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Scarlatti & The Neapolitan Song - Sonatas & Canzonas / Calandra, Cera


Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94488  
Composer:  Domenico ScarlattiAnonymousLeonardo VinciGiovanni Battista Pergolesi,   ... 
Performer:  Francesco CeraLetizia CalandraMichele Pasotti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Domenico Scarlatti, the sixth child of the celebrated composer Alessandro Scarlatti, was a prolific keyboard composer, and is best known today for his 555 sonatas for keyboard. Domenico was employed by various members of European royalty and nobility in Italy, Spain and Portugal throughout his career. His style was unusual and innovative, but very few of his works were published during his lifetime.

The disc combines several of Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas with Neapolitan songs by various composers of the era, exploring the influences of these songs on Scarlatti’s sonatas. Scarlatti’s style is notable for its improvisatory nature as well as its incorporation of elements of Spanish and Portuguese folk music (the composer
Read more having spent time in Lisbon, Seville and Madrid), and among the Neapolitan songs featured on the disc is the immensely popular Lo guarracino, a fast?talking and high?spirited number that narrates the story of a fish, and the lilting La Nova Gelosia. Two extracts from operas – ‘So’ li sorbe e le nespole amare’ from Leonardo Vinci’s Lo cecato fauzo and ‘Chi disse ca la femmena’ from Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Lo frate ‘nnamorato – are also present, both of which feature a light?hearted portrayal of women. Out of the many versions of the song Quanno nascette ninno, the one by the Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare was chosen for this disc, thanks to its fascinating minor modulation.

Acclaimed harpsichordist Francesco Cera is considered one of Italy’s foremost interpreters of early music. He has toured all over the world and his recordings include interpretations of 17th?century keyboard sonatas, French suites and harpsichord concertos by J.S. Bach. Italian soprano Letizia Calandro’s repertoire includes Neapolitan songs alongside the more traditional oeuvres of the Classical and Baroque periods. Having studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, she won the Spoleto Award and has performed the lead role in operas by composers as diverse as Monteverdi, Mozart and Verdi.

OTHER INFORMATION:
* New recording, recorded September 2009, Chisea di S. Anatolia, Colle di Tora, Rieti, Italy.
* Extensive liner notes included in English and Italian.
* Sung texts available on the Brilliant Classics website. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 103/L 233 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
2.
Lo Guarracino by Anonymous
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Harpsichord), Letizia Calandra (Soprano), Michele Pasotti (Guitar)
Written: Italy 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 214/L 165 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Letizia Calandra (Soprano), Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
4.
Lo cecato fauzo: So le ssorva e le nespol' amare by Leonardo Vinci
Performer:  Letizia Calandra (Soprano), Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1719; Naples, Italy 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
6.
Lo frate 'nnamorato: Chi disse ca la femmena by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Letizia Calandra (Soprano), Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 176/L 163 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1757 
8.
Michelammà by Anonymous
Performer:  Letizia Calandra (Soprano), Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 153/L 445 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
10.
La nova gelosia by Anonymous
Performer:  Letizia Calandra (Soprano), Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C minor, K 174/L 410 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1757 
12.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 241/L 180 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
13.
Quanno nascette Ninno a Bettlemme by St. Alphonsus Liguori
Performer:  Letizia Calandra (Soprano), Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
14.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 513/L S3 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
15.
Facimmo mo l'amore by Anonymous
Performer:  Letizia Calandra (Soprano), Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
16.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B flat major, K 202/L 498 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 

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