25 May, 2022
Eija mater from Stabat mater by Vivaldi. Filmed by Sigríður Anna Ásgeirsdóttir.
Mildin mjúka (Soft Tenderness)
Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir - mezzo soprano
Örn Magnússon - organ
The Júlí Quartet:
Júlíana Elín Kjartansdóttir - violin
Rósa Hrund Guðmundsdóttir - violin
Sesselja Halldórsdóttir - viola
Ólöf Sesselja Óskarsdóttir - cello
Or ch'è tempo di dormire - Tarquinio Merula
Sinfonia "Al Santo Sepolcro" - Antonio Vivaldi
The Fatal Hour - Henry Purcell
Sonata "Al Santo Sepolcro" - Antonio Vivaldi
Stabat mater - Antonio Vivaldi
The music of this program is very much connected to the Easter season as it is a contemplation on the pain and suffering of Jesus Christ. We position ourselves next to his mother, Mary. In Merula's song, Mary is putting her baby boy to sleep, but at the same time has visions of his future suffering. Purcell's aria speaks of a sorrowful parting and harsh destiny. In Vivaldi's Stabat mater we stand next to Mary at the cross of her crucified son and share her grief. In between these vocal works, we hear string quartets from Vivaldi dedicated to the Holy grave.