HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca) Gioacchino Rossini – Stabat Mater (Kertesz)

Powerful soloists in bel canto voice render this recording, one to be remembered. Every phrase and idea sung coherently, without tendency toward “musical mush.” Have heard several other recordings that have disappointed both listener and choirister. I am always on the lookout for music that broadens my horizons, and this quirky and irresistable piece is a wonderful discovery. A bonus is hearing Pavarotti again!

# Composer:  Gioacchino Rossini
# Performers: Pilar Lorengar, Yvonne Minton, Luciano Pavarotti, Hans Sotin
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
# Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyls (1972)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B0000041MB

# Size: 1.05 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

This is THE definitive recording of this work. The soloists, chorus and orchestra are conducted by Kertiz with tempi and pathos which makes this recording stand out from all others.

The traditional Stabat Mater text, which portrays Mary weeping beside the Cross, is so gloomy that it has attracted few great composers. The most memorable settings are by Pergolesi, Dvorak, and this one form Rossini. His innate bounciness and insouciance never go away, even under tragic circumstances, and the famous tenor aria form this work, “Cuius anima,” became a hit because of its rollicking rhythm and cheerful tune – one can blank out what the text is actually saying.

The Kertesz version would stay afloat if for no other reason than Pavarotti’s glorious singing; the sessions are from Dec. 1970 and March 1971, so the voice is fresh and thrilling. No other Italians appear in the vocal quartet, but Lorengar, Minton, and Sotin are a matchless set with the addition of Pavarotti, and they take care to blend beautifully in ensembles, not always true in big bowwow works like this one or the Verdi Requiem. Kertesz displays his abundant gifts as conductor, and Decca’s sound, if a bit dulled over time, is by any standard very good. The LSO and its chorus are in top form.


A1 Introduction: Stabat Mater 8:35
A2 Aria: Cujus Animam 5:46
A3 Duet: Quis Est Homo 5:38
A4 Aria: Pro Peccatis 4:30
A5 Chorus And Recitative: Eja Mater 4:21
B1 Quartet: Sancta Mater 7:00
B2 Cavatina: Fac Ut Portem 4:00
B3 Aria: Inflammatus Et Accensus 4:24
B4 Quartet: Quando Corpus 4:05
B5 Finale: Amen 5:26

Analyzed folder: /96kGioRos_StaMat_Ker/96k Rossini – Stabat Mater – Kertesz
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR11        -1.37 dB     -18.23 dB     A1 Introduction-Stabat Mater.wav
DR13        -2.99 dB     -21.40 dB     A2 Aria-Cujus Animam.wav
DR12        -5.18 dB     -22.36 dB     A3 Duet-Quis Est Homo.wav
DR13        -3.49 dB     -19.97 dB     A4 Aria-Pro Peccatis.wav
DR13        -3.44 dB     -23.16 dB     A5 Chorus And Recitative-Eja Mater.wav
DR13        -3.41 dB     -21.92 dB     B1 Quartet-Sancta Mater.wav
DR12        -5.45 dB     -23.21 dB     B2 Cavatina-Fac Ut Portem.wav
DR12        -1.36 dB     -17.68 dB     B3 Aria-Inflammatus Et Accensus.wav
DR14        -6.67 dB     -29.38 dB     B4 Quartet-Quando Corpus.wav
DR10        -0.98 dB     -15.16 dB     B5 Finale-Amen.wav
Number of files:    10
Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Kenwood KD-7010
  • Cartridge: Denon DL103
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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14 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca) Gioacchino Rossini – Stabat Mater (Kertesz)

  1. Rach, your note below the LP Slip Cover is exactly right. I got this LP the year it came out in the States. Pavarotti’s Cujus animam is the best on record; and so is the Quartet, Sancta mater istud agas; and the choral finale, “Amen” is stunning. I have 9 other complete recordings, an no one can touch Pavarotti.
    Thanks for this superlative recording.

  2. красно дякую, дорогий Альфредо.
    для нас на Україні за умов громадянської війни, що її розпочала київська нацистська хунта подібний подарунок це велика розрада.
    thank you very much, dear Alfredo.
    for us here in Ukraine under the conditions of civil war, started by Kiev Nazi junta, gift like this is a great consolation.
    і хоч я особисто віддаю перевагу Stabat Mater Перголезі з його ледь не декадентським звучанням, нам додають наснаги й мужності рядки безсмертного гімну Якопоне да Тоді.
    although I personally prefer Stabat Mater setting by Pergolesi with its almost decadent sounding, we got inspiration and courage from the lines of immortal hymn by Jacopone da Todi.
    Quando corpus morietur,
    fac, ut animae donetur
    paradisi gloria. Amen
    Грядый Господь на вольную страсть нашего ради спасенія, Хрістосъ, истинный Богъ нашъ, помилуетъ и спасет насъ, яко благъ и человѣколюбецъ!
    May the Lord, Christ, our true God coming to willful suffering for our salvation’s sake, have mercy on us and save us, being good, loving, and merciful God!

  3. this is not only a great recording, but also a great work and along the Pergolesi one of the two great Stabat Mater, imho.

    thanks a lot for this uplifting piece of music.

  4. Thank you for posting this one, and after reading the comments of everyone, I’m looking forward to discover this piece of music.
    Love & happyness to all!

  5. Thank you, it’s a blessing to be listening to your three religious music uploads during La Semana Santa! Rossini and Dvorak in the definitive regordings…

  6. Thank you so very much for this wonderful music. I have heard much in my life but this piece had escaped me. Although Pavarotti always seems to me to lie in the shade of Gigli and Björling he is clearly at his best here with a moving and committed performance.

    As an endnote, FilePost is not everything it might be and through no fault of mine, I am no longer permitted access. I don’t know if this experience has been shared by others but I would be grateful if posts were diversified. I don’t make this request lightly because I’m aware of how much effort is put into this site which, in my humble opinion, deserves World Heritage status.

    Once again, thank you for the efforts of you and your colleagues and for the opportunity to experience this music through such a wonderful performance.

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