Bouncing the hymn off the walls

16.10.2011                      18.Tischrei. 5772                       Chol Hamo'ed 2

Musik:

Bouncing the hymn off the walls

At the Abu Ghosh Vocal Music Festival, four very different versions of Stabat Mater will be presented.

It is often an intellectually and aurally stimulating exercise to listen to several renditions of the same work.
Increasingly, jazz CDs include bonus tracks with different takes on the same number. But what Stanley Sperber, along with the String Ensemble and Jerusalem Academy Choir, is offering at the Abu Ghosh Vocal Music Festival takes that mindset a step or two further. The October 21 (11:30 p.m.) concert at the Kiryat Ye’arim Church features no less than four musical versions of the same liturgical text. The better known workings in the concert program are by Scarlatti and Pergolesi, with another by 19th-century Lichtensteinborn composer Josef Gabriel Rheinberger and an a cappella rendition of 17th-century Spanish composer Juan Gutierrez de Padilla’s shorter interpretation of the text….