Alessandro Stradella

Pietà, signore (Agnus Dei), aria di chiesa (spurious, by Niedermeyer or Fétis)

    Description by Anne Feeney

    This is a powerful and moving work, dramatic in its restraint. Research has also shown that it was probably written by Fetis, rather than Stradella. It's not completely unheard of for composers to write compositions themselves and then claim that it's the work of another composer--a kind of reverse plagiarism--Parisotti and Kreisler are among the list of composers who have done this. Some seem to do it as a prank, others to get attention work that they feel would be ignored otherwise, and there are probably still more reasons. In any case, this is not the first of such works, and doubtless won't be the last.

    The heavy mood of the piece is set by a fairly lengthy instrumental introduction, and then the voice enters with short, subdued phrases, which eventually pick up momentum and intensity. The lines vary in length, but always contribute to the sense of a highly structured piece. When done with a high level of musicianship and artistic communication, this can be a deeply effective work, equal in intensity to even the most dramatic opera arias or lieder.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Decca 4834894
    2018 Decca 4831000
    2018 Decca 4830858
    2017 Urania LDV 14027
    2017 Genuin GEN 17486
    2017 Decca 002632702
    2015 Decca B002407502
    2014 ATMA Classique ACD 22686
    2014 Romeo Records RR 7302
    2013 Urania 214
    2012 Auris Subtilis / CAvi-music AS 5039
    2012 Disques A Tempo
    2012 Allegro Corporation BRV 9913
    2011 Decca 4782977
    2010 Sonoma SGC 20138
    2010 Philip Alongi
    2008 Fuego / Zebralution
    2008 London/Decca / Decca 001170002
    2007 Philips 476244
    2007 Weton-Wesgram XST033
    2007 Decca 4758383
    2007 Decca 4758377
    2006 LaserLight 76061
    2006 Decca
    2005 Decca
    2005 ZYX Music FAR 10342
    2004 Golden Classics / Madacy 3583
    2003 VAI Audio 1213
    2003 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 40381
    2001 Dux Records 196
    2000 Velas 400
    2000 Amiata 100
    2000 Nuova Era 7332
    1999 Philips 411138
    1999 Delta Distribution / Laserlight 21373
    1999 Madacy 516
    1998 Philips 456 543-2PH
    1998 Deuce Boxed Sets / St. Clair 9891
    1997 Opera 54515
    1997 Vox 5126
    1997 St. Clair 98692
    1997 Opera 54503
    1997 Pavarotti / St. Clair 25
    1996 Phoenix Classics 95105
    1995 Forte 9276
    1995 Disky DC 861372
    1994 BMG Classics / RCA Victor 09026618842
    1993 Pearl 9033
    1993 Crystal Records Dist. 510
    1993 Verona Records 27068
    1991 Spectrum Music 461017
    1990 London 421526
    1987 RCA 6427-2-RG
    1984 Orfeo 30821
    Universal Music 109378
    Sipario Dischi 40
    Deborah Berioli
    EKR 55
    Legato Classics 156
    Legato Classics 103
    ARS Music
    G & G 501
    Spectrum Music 550880
    Moscow Conservatory 10
    Arkadia 807
    Excelsior Recordings 4334
    Spartacus 21010
    Manchester 151