Four superb soloists – Anna Netrebko, Marianna Pizzolato, Matthew Polenzani and Ildebrando d’Arcangelo – transform Rossini’s ‘Stabat mater’ into a feast of ‘italianità’, uniting their voices in a warm, mellow whole.
After several successful performances of this rarely played sacred work in various cities, the Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome wind up their Rossini project with a performance at the Salzburg Festival, their first-ever guest appearance there. Anna Netrebko, whose aria ‘Inflammatus’ was for many the concert’s ‘unspoken high point’ (Die Presse), succeeded in ‘blending her voice beautifully into the soloist ensemble – one voice among equals in an excellent, well-balanced quartet’ (Salzburger Nachrichten).
Also on the program is Josef Haydn’s last “London” Symphony No. 104, in which Pappano proved himself a connoisseur of Viennese classicism and ‘in which the orchestra demonstrated its high standing in a vital interpretation’, wrote Die Presse.
Symphony in D, Hob. I:104 – "London" Symphony
Stabat Mater for Four Solo Voices, Choir and Orchestra
Anna Netrebko, soprano
Marianna Pizzolato, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Polenzani, tenor
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, bass
Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Ciro Visco, chorus master
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Antonio Pappano, conductor