MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Seattle Baroque Partners with Whim W’Him


Seattle Early Music is presenting a collaboration between Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Whim W’Him this weekend in a production of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater choreographed by Olivier Wevers and led by Alexander Weimann. Here’s my preview for Early Music America:

SEATTLE — It’s one of the best-loved scores in the literature — and has been so for nearly three centuries. Yet the Stabat Mater — the final work Giovanni Battista Pergolesi completed before his death in 1736 at the age of 26 — continues to allow for an extraordinary variety of interpretations. The emotional involvement and straightforward lyricism that make it so enduringly popular are precisely what have rendered Pergolesi’s setting suspect for those alarmed by such characteristics in sacred music.

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