Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, a masterful piece of bittersweet ambiguity, can be interpreted in a variety of styles and vocal permutations. Carlos Mena in excellent diction and in perfect vocal balance with the pure and tender voice of Núria Rial, offers us a gentle interpretation of a lot of musicality, although occasionally questionable fast speeds are taken as in “Quae moerebat”. A piece by Durante occupies the position between the ‘Stabat Mater’ and the ‘Salve Regina’, a plethoric piece of tonal richness and tenderness. Magnificent is also the presentation of this Mirare label product. Pyotr Petrovich
I loved everything about this – Nuria Rial’s beautifully open unforced natural voice, and Mena’s incredible control, along with the alert and sensitive (and occassionally superbly ebullient) support of Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort make for a winning performance. Love it love it love it! PL Maguire.