Vivaldi and Piergolesi’s Stabat Maters

    For Lenten music on this Second Sunday, you will enjoy Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, an elegiac piece composed sometime before 1727, when it premiered, based on the 13th century poem on the sorrows of Mary ‘standing by the Cross’, written either by Jacopone de Todi, or Pope Innocent III.

    In comparison, here is Giovanni Battista Piergolesi’s own version, presented just a few years later, in 1736, in the last weeks of the composer’s life, and what more fitting way to enter eternity: