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Performances abroad


  1. Stabat mater

    Gioachino Rossini

About the concert

The background to the composition of Rossini’s “Staber Mater,” involves a chain of events that will enthrall and amuse lawyers and fans of intricate legal cases.  As for the music, that’s another story. The special versification of the liturgical hymn, which describes a mother’s grief as she stands by her dying son, captured hearts across generations and led to numerous versions of the hymn, the most famous of which is Pergolesi’s which Rossini was acquainted with. The work is full of charm and operatic hues, and the music is so moving that cantors adapted it to Jewish texts even though the mother referred to in the text is the mother of Jesus. The work was received with acclaim. French poet Theophile Gautier wrote that: “It possesses nobility, simplicity and seriousness” while German poet Heinrich Heine wrote that it had “eternal grace and irresistible tenderness; it seemed to me like a vestibule to heaven.” The audience here too was left enthralled. (www.ipo.co.il)