Stabat Mater

Year of release: 2016

Track info

My new STABAT MATER was created on Saturday April 16, 2016 in Ghent and this is the life recording.

On Saturday, April 16th 2016 the new Stabat Mater composed by Stefaan Vanheertum was created and recorded.
The Stabat Mater uses the Latin text but projects it to the present. This piece is not so much about the suffering of the Mother of God but the suffering of mothers in general. The starting point of the music is the loss of a child and the feelings this causes to the mother:  pain, anger, despair and finally acceptance. Whether a mother loses a child due to illness, hunger, an accident or a war situation; the suffering is universal. Unfortunately the events in 2015 and 2016 illustrate the relevance: both fanatic Syrian fighters killed in Syria and Iraq (or Paris and Brussels), as the innocent victims of attacks such as those in Paris, Brussels and throughout the Middle East, the young refugees who drowned during the hazardous crossing of the Mediterranean as well as the soldiers and police officers who were killed, they all have family that is left orphaned.
The Stabat Mater is an oratorio for orchestra, percussion, choir and two soloists (soprano and mezzo-soprano). The soloists are Hilde Coppé and Inez Carsaw, the orchestra Arc-en-Ciel  (prepared by Tom Deneckere) and the choir Amici Cantantes under the direction of Florian Heyerick.  The evening started with a performance of four
orchestral songs based on
poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, for high voice.

To discover the STABAT MATER score, view the orchestral score via this link !!

Click here to listen to the last 2 minutes of the Stabat Mater; life recording of 16 April 2016.