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Alessandro Scarlatti: Opera Arias

Scarlatti / Barcellona,Daniela
Release Date: 05/03/2011 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 7842162   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alessandro ScarlattiUnspecified
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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A. SCARLATTI Opera Arias and Sinfonias Daniela Barcellona (mez); Marcello di Lisa, cond; Concerto de’ Cavalieri (period instruments) DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 88697842162 (66:12)



Arias and sinfonias from Marco Attilio Regolo, Telemaco, Griselda, Tigrane, Carlo Re d’Allemagna and Cambrise.


The late Donald Grout of music history fame or bane was obsessed with the operas Read more of Alessandro Scarlatti, hoping to begin the process of publishing scores of his 115 operas, hoping beyond hope that he might extend this to the more than 600 cantatas, the oratorios, and other works. He believed that Scarlatti was indeed the most important figure in the world of Baroque Italian opera of the time, someone imitated by Handel, Bononcini, Vivaldi, and countless others, who took his Neapolitan style as the model for what opera ought to be. This includes elements such as the opening three-movement sinfonia, the highly ornamented da capo aria, the vocal typecasting according to text and importance, and the wide range of accompaniment, from simple continuo and voice to more elaborate settings with oboes, trumpets, horns, flutes, and other wind instruments. Given his importance, it is surprising that very few of his operas are available in complete recordings. To be sure, the most visible one, Griselda , has not only provided fodder for recitals by various sopranos, a complete opera has been released in a decent version on Harmonia Mundi with René Jacobs and the Akademie für alte Musik in Berlin, but if one were to seek any of the others, often the only ones available are either historical recordings, such as the age-old Griselda with Luigi Alva and Mirella Freni from the 1960s, or live performances on labels such as Bongiovanni. The difficulty here, though, is that Scarlatti’s operas are usually quite extended, often with more than 100 individual movements consisting of chains of recitative and da capo arias, which make marketing in this age of instant change and excitement difficult. The only way around this seems to be to stimulate interest by providing samples in a concerted fashion.


I am happy to say that this is precisely what the release by Marcello di Lisa’s Concerto de’ Cavalieri ensemble does on this disc. Using alto Daniela Barcellona as the stand-in for the inevitable castrato hero in the six works presented here, he creates miniature windows into Scarlatti’s world, choosing mostly pieces dating from the last decade of his life, when the composer was at his peak of creativity. One might be tempted to state that these are almost like individual cantatas, as they all follow a prescribed pattern of instrumental sinfonia plus three arias, but the variety of pieces and texts does not really allow for continuity, and of course recitatives are missing entirely. Instead, the excerpts give a prime sense of the composer at his best, showing how skillfully he could manipulate the voice and accompaniment to give life to a sometimes turgid text. Five of these operas have never been recorded before, and the inclusion of the excerpt from Griselda is a nice deliberate touch to demonstrate the connection between the known and unknown Scarlatti, and to allow for a comparison with other recordings of the composer’s best known work.


Di Lisa keeps his tempos closely associated with the pace or sentiments of the text, something that only a close reading can accomplish. Where there is furore , such as in “Vendetta, vendetta” from Telemaco , the movement is brisk and forceful, but in more sentimental or introspective arias, such as “Aure voi che sussurrando” from Carlo Re d’Allemagna , di Lisa emphasizes its murmuring and rustling string accompaniment. The winds, oboes, and a trumpet and timpani group are also extremely refined. In the sinfonia to the latter work, for instance, they complement each other in sound so that solo portions of either instrument emerge gracefully when needed. This may be due to the performance setting, with only seven violins and a nice recording placement, but di Lisa’s control gives the music a fresh and in some instances completely captivating interpretation, particularly in the sinfonias. Alto Daniela Barcellona performs her often difficult coloratura with ease and equal grace, evoking the sorts of emotions that audiences of the time must have felt with this music. My only quibble, and it is based upon my own personal preferences only, is that there are times, such as in her aria “Volgio a terra” from Marco Attilio Regolo, when I find her vibrato a bit wide, but since she is on pitch and gives a spirited interpretation, this should not be disturbing. This disc gives new life to any attempt to see Alessandro Scarlatti for the monumental figure he was in Baroque opera, and opera lovers will come away wishing that di Lisa and his crew would record complete works by the composer. Hopefully, he will do so in what is surely a good future ahead for the Concerto de’ Cavalieri.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Marco Attilio Regolo: Sinfonia avanti l'Opera by Alessandro Scarlatti
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Marco Attilio Regolo: Act 1. Scene 8. Voglio a terra by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Marco Attilio Regolo: Act 2. Scene 3. Non la vuoi by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Marco Attilio Regolo: Act 3. Scene 2. Lascia almeno by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Telemaco: Sinfonia avanti l'Opera by Alessandro Scarlatti
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Telemaco: Act 1. Scene 9. Giŕ nel seno by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Telemaco: Act 1. Scene 4. Ho il cor tutto foco by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
Telemaco: Act 2. Scene 9. Vendetta, vendetta by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
La Griselda: Sinfonia avanti l'Opera by Alessandro Scarlatti
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
La Griselda: No, non sospira by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
11.
La Griselda: Bellezze spietate by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
12.
La Griselda: Vorresti col tuo pianto by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
13.
Tigrane: Sinfonia avanti l'Opera by Alessandro Scarlatti
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
14.
Tigrane: Act 2. Scene 4. Ma qual cor by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
15.
Tigrane: Act 1. Scene 13. Un solo sospiro by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
16.
Tigrane: Act 2. Scene 12. Se mai ti punse il cor by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
17.
Carlo re d'Allemagna: Sinfonia avanti l'Opera by Alessandro Scarlatti
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
18.
Carlo re d'Allemagna: Act 2. Scene 2. Quel cor ch' un regio serto by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
19.
Carlo re d'Allemagna: Act 2. Scene 6. Il mio cor costante e fido by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
20.
Carlo re d'Allemagna: Act 2. Scene 1. Aure voi che sussurrando by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
21.
Cambise: Sinfonia "doppo che sia alzata la tenda" by Alessandro Scarlatti
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 0 Minutes 46 Secs. 
22.
Cambise: Act 2. Scene 9. Io parto vincitor by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
23.
Cambise: Act 2. Scene 8. In quelle luci belle by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
24.
Cambise: Act 2. Scene 9. Aria mutata. Mi cinga la fama by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Voice)
Conductor:  Marcello Di Lisa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto De' Cavalieri
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
25.
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Period: Modern 

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