Artist: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek
Title: Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:22:57
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Decca Records

The year 1875 was something of an annus mirabilis for Dvok: in just twelve months he composed his Fifth Symphony, the E major String Serenade, three important chamber works, four Moravian Duets and the five-act grand opera Vanda. It also marked both a peak in his fortunes — for the first time he received a state prize to help struggling young artists — and a year of deep personal sadness for the composer and his wife Anna, with the death on 19 September of their infant daughter Josefa.

The effect of this event on Dvok may be sensed in the expressive G minor Piano Trio he wrote in January 1876, and shortly afterwards he may have decided to commemorate his loss with this setting of the Stabat Mater, his longest and most profound non-operatic work to date. He sketched it between 19 February and 7 May 1876, but left the orchestration until autumn of the following year, the interruption perhaps caused by continuing, devastating family tragedies: the death of another daughter, Rena, followed a few weeks later by the loss of the Dvok’s sole surviving child, their son Otakar. The orchestration was eventually completed on 13 November 1877, and the premiere took place at an anniversary concert of the Prague association of musical artists (Umleck beseda) on 23 December 1880, a curiously unseasonable date for such a quintessentially Passiontide composition. …


  1. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: I. Quartetto e Coro. Andante con moto ‘Stabat Mater dolorosa’ – 19:48
  2. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: II. Quartetto. Andante sostenuto ‘Quis est homo, qui non fleret’ – 10:08
  3. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: III. Coro. Andante con moto ‘Eja, Mater, fons amoris’ – 7:05
  4. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: IV. Basso solo e Coro. Largo ‘Fac, ut ardeat cor meum’ – 9:16
  5. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: V. Coro. Andante con moto, quasi allegretto ‘Tui nati vulnerati’ – 4:52
  6. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: VI. Tenore solo e Coro. Andante con moto ‘Fac me vere tecum flere’ – 5:50
  7. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: VII. Coro. Largo ‘Virgo virginum praeclara’ – 6:46
  8. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: VIII. Duo. Larghetto ‘Fac, ut portem Christi mortem’ – 5:08
  9. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: IX. Alto solo. Andante maestoso ‘Inflammatus et accensus’ – 6:02
  10. Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71: X. Quartetto e Coro. Andante con moto ‘Quando corpus morietur’ – 8:06