Item Number: 00-SB00892
Voicing: 3 Mixed Choruses, a cappella
By Krzysztof Penderecki
The Penderecki Stabat Mater is based on six selected stanzas. The melodic line of the central theme hovers around the main note in a typically slow manner. The sequence develops in several phases reaching its climax in the dramatic, repeated plaintive cry "Christe". Afterwards, the early prayerful, litany-like motifs return and lead to the closure on the words "Paradisi gloria" with a powerful, clear sound of the D major triad, which carries a symbolic message of hope.