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A. Scarlatti: Il Giardino Di Rose, Sinfonie, Etc / Dantone


Release Date: 03/09/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 473982   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here are Sinfonias from six of Alessandro Scarlatti's oratorios interspersed with six short harpsichord concertos that once were doubtfully attributed to the composer, though recent evidence now suggests that they are authentic. Scarlatti's debt to his close friend Archangelo Corelli (arguably the greatest influence on his instrumental writing) more or less informs these concertos, at times blatantly, such as in the Andante con espressione movement of Concerto VI. Unlike Corelli, who in comparison produced a relatively small body of work, Scarlatti's voluminous oeuvre generally lacked his colleague's consistent invention and originality. Themes rarely evolve beyond the predictable, genuine melodies are in short supply, and rhythmic Read more structures too often rely strictly on repetition. Should this in any way deter you from acquiring this lovely program? Not in the least!

While not in the league of Corelli or a handful of some of his better-known contemporaries, Scarlatti borrowed from the best and often successfully recycled what he pilfered--and given the Accademia Bizantina's ravishing performances here, most Baroque enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy. All of the concertos are in two movements featuring a typically orthodox opening fugue followed by another more progressive one that allows the soloist greater opportunity to improvise. The group's director and harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone (who also was responsible for reconstructing these concertos from often sketchy manuscripts) delivers impassioned, well-considered performances throughout, though his fierce bravura in the Andante con spirito of Concerto III and the contrasting elegance and panache with which he embellishes the Allegro moderato of Concerto IV best make a case for the composer's range and versatility.

Scarlatti especially excelled in oratorio and opera (he wrote hundreds), so as we might expect, the sinfonias are among the most inspired works on the program. The thrilling solo violin and cello passages, particularly in the outer movements of the Sinfonia of Il primo omicidio (The first murder), are quite impressive if not dramatically evocative of the seriousness of the crime in question. Equally fascinating is the sinfonia from L'Assunzione della Beata Vergine (The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin), the opening violin meandering amid fiercely erupting orchestral waves that eventually resolve into a humorous mimicking dialogue between the high and low strings.

Decca's sound is first-rate, with exceptional clarity and ensemble presence. Besides the erudite explanatory notes, Dantone also offers an equally informative discussion of the criteria used for each concerto's reconstruction as well as brief comments about the selected sinfonias. Recommended.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Agar et Ismaele esiliati: Sinfonia by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
San Filippo Neri: Introdutione by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1705; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Cain overo Il primo omicidio: Sinfonia by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
Il giardino di rose: Overture by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
L'assunzione della Beata Vergine Maria: Sinfonia by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1703; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
Il regno di Maria assunta in Cielo: Sinfonia by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1705/1706; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Harpsichord no 1 in C major by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Harpsichord no 2 in A major by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Harpsichord no 3 in E minor by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Harpsichord no 4 in C minor by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Harpsichord no 5 in G major by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Harpsichord no 6 in E flat major by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Casa Romei, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Agar et Ismaele esilati - Critical Edition: Alessandro Borin: Sinfonia (Grave - Presto - Largo - Presto - Presto)
Concerto No.3 in E minor for Harpsichord, Strings & continuo - Reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 1. Allegretto comodo
Concerto No.3 in E minor for Harpsichord, Strings & continuo - Reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 2. Andante con spirito
San Filippo Neri - Critical Edition: Alessandro Borin: Introduttione (Allegro - Adagio e staccato)
Concerto No.6 in E flat for Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 1. Allegro moderato
Concerto No.6 in E flat for Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 2. Andante con espressione
Il Primo omicidio - Critical Edition: Alessandro Borin: Sinfonia (Spiritoso - Adagio - Allegro)
Concerto No.5 in G for harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 1. Allegro
Concerto No.5 in G for harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 2. (Presto)
L'Assunzione della Beata Vergine - Critical Edition: Alessandro Borin: Sinfonia (Largo - Presto - (Largo) - (Presto) - Allegro)
Concerto No.4 in C minor for Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration Reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 1. Andante
Concerto No.4 in C minor for Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration Reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 2. Allegretto moderato
Il trionfo della Vergine assunta in Cielo - Critical Edition: Alessandro Borin: Sinfonia (Presto - Allegro)
Concerto No.1 in C for Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 1. Allegro
Concerto No.1 in C for Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 2. Allegretto
Il giardino di rose - Critical Edition: Alessandro Borin: Sinfonia (Adagio - Presto - Largo e piano - Allegro)
Concerto No.2 in A for Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 1. Andantino
Concerto No.2 in A for Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo - Orchestration reconstructed by Ottavio Dantone: 2. Andante con moto

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