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published: 2010-06-19

The Stabat Mater, about a mother who loses her son. Then comes the composer who has lost three children. And just listen to the intensity of this final verse. At 3.06 starts the Amen. It is both suffering and release. It is painful to listen to, yet comforting. It is creation at its most frantic, at its very best, as it tells us that no words, no instrument, no voice, nothing of human design will ever be capable of expressing what it means to suffer. And within the attempt itself lies even more suffering. 

Listen to it here (Dvorák):
Download 2-03 Stabat mater, Op. 58_ 10. Quartetto e Coro _Quando corpus morietur_

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