Rossini's Stabat Mater
- Music of Excellence
The Stabat Mater, a magnificent major work, was composed during the retirement years of Gioachino Rossini, who is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant opera composers of the first half of the nineteenth century. Rossini, by putting to music this famous medieval poem, does not change his musical language, which is that of the opera. Yet two magnificent a capella choruses and a final fugue show the obvious link to sacred music.
The large choir of 100 singers, specially created for Paleo will be formed by the Lausanne Choir Pro Arte, the Chamber Choir of the University of Fribourg and the Choir of the College Ste-Croix de Fribourg. It will be conducted by choir master Pascal Mayer, whose musical sensibility is as lively as it is eclectic, combining formal rigour with lyrical and expressive qualities. The accompaniment will be ensured by the Fribourg Chamber Orchestra (OCF), founded in 2009 and which has quickly established itself as a leading cultural player in the canton and beyond.
Fribourg Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Pascal Mayer
Charlotte Müller Perrier, soprano
Carine Séchaye, mezzo-soprano
Musa N'Kuna, tenor
Marc-Olivier Oetterli, bass-baritone