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Scarlatti: Sacred Music / Cleobury, King's College


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 35736   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alessandro ScarlattiDomenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Dan HydeJoseph CrouchAshley GroteNicholas Daly,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most listeners know Domenico Scarlatti as the composer of numerous witty, urbane, scintillating, and quite secular, in fact, harpsichord sonatas that have become part of the standard keyboard repertoire. But there is another, hidden dimension of Scarlatti's oeuvre: his sacred music written in the 1720s in Rome and Lisbon. This recording is a splendid introduction to Scarlatti's sacred music as it features several powerful works that fully represent the stylistic range of Scarlatti's church music. These performances by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, under the direction of Stephen Cleobury introduce the listener, sometimes quite dramatically, to the richness, complexity, and religious authenticity of Scarlatti's sacred music. The Te Read more Deum, for example, sung with refreshing, even exuberant energy, strikes the listener as a composition whose irresistible energy in no way clouds the composer's sincere religious sentiment. If the Te Deum radiates energy, Scarlatti's Stabat Mater, performed with thoughtfulness and appropriate restraint, leads the listener into the world of grief and sorrow. However, the truly radiant music, performed with much attention to Scarlatti's exquisite harmonic palette, leaves the listener in a state of profound contemplation. The other works performed on this disc -- the Miserere in E minor, the Magnificat, and the Laetatus sum -- may lack the spiritual depth of the Stabat Mater, but these are nevertheless superb religious works convincingly performed by the Choir of King's College. This impeccably crafted music is profound, intriguing, somewhat aloof, and even mysterious. Fortunately, thanks to this particular performance, a lesser-known aspect of Scarlatti's genius is accessible to listeners willing to explore the rich heritage of Baroque sacred music.

- Zoran Minderovic, AllMusic Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Stabat mater by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Dan Hyde (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 15 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Te Deum by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Joseph Crouch (Cello), Ashley Grote (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721; Lisbon, Portugal 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Miserere in E minor by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1719; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 12 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Magnificat by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Nicholas Daly (Boy Soprano), Richard Butler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1713-19; ?Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 25 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Laetatus sum by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Joseph Crouch (Cello), Nicholas Daly (Boy Soprano), Ashley Grote (Organ),
Timothy Mead (Boy Alto)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1729; Lisbon, Portugal 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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