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Scarlatti: Stabat Mater / Kirkby, Taylor, Et Al

Release Date: 01/24/2006 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22237   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniel TaylorNicholas KraemerEmma KirkbyAlexander Weimann,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Alessandro Scarlatti’s celebrated Stabat mater was commissioned by a confraternity of aristocrats, the Cavalieri della Vergine dei Dolori, for its annual Lenten service at the Franciscan church of San Luigi in Naples. It remained in use until the confraternity commissioned Pergolesi to compose his famous setting to supplant Scarlatti’s old-fashioned music. Both Pergolesi and Scarlatti composed for limited resources, each using two solo voices, two violins and basso continuo. Scarlatti’s setting is by no means inferior to Pergolesi’s but remains much less familiar, despite several excellent recordings.
This ATMA recording boasts a beautifully captured atmospheric sound, with the perfect amount of reverberation. Daniel Taylor gives an
Read more understated and gentle performance. His solos, especially the longest movement, ‘Iuxta crucem tecum stare’, are the best elements of a performance that is spiritually contemplative rather than dramatic, although the final ‘Amen’ duet contains dynamic energy. ...The Theatre of Early Music, presumably under Daniel Taylor’s artistic direction, excellently captures the contrasts and subtleties in Scarlatti’s instrumental parts."
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Works on This Recording

Stabat mater by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Nicholas Kraemer (Organ), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Concerto for Flute by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Alexander Weimann (Organ), Francis Colpron (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1725; Italy 

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