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Pergolesi, Scarlatti: Salve Regina / Dutoit, Bartoli


Release Date: 06/15/1993 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436209   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alessandro ScarlattiGiovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  June AndersonCecilia Bartoli
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cecilia Bartoli's distinctive tone, rich and vibrant yet firmly defined, proves irresistible in the Stabat Mater.

Pergolesi's Stabat mater and his C minor Salve Regina were coupled earlier on the Hogwood (L'Oiseau-Lyre) recording, highly praised by NA. The addition of another Salve Regina, this one attributed not quite conclusively to Scarlatti as a late work, provides the new record with a further attraction both on the piece's own merit (irrespective of authorship) and in its affinity with the Stabat mater. Another attraction for many will lie in the identity of the two singers and the conductor. Dutoit, to be sure, is not commonly associated with music of this kind, but the stylishness of his performances over a wide
Read more field may promote confidence that it will extend to this, and that the Montreal Sinfonietta will bring a touch that will not seem too heavy in an age which has grown accustomed to authentic instruments and reduced numbers. As for the singers, bath have the requisite clarity and flexibility, and Bartoli has made a notable success of arie antiche written within the period (Decca, 12/92).

Her singing does indeed provide grounds for recommendation. That distinctive tone, rich and vibrant yet firmly defined, proves irresistible in the Stabat mater's "Quae moerebat", with its syncopated rhythm so curiously assorting with the words. Her voice reminds us too that Pergolesi spent most of his working life in Naples and wrote for vibrant Italian voices. June Anderson's tone is not entirely well-matched in that respect, and though much of her singing is admirable, there are some oddly piping notes from time to time (also a few phrases of slightly sharp intonation in the Pergolesi Salve Regina). Still, it is good to find two such 'star' operatic singers giving their attention to this part of the repertoire, and there is also genuine pleasure in hearing them together.

-- Gramophone [8/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Salve Regina in F minor by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  June Anderson (Soprano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Sinfonietta
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal 
Length: 16 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work is attributed to Alessandro Scarlatti. 
2. Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), June Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Sinfonietta
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Pozzuoli, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal 
Length: 36 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Salve Regina in A minor by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  June Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Sinfonietta
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal 
Length: 14 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Salve Regina in F minor
Stabat Mater: 1. Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater: 2. Cujus animam
Stabat Mater: 3. O quam tristis
Stabat Mater: 4. Quae moerabat
Stabat Mater: 5. Quis est homo
Stabat Mater: 6. Vidit suum
Stabat Mater: 7. Eia Mater
Stabat Mater: 8. Fac ut ardeat
Stabat Mater: 9. Sancta Mater
Stabat Mater: 10. Fac ut portem
Stabat Mater: 11. Inflammatus
Stabat Mater: 12. Quando corpus - Amen
Salve Regina in A minor (1736)

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