Pergolesi: Seven Last Words of Christ
Harmonia Mundi HMC-902155
Pergolesi: Septem verba a Christo (Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross): Verbum I (10:47); Verbum VI (11:44)
Sophie Karthäuser, soprano; Christophe Dumaux, countertenor; Konstantin Wolff, bass; Berlin Academy of Ancient Music / René Jacobs
The history of this oratorio is as shrouded in mystery as its probable creator. The title of the work and the assertion of Pergolesi’s authorship have haunted musicological circles for centuries. The recent discovery of manuscripts by musicologist Reinhard Fehling has settled the issue of authenticity, and Pergolesi’s lost masterpiece was given its concert premiere at the Beaune Festival in 2012 and recorded shortly after by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin led by René Jacobs.