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Without Despair

Sacred choral
music by Poulenc -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'Harmonia mundi has struck oil ...'

Poulenc: Stabat Mater - Carolyn Sampson, Daniel Reuss. © 2014 harmonia mundi sa

Poulenc described his Stabat Mater (1950) as a 'requiem without despair'. It followed the death of prominent Parisian designer Christian Bérard (1902-1949) and is dedicated to the Black Virgin of Rocamadour. As early as 1936 Poulenc had visited Rocamadour with voice teacher Yvonne Gouverné (1890-1982).

The Stabat Mater clearly reveals a line of descent from the French grands motets (cultivated at the height of the French baroque)...

Copyright © 21 July 2014 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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POULENC: STABAT MATER

FRANCIS POULENC

STABAT MATER

CAROLYN SAMPSON

HARMONIA MUNDI

CHORAL MUSIC

FRANCE

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