I. Quartett und Chor: Stabat Mater dolorosa
II. Quartett: Quis est homo, qui non fleret
III. Chor: Eja Mater, fons amoris
IV. Bass-Solo und Chor: Fac, utardeatcor meum
V. Chor: Tui Nati vulnerati
VI. Tenor-Solo und Chor: Fac me vere tecum flere
VII. Chor: Virgo virginum praeclara
VIII. Duo (Sopran und Tenor): Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
IX. Alt-Solo: Inflammatus et accensus
X. Quartett und Chor: Quando corpus morietur
hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Philipp Ahmann, Choreinstudierung
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Sopran
Gerhild Romberger, Alt
Benjamin Bruns, Tenor
Günther Groissböck, Bass
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Dirigent
Stabat Mater (Op. 58, originally Op. 28, B. 71) for soloists, choir and orchestra is an extended sacred cantata by the Czech composer Antonín Dvorak based on the text of the Latin Stabat Mater sequence. The work was sketched in 1876 and completed in 1877.
Dvorak began the composition of Stabat Mater in 1875, six month after the death of his daughter, Josefa, who was only two days old. He chose the work, unusually for him, without a commission. The sketch was written between 19 February and 7 May 1876, and was dedicated to Frantisek Huspauer "as a souvenir to the friend of his young days." However, Dvorak had to postpone the orchestration of the work due to other obligations. He returned to it 1877, when his two surviving children died within a short time of each other. He completed the score om 13 November 1877 in Prague.
Stabat Mater is Dvorak's first work on a religious theme. It is divided into ten individual parts; only the first and the last part are thematically connected.
The first performance took place in Prague on 23 December 1880 at the concert of the Association of Musical Artists. The performers included the operatic ensemble of the Czech Provisional Theatre, conducted by Adolf Cech, with the soloists Eleanora Ehrenbergu, Betty Fibich, Antonín Vávra and Karel Cech. The composer Leoš Janácek conducted the work a year and half later, on 2 April 1882, in Brno. Performances abroad (Budapest, London) soon ensued.The composer was invited to conduct a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Stabat Mater was published in score, with parts and piano vocal score (arranged by Josef Zubatý) by German publishing house N. Simrock in 1881. On this occasion Dvorák also changed the opus number.
A piano version for chorus and vocal quartet, containing only seven movements, was recorded by Accentus/Equilbey with Brigitte Engerer, piano. Breitkopf published a critical edition.