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Photos by Alan Dater

Photos by Alan Dater

Luigi Boccherini: Stabat Mater AND CHAMBER WORKS FOR STRINGS

Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini (1743-1805)
with Sarasa
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Elizabeth Blumenstock and Christina Day Martinson, violins
Jenny Stirling, viola
Phoebe Carrai and Timothy Merton, violoncellos

• Stabat mater, G. 532a (Prima versione, 1781)
• String Quartet in G major, Opus 52 No. 3, G. 234  (1795)  
• String Quintet in F minor, Opus 42, No. 1, G. 348 (1789)  

Luigi Boccherini famously championed his instrument, the violoncello, in his lifetime, composing over 120 cello quintets alone. Sarasa has had the fantastic opportunity to record one of his most moving and intimate works, his Stabat mater for soprano and cello quintet with the magnificent soprano, Dominique Labelle. The result is passionate music-making that evokes power, depth and pathos. In the Quartet, Op. 52, No. 3, a colourful tapestry of contrasting events frames moments of bucolic excitement and lyric interlude, while the expertly structured Quintet, Op. 42, No. 1 directly quotes the Stabat Mater in its themes.

"As a worthy document of Boccherini’s chamber style, this CD is of value for its all-embracing charm, but the more urgent appeal will be to fans of the iridescent voice of Dominique [sic] Labelle.” — Early Music America

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J.S. Bach Cantatas

Featuring baritone Sanford Sylvan, soprano Dominique Labelle, the Sarasa Ensemble performs three cantatas for oboe and strings by J S Bach: BWV 202 Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 82 Ich habe genug, and BWV 32 Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen.

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A Baroque Mosaic

Sarasa’s first CD recording, A Baroque Mosaic, presents a diverse range of works from the Baroque period, highlighting Vivaldi’s exuberant sopranino recorder concerto, Purcell's beloved Chacony in G minor and Händel’s solo cantata Il delirio amoroso, HWV 99.

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