Certain iconic works define the reputations of their creators. Others provide rare glimpses into the aesthetic of minor masters who might otherwise remain forgotten. Ars Lyrica’s program of Signature Works includes one of classical music’s all-time favorites plus a gloriously operatic setting of the Stabat Mater. The extraordinary power of Pergolesi’s setting of this ancient hymn to the Virgin Mary, which details her lament at the cross, was evident from its first performance in 1736: it made audiences weep. A Little Night Music, by contrast, is Mozart’s most cheerful serenade.
• Arcangelo Corelli, Concerto in D Major, Op. 6, No. 1
• W.A. Mozart, Eine kleine Nachtmusik
• G.B. Pergolesi, Stabat Mater
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Jay Carter, countertenor