mater (arr. Hiller).

Catalogue Number: 05Q026

Label: MD&G

Reference: 902 1876-6

Format: SACD hybrid

Price: $19.98

Description: In the early 1770s, Hiller, later to become Kantor at St. Thomas in Leipzig, decided that Pergolesi's famous work, while perfect as music, needed a text which centered on Christ rather than Mary and set a new poetic text by Klopstock to Pergolesi's music, thus producing a proper Protestant work instead of a nasty Catholic one. Published in 1776, it is actually only one of many such German "parodies" (begun by Bach himself in 1747). Hiller also added tenor and bass soloists and woodwinds to Teutonize things a bit more. His own 17-minute setting of the 100th Psalm, from around 1781, is a fine example of the celebratory response this text summons from its setters. German texts. Veronica Winter (soprano), Thomas Riede (alto), Knut Schoch (tenor), Thomas Laske (bass), Stuttgart Hymnus-Chorknaben, Handel's Company; Rainer Johannes Homburg.

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