“Suffering is the destiny of all of us, but not the end of us” – Roger Scruton on the transformative language of music and on Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”


“Why not say that religion is a substitute for beauty?” Art critic Roger Scruton bets on the power of Pergolesi in his “Why Beauty Matters” documentary. 

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
Stabat Mater
Emma Kirkby – soprano
James Bowman – countertenor
The Academy of Ancient Music
Dir. Christopher Hogwood

Purchase the disc on GooglePlay, linked here.

00:00 – Stabat Mater
04:24 – Cujus animam gementem
06:33 – O quam tristis et afflicta
08:50 – Quae morebat et dolebat
11:08 – Quis est homo
14:03 – Vivit suum dulcen Natum
17:50 – Eja, mater
20:16 – Fac ut ardeat cor meum
22:31 – Sancta mater
27:18 – Fac ut portem
30:48 – Imflamatus et accensus
32:56 – Quando corpus

Previously on Art is Life:

Elitist … or revolutionary? Roger Scruton’s “Why Beauty Matters” (2009 BBC, Full Episode)

Robert Hughes: on the Business of Art… and on Hype … “isn’t it a miracle how much money and so little ability can produce?”

Robert Hughes, “the greatest art critic of our time” … on Pop Art and Andy Warhol

The Canons of Beauty in the history of art – the Golden Mean

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