A Scarlatti: Cantatas / N Argenta, Chandos Baroque Players

Release Date: 4/20/2007
Catalog Number: EMI 54176
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chandos Baroque Players
Number of Discs: 1

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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 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
Works on This Recording
1. Oh di Betlemme altera povertà "Cantata pastorale" by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Rachel Isserlis (Violin), Maya Homburger (Violin), Richard Tunnicliffe (Cello), Anette Isserlis (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chandos Baroque Players
Period: Baroque
2. Là dove e Mergellina by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord), Richard Tunnicliffe (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chandos Baroque Players
Period: Romantic
Written: 1725 ; Italy
3. Quella pace gradita by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord), Rachel Beckett (Recorder), Maya Homburger (Violin), Richard Tunnicliffe (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chandos Baroque Players
Period: Baroque
4. Dove voli, o mio pensiero? by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
5. Aure leggiere fermate il volo by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
6. Il Pirro e Demetrio: Le violette by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Maya Homburger (Violin), Rachel Isserlis (Violin), Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chandos Baroque Players
Period: Baroque
Written: 1694 ; Naples, Italy
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
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