Notes and Editorial Reviews
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A prolific Baroque composer of great skill, recognised by music historians particularly for his development of the Italian vocal style, the Sicilian-born Alessandro Scarlatti was overshadowed in his own day by Bach, Handel, Rameau and Vivaldi and later by his composer son Domenico, who would transition into the Classical era and is widely appreciated for his more than 500 keyboard sonatas. Usually described as a Neapolitan composer, Alessandro Scarlatti had strong ties as well to Rome, where he spent about half of his active career. The fact that at least 40 of his operas survive from his first 18 years in Naples as maestro di cappella (1684–1702) – and he is likely to have written twice that many during that period– gives an indication as to his abundant creativity both there and in Rome, where he thrice lived and worked: as a young man, again while in his forties, and finally when approaching the age of 60.
This set provides a rich sampling of Scarlatti’s vast output, with many great recordings not only of the vocal music for which he is most widely acclaimed –the duets, the comic intermezzos, the serenata La Gloria di primavera and the chamber cantatas, a genre he perfected, as well as the sacred oratorios, his Opus 2 sacred concertos and the Vespers and St Cecilia Mass – but also his unjustly neglected instrumental music, including 6 albums devoted to his keyboard works.
SET CONTENT SUMMARY:
Flute Sinfonias / Capella Tiberina, Alexander Nigito
Sacred Concertos, Op. 2/ Il Ruggerio, Emanuela Marcante
Music for Keyboard/ Francesco Tasini
Solo Concertos for alto; Flute Concertos; Sonatas a4/ Insieme Strumentale di Roma, Giorgio Sasso
Chamber Cantatas & Duets/ Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini; Ensemble Aurora
Intermezzos from Palandrana & Zamberlucco/ Fortuna Ensemble, Roberto Cascio
Cantatas/ Susanna Crespo Held (soprano), Musica Poetica Ensemble
Il dolore di Maria Vergine; La Giuditta (1697); Oratorio per la Santissima Trinita; Sedecia, Re di Gerusalemme; San Filippo Neri/ Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort, Ars Cantica Choir
Euridice dall'Inferno; La concettione della Beata Vergine/ Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston
Oratorio per la Passione di Nostro Signore Gesu Cristo/ Michael Schneider, La Stagione ///
Messa di Santa Cecilia/ Maurice Abravanel, Utah Symphony, University of Utah Chorus
Vespro della Beata Virgine/ Harry van der Kamp, Netherlands Chamber Choir
La gloria di primavera/ Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorale
Paolo Perrone, Alexandra Nigito, Francesco Tasini, Gabriella Martellacci, Gloria Banditelli, Giampaolo Fagotto, Paolo Pandolfo, Marco Testori, Mechthild Bach, Kai Wessel, Diana Moore, Alessandro Stradella Consort, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Philharmonia Chorale, Capella Tiberina, Il Ruggiero, Insieme Strumentale di Roma, Ensemble Aurora, Concerto Italiano, Musica Poetica, La Stagione Frankfurt, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Corina Marti, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Michael Schneider, Maurice Abravanel, Harry van der Kamp, Nicholas McGegan.