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Dvorak Stabat Mater at Al Bustan festival

on The Daily star

Urged on by Toufic Maatouk, the singers created a vast meringue-like edifice of sound. Soloists, choirs and orchestra combined for the spectacular ending of “Stabat Mater,” which expires in a great volley of Amens. Singers vied against one another using every trick in the vocal book – runs, trills and leaps – so that Amens seemed to be hurled from every cranny of St. Joseph’s interior. Reaching a thunderous crescendo, all apocalyptic ardor suddenly melted as choristers sounded a plangent, calming note, soon fading out to allow a serene string section to bring “Stabat Mater” to a hopeful close.”