Wolfgang Sawallisch: Dvorak Stabat Mater, Czech Philharmonic

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Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater / Wolfgang Sawallisch; Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Stabat Mater, Cantata for Soloists, Choir and Orchestra op. 58 (B 71, 1876-77)
Wolfgang Sawallisch; Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra; and soloists

Stabat Mater, Op. 58, is an extensive (cca 90 minutes) vocal-instrumental sacred work for soli (soprano, alto, tenor and bass), choir and orchestra based on the text of an old church hymn with the same name. The first inspiration for creating this piece was the death of the composer's daughter, Josefa. The work was written in several settings, with the final version completed in the end of 1877. The first performance took place on December 23, 1880 at the Jednota umělců hudebních (Association of Musical Artists) in Prague. The composition is usually performed in the Czech Republic during Easter time.