With Sonya Yoncheva, Karine Deshayes


Giovanni Battista Pergolese a 26 years when he died in Naples, in 1736, and that he has just completed the composition of hisStabat Mater whose success has never wavered since then.

We have associated it with works by two other Neapolitan composers : theSonata n ° 14 for concertante alto flute, strings and basso continuo by Francesco Mancini (1672-1737) and theBig Concerto No. 1 by Francesco Durante (1684-1755) who was the master of Pergolesi.

From praise to supplication, brilliant and acrobatic flights into moaning complaints, the music of these three creative Neapolitan composers transports us to the very heart of human passions.


Telerama 3 FFF

ResMusica Take away

De Gelderlander (Netherlands) 4****

Fono Forum (Germany) 5*****

Le Monde Newspaper selection

The Times 4****

Opera magazine 3 keys

Limelight magazine 3,5/4

The Financial Times 3***


The world { 23 October 2016 } Marie-Aude Roux

"At the head of their Amarillis ensemble, Héloïse Gaillard and Violaine Cochard have opted for a hard line, almost manly. Basses supported, relentless rhythmic, grating ropes, this Stabat Mater sounds with an energetic rigor which brings to the drama a supplement of realism. »

Telerama { 10November 2016 } Sophie bourdais

"The concert poster was attractive, the recording does not disappoint. […] Sonya Yoncheva and Karine Deshayes give the work a deeply human dimension "

The Financial Times { 25 November 2016 } Richard Fairman

« Karine Deshayes and Sonya Yoncheva’s romantic expressiveness lifts this live performance to greater vocal heights. […] Amarillis Ensemble […] field bright period performances of the Mancini and Durante instrumental works that are the fillers on this disc. »

Gramophone { January 2017 } David Vickers

“Mancini’s Sonata is played with sensitive shaping and agility by Héloïse Gaillard, and Durante’s Concerto grosso shows Ensemble Amarillis on compelling form.”

The Times { 18 November 2016 } Richard Morrison

“Deshayes may have vibrato rather wider than standard period-instrument issue but her ornaments and sense of style are impeccable. Yoncheva is even more impressive. Her honeyed soprano timbre is beautifully tuned and focused. True, there is something of a mismatch between these full voices and the string sound favoured by the Amarillis ensemble, which is of the uncompromisingly wiry variety. The French instrumentalists show terrific flair, however, in two fillers from the same era: Francesco Mancini's Sonata No. 14 and Francesco Durante's Concerto Grosso No 1, both featuring Héloïse Gaillard’s sparkling playing on the flûte à bec. ”

ClassiqueNews { 08 November 2016 } Elvire James

"The instrumentalists of Amarilis put forward two qualities that have a certain charm : flexibility and involvement. Never neutral, the temperament of the singers and musicians gathered for this baroque Neapolitan program will seduce fans. "

De Gelderlander { 30 November 2016 } Maarten-Jan Dongelmans

"What strikes us most about this live version is the teamwork. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva and mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes add a bit of glamor and it’s very successful. Especially in combination with the direct play of the Amarillis ensemble. They give us a good balance between deep religion and theatrical emotion ... so very baroque ! »

Publication October 21 2016
Label Sony Classical
Distribution Sony Classical



Sonya Yoncheva soprano

Karine Deshayes contralto

AMARILLIS, Artistic direction: Heloïse Gaillard

Heloïse Gaillard, recorder

Violaine Cochard, harpsichord and positive organ

Alice piérot, first violin

Sandrine Dupé, Louis Créac’h, violins I

Olivier Briand, Diana Lee, Koji Yoda, violins II

Fanny Paccoud, Laurent Muller, tall

Annabelle Luis, Frédéric Baldassare, cellos

Gautier Blondel, bass

Bruno Helstroffer, théorbe

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