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A Scarlatti: Cantatas / N Argenta, Chandos Baroque Players


Release Date: 04/29/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54176   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Nancy ArgentaMaya HomburgerRichard TunnicliffeRachel Isserlis,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chandos Baroque Players
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Alessandro Scarlatti was a skilful and influential composer of chamber cantatas . . . yet Scarlatti's fertility in this sphere, as indeed in that of opera, is dimly reflected in The Classical Catalogue. This new disc deserves a warm welcome on two counts. First, the music is stylishly performed and, secondly, the disc addresses itself to pieces which have not, as far as I know, been previously recorded. . . . Argenta's fresh-sounding and well-focused voice with its innocent air suits both music and text perfectly, and she is backed up by lively instrumental support. The remaining cantatas are . . . full of harmonic subtlety and an assortment of musical ideas with which Scarlatti breathes life into the texts. The concluding aria of Hor che Read more di Febo ascosi is a splendid example . . . where Scarlatti's colouring of the words is deft and imaginative. In conclusion, this is a disc which will delight lovers of baroque music and others, too, I trust. . . . [T]he instrumental playing is stylish and sympathetic . . . . [W]e can only hope that Argenta and the Chandos Baroque Players will feel inclined to make further sorties into the cantatas of a composer who is shamefully under-performed." -- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Oh di Betlemme altera povertà "Cantata pastorale" by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Maya Homburger (Violin), Richard Tunnicliffe (Cello),
Rachel Isserlis (Violin), Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord), Anette Isserlis (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chandos Baroque Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  Concert Hall, University of Cardiff 
Length: 16 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Là dove e Mergellina by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Richard Tunnicliffe (Cello), Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chandos Baroque Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1725; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  Concert Hall, University of Cardiff 
Length: 12 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Quella pace gradita by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Richard Tunnicliffe (Cello), Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord), Rachel Beckett (Recorder),
Maya Homburger (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chandos Baroque Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  Concert Hall, University of Cardiff 
Length: 18 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Dove voli, o mio pensiero? by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  Concert Hall, University of Cardiff 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Aure leggiere fermate il volo by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  Concert Hall, University of Cardiff 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Il Pirro e Demetrio: Le violette by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord), Maya Homburger (Violin), Rachel Isserlis (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chandos Baroque Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  Concert Hall, University of Cardiff 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7. Hor che di Febo by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord), Rachel Isserlis (Violin), Maya Homburger (Violin),
Richard Tunnicliffe (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chandos Baroque Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1704; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  Concert Hall, University of Cardiff 
Length: 16 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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