Recently a new CD Francis Poulenc: “Stabat Mater” and “Sept répons des ténèbres” was released by Harmonia Mundi. The performers are the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Cappella Amsterdam, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and soprano Carolyn Sampson, under direction of Daniel Reuss.
Poulenc’s “Stabat Mater”, which the composer describes as a ’requiem without despair’ was written in 1950 following the death of his friend, artist Christian Bérard, a leading figure of 1940s Paris. Poulenc’s masterly work is dedicated to the Virgin of Rocamadour.
EPCC has had a close cooperation for years with Harmonia Mundi, one of the finest independent record companies. During twelve years of cooperation, twelve EPCC recordings have been released under this label, among them one Grammy Award and eleven Grammy nominations in different categories.