When I saw the AAAC timetable I thought I would have the first post Brexit offering. Hasn’t happened, but we will go with it…
The Stabat Mater poem
has been set by a number of composers, most famously Pergolesi and Rossini. However, nobody does out of the depths musical misery like Eastern Europe, except possibly Phil Collins for other reasons, so I have gone for the setting by Karol Szymanowski. (Polish connection to misery seemed appropriate for Brexit…)
I am not a fan of Simon Rattle. His career is basically a triumph of enthusiastic hair over musical understanding, but on this one occasion he has (a bit like the Gergiev Duke Bluebead’s Castle on LSO Live, which was another possibility. Plot summary: woman makes bad decision, is warned it is bad decision, goes through with it anyway and discovers just how bad a decision it is. Hence Brexit…) done something wonderful somehow. At least in the Stabat Mater and the Litany, the 3rd symphony is meh. Enjoy, if that is the right word…
Other links would also be appreciated…
Yes, this is an Easter themed piece in October. Stick a Bakewell cherry on your hot cross bun and deal with it.
The Irish backstop has gone from Brexit, which took out the option of a Bax symphony.