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Scarlatti: La Folia, Cantatas / Dawson, Purcell Quartet

Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55233   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Catherine MackintoshLynne DawsonElizabeth WallfischRobert Woolley,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To the gallery of recorded composers who wrote variations on La folia, the Purcell Quartet have added Alessandro Scarlatti, whose often startlingly original harpsichord couplets—30 of them, many with striking touches of chromaticism, culminating in arpeggiated harp effects—Robert Woolley executes in glorious fashion. It is hard to imagine a performance that could match his wonderfully disciplined yet witty virtuoso one.

Most of this disc, however, is devoted to two 'unfoliated' cantatas in which the Purcell Quartet are joined by the bewitching voice of Lynne Dawson. Correa nel seno amato is a pastoral cantata, three of whose arias—''Ombre opache'', ''Fresche brini'', and ''Onde belle''—make passing reference to natural
Read more phenomena. The sections of the sinfonia are sharply contrasted by the players, and the lyrical opening relatative is sensitively paced. Both singer and quartet capitalize on the chromatic inflexions and echoes in ''Idolo amato'', although the ''mournful murmurings'' in ''Onde belle'' might have been sung with more delicacy.

Gia lusingato appieno is unusual for its textual references to an 'English hero' bidding farewell to his family as he goes into exile; according to Clifford Bartlett (author of the booklet note), this is James II. Among the highlights are the movements of collaboration between voice and strings, as in ''Cara sposa'' with its concertante violins, and ''Sento l'aura'' in which slow trills and echoes are made to sound like ''whispering breezes''. Just as in Correa nel seno amato, Dawson commands the listener's attention from the very first notes of recitative with her beautifully weighed projection of the text; as her accompanist, Woolley always provides what is needed.

Singer and players are clearly at ease with one another and I look forward to more fruits of their collaboration.

-- Gramophone [3/1990] review of original release Hyperion 66254
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Works on This Recording

Correa nel seno amato by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Elizabeth Wallfisch (Violin),
Robert Woolley (Harpsichord), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1987 
Length: 23 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Già lusingato appieno by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Harpsichord), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Elizabeth Wallfisch (Violin),
Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Lynne Dawson (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1987 
Length: 14 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Variations on "La Folia" by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Elizabeth Wallfisch (Violin), Catherine Mackintosh (Violin),
Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1987 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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