The Stabat Mater G 532 is one of the few sacred works composed by the virtuoso cellist Luigi Boccherini; nevertheless, it has a central position in his production. The original 1781 version, composed for a soprano voice accompanied by a string quintet with two cellos, was destined to the private devotion of the Infante Don Luis, for the religious ceremonies that took place at Las Arenas de San Pedro palace.
Ensemble Symposium continues its activity as a trait-d’union between musicological research and performance practice: for the Stabat Mater we received the support of the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini. Our performance, enriched by the voice of Francesca Boncompagni, is the first based on the Critical Edition prepared by Luca Levi Sala (Bologna: UtOrpheus, 2015). The recording, released by Brilliant Classics, received a 5 Stars review on Amadeus (ITA, 2016).
The Scherzi Melodichi, published by the author in Amburgo in 1743, is a collection of seven suites for the unusual combination of violin, viola and fondamento. Each Suite is named after a day of the week and, indeed, each Scherzo was originally performed on its corresponding day within a week’s time during one of Telemann’s stay at spa town Bad Pyrmont, before being collected and published in Hamburg on the 19th of June 1734. As in most of his instrumental production virtuoso passages, large melodic leaps and difficulty of articulation are absent from the Scherzi, in which the emphasis is put rather on the dense dialogue between a vivid upper melodic line and the other instruments. We can thus but imagine, today, the beneficial effects this music had on the guests at Bad Pyrmont, who were lucky enough to listen to this wonderful music during the spring of 1734.
The Scherzi Melodichi were recorded by Ensemble Symposium in 2013 for Brilliant Classics (world premiere on original instruments). This album received several enthusiastic reviews from the international music press.