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Domenico Scarlatti: La Dirindina; Sinfonie & Sonate

Scarlatti / Bartoli / Sakurada / Mastrotaro
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777555   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Marina BartoliGiulio Mastrotaro
Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Domenico Scarlatti composed La Dirindina as an Intermezzo, or short comic interlude to be performed within his larger, more dramatic opera L’ Ambeto. However, shortly before its premiere in Rome in 1715 it was banned primarily because of Girolamo Gigli’s notoriously risqué libretto (censors and Vatican officials ordered the presses stopped, although a second edition was eventually published). Given how often the aspiring coquette/pupil Dirindina (soprano Marina Bartoli), her wily old music teacher Don Carissimo (baritone Giulio Mastrototaro), and opportunist castrati beau Liscione (tenor Makoto Sakurada) conveniently adjust and readjust their moral whims throughout this fast-paced, nearly 30-minute piece, it’s certainly Read more understandable why the more conservative musical establishment might have found the work objectionable.

What motivated the usually temperate Scarlatti to score Gigli’s text may be somewhat perplexing, yet it’s less so given that his musical contribution is minimal, as if it were simply meant to keep the action rolling. Even in the arias Scarlatti’s musical fabric never veers from its sole perfunctory support of the vocal line.

Also included on the program are a set of sinfonias and violin sonatas, repertoire even more rare than the featured work (this is the fourth recording of La Dirindina on CD). As usual with this exceptional Italian period-instrument ensemble, L’Arte dell’ Arco delivers stylish, engaging, peerless performances throughout. Violin soloist and ensemble director Federico Guglielmo (who also was responsible for preparing the instrumental editions) never fails to thrill here; his execution of the final Allegro of the first, and the second-movement Allegro of the second of the two D minor violin sonatas is especially breathtaking.

CPO’s SACD sound is exceptional, with a natural, thoroughly convincing sense of vocal and instrumental depth and presence. Scarlatti enthusiasts may also be aware of another recently released though somewhat different La Dirindina by the Ars Lyrica Houston (Sono Luminus), an interpretation that I find less favorable. For instance, the producers’ decision to divide the piece with a nearly eight-minute sonata stifles the continuity of the action. I also prefer soprano Bartoli’s more believable youthful timbre to Jamie Barton’s more mature-sounding mezzo. No contest; not only is this CPO performance the one of choice, the disc is worth it for the instrumental gems alone.

-- John Greene, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia No.3 for strings and continuo in G major by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Studio Mafister, Preganziol (Tv) 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in D minor, K 89/L 211 by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  Studio Mafister, Preganziol (Tv) 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Sinfonia No.7 for strings and continuo in C major by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Studio Mafister, Preganziol (Tv) 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Sinfonia No.15 for oboe, strings and continuo in B flat major by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Studio Mafister, Preganziol (Tv) 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in D minor, K 90/L 106 by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  Studio Mafister, Preganziol (Tv) 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
La Dirindina by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Marina Bartoli (), Giulio Mastrotaro ()
Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Studio Mafister, Preganziol (Tv) 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Sinfonia No.12 for oboe, strings and continuo in G major by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Studio Mafister, Preganziol (Tv) 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sinfonia No. 3 in G major: I. Allegrissimo
Sinfonia No. 3 in G major: II. Grave
Sinfonia No. 3 in G major: III. Allegrissimo
Solo Sonata in D minor, K.89/L.211/P.12: I. Allegro
Solo Sonata in D minor, K.89/L.211/P.12: II. Grave
Solo Sonata in D minor, K.89/L.211/P.12: III. Allegro
Sinfonia No. 7 in C major: I. Presto
Sinfonia No. 7 in C major: II. Adagio e staccato
Sinfonia No. 7 in C major: III. Allegrissimo
La Dirindina: Part I Scene 1: Recitative: Signora Dirindina (Don Carissimo, Dirindina)
La Dirindina: Part I Scene 1: Aria: Vo' cantar come a voi piace (Dirindina)
La Dirindina: Part I Scene 1: Recitative: E questo basta a me (Don Carissimo, Dirindina, Liscione)
La Dirindina: Part I Scene 1: Aria: Sola voi? (Don Carissimo)
La Dirindina: Part I Scene 1: Recitative: Sola, signora si, sola benissimo! (Liscione, Don Carissimo, Dirindina)
La Dirindina: Part I Scene 1: Trio: Commar Dirindina (Don Carissimo, Dirindina, Liscione)
La Dirindina: Part II Scene 1: Ma il vostro sentimento (Dirindina, Liscione)
La Dirindina: Part II Scene 1: Queste vostre pupillette (Liscione)
La Dirindina: Part II Scene 1: Recitative: Di voi mi fido (Dirindina, Liscione)
La Dirindina: Part II Scene 1: Aria: A un amante (Dirindina)
La Dirindina: Part II Scene 1: Recitative: Ma quellche piu pillota (Liscione, Dirindina, Don Carissimo)
La Dirindina: Part II Scene 1: Trio: Dammi la na Liscione (Don Carissimo, Dirindina, Liscione)
Sinfonia No. 15 in B flat major: I. Allegro
Sinfonia No. 15 in B flat major: II. Grave
Sinfonia No. 15 in B flat major: III. Allegro
Sonata in D minor, K.90/L.106/P.9: I. Grave
Sonata in D minor, K.90/L.106/P.9: II. Allegro
Sonata in D minor, K.90/L.106/P.9: III. Allegro
Sonata in D minor, K.90/L.106/P.9: IV. Allegro
Sinfonia No. 10 in G major: I. Allegro
Sinfonia No. 10 in G major: II. Grave
Sinfonia No. 10 in G major: III. Allegro

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