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A. Scarlatti, D. Scarlatti, Hasse: Cantatas, Motets


Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55354   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alessandro ScarlattiDomenico ScarlattiJohann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Deborah YorkCrispian Steele-PerkinsJames Bowman
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the eighteenth century the cantata was considered to be the supreme challenge for a composer's artistry. Here are recorded three fine examples from the enormous corpus of such works by Alessandro Scarlatti, two for solo voice with continuo, and one which includes a particularly demanding part for obbligato trumpet, faultlessly played by Crispian Steele-Perkins. These cantatas are joined by settings of the Salve regina by Domenico Scarlatti (Alessandro's sixth son) and Johann Adolf Hasse (a pupil). The work by Hasse is distinctly operatic with florid vocal and instrumental lines, and the younger Scarlatti similarly finds himself drawn away from religious deference to a more flamboyant style.

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"The
Read more recording is exemplary. If you want an introduction to vocal writing in compact forms in early 18th-century Italy, this is ideal." – American Record Guide

Congratulations to Hyperion on imaginative programming of repertoire, some not otherwise available on disc. Highly recommended for repeated enjoyable listening.

– BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Il prigioniero fortunato: Su le sponde del Tebro by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Deborah York (Soprano), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
2.
Salve Regina by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Language: Latin 
3.
Salve regina in A major by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736 
Language: Latin 
4.
Infirmata vulnerata by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1702; Italy 
5.
Oh di Betlemme altera povertà "Cantata pastorale" by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Deborah York (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 

Featured Sound Samples

Su le sponde del Tebro (A. Scarlatti): Aria: "Tralascia pur di piangere, povero afflitto cor"
Salve regina (Hasse): IV. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui

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