Dvorak: Stabat mater; Legends

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WORKS: Stabat mater; Legends
PERFORMER: Soloists; Bavarian RSO & Chorus, English CO/Rafael Kubelík
CATALOGUE NO: 453 025-2 ADD (1977)
A successful interpretation of Dvorák’s profoundly moving Stabat mater must keep a balance between the lyric and epic. Kubelík brings out the work’s abundant melody without losing any of its breadth. He may not match Talich’s searing vision of the piece, but his thoughtful performance, with excellent soloists, has enormous appeal. Even without the bonus of an affectionate and idiomatic reading of Dvorák’s beguiling Legends, this version of the Stabat mater will come near the top of anyone’s list. Jan Smaczny