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Pergolesi, Scarlatti: Stabat Maters / Alessandrini, Et Al

Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30441   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni Battista PergolesiAlessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Sara MingardoGemma BertagnolliGianfranco Bertagna
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

PERGOLESI Stabat mater A. SCARLATTI Stabat mater Rinaldo Alessandrini, dir; Concerto Italiano; Gemma Bertagnolli (sop); Sara Mingardo (alt) NAÏVE 30441 (79:39 Text and Translation)

Another midpriced and slipcased Naïve reissue of the original Opus 111 jewel box (OP 30406), this was reviewed in 22:6 under its original number, OPS 30-160. It was hailed as the first coupling of Pergolesi’s beloved setting Read more with the work that it was commissioned to replace, itself not unknown on disc. In fact, two pairs of singers had recorded both works separately. In these performances Alessandrini uses adult women, and the contralto is a clear contrast to the soprano, with the minimum of five strings and organ (supported by archlute). The tempos range from slow to very fast for an overall length close to the shortest on disc, and the singers ornament their lines freely.

Juxtaposing the two works is an interesting demonstration of their stylistic difference, showing that the older work needed to be replaced, barely 20 years after it was written, by one more up-to-date in style. The text of the medieval sequence has varied in its musical settings, as I demonstrated in an article 10 years ago, and these two are different enough that the texts are printed separately (Domenico Scarlatti set still another variant).

The choice of this disc may complement other versions of the Pergolesi that use a treble or a countertenor in any combination with soprano or contralto (or mezzo), but none of them have as generous a coupling as this does, making this disc quite uniquely desirable. The original recommendation stands.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto), Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Pozzuoli, Italy 
Stabat mater by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto), Gianfranco Bertagna (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 

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