Alessandro Scarlatti

Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina (2010)

Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 364 Mb | Total time: 68:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 476-2 | Recorded: 2008

Alessandro Scarlatti is justly famed for his contributions to Read more opera seria and cantata, and indeed it may even be said that he was one of the main progenitors of the Neapolitan style of the early 18th century. In Naples and earlier in Rome he was obligated to write a considerable amount of sacred music, much of it for smaller settings that would be useful in the local churches. Since his music is now becoming more common on disc, it is good to have this recording of a set of four pieces—a gradual, a Marian antiphon, a motet, and a Psalm—all of which reflect rather different approaches to each portion of the liturgy and yet contain a certain commonality in form and structure. Interspersed within these, and no doubt both to provide a transition between then and to fill out the disc, are three organ works, two of which are of substantial length. Given that Scarlatti’s pieces for this instrument are not common, their appearance here is a real treat.
Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo, Elisabeth Scholl - Alessandro Scarlatti: Inferno - Cantate drammatiche (2006)

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo, Elisabeth Scholl - Alessandro Scarlatti: Inferno - Cantate drammatiche (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 301 Mb | Total time: 65:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 141-2 | Recorded: 2004

Alessandro Scarlatti is generally considered one of the most important Italian composers of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. But his music, although it has received more attention in recent years, is still largely unknown. This is partly due to the large quantity of his output: in the genre of the chamber cantata alone at least six hundred compositions are with certainty attributable to him.
Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition: Giovanni Battista & Giuseppe Sammartini, Sardelli, Alessandro Scarlatti [2016]

Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition: Giovanni Battista & Giuseppe Sammartini, Sardelli, Alessandro Scarlatti [2016]
Classical | Brilliant Classics 95430 | TT: 58.43+53.51+69.49+69.30+44.32+44.15 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 1.74 Gb

A celebration of instrumental Baroque splendour! This set present an anthology of Italian Baroque composers, featuring their instrumental output. Obviously the famous composers have their fair share: Vivaldi, Albinoni, Locatelli, Corelli, but also lesser known composers are featured: Barsanti, Bassani, Veracini, Nardini, Stradella, Vitali, Mancini, Platti, Legrenze and many more, over 30 composers! Performances by leading ensembles specialized in the Historically Informed Performance Practice: L'Arte dell'Arco/Federico Guglielmo, Ensemble Cordia/Stefano Veggetti, Violini Capricciosi/Igor Ruhadze, MusicaAmphion/Pieter Jan Belder and many more. A treasure trove of solo concertos, concerti grossi, sinfonias, overtures, trio sonatas and solo sonatas from the Golden Era of the Italian Baroque, era of joy, passion and brilliance!
Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Gloria di Primavera (2015) 2 CDs

Alessandro Scarlatti - La Gloria di Primavera (2015) 2 CDs
Diana Moore (Mezzo Soprano), Suzana Ograjenšek (Soprano), Clint Van Der Linde (Countertenor)
Nicholas Phan (Tenor), Douglas Williams (Bass Baritone)
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale; Nicholas McGegan, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 648 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 322 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque | Label: philharmonia BAROQUE | # PBP09 | 02:18:32

The San Francisco Chronicle called Scarlatti’s La Gloria di Primavera a “feast of vocal invention, supplemented by wondrous instrumental writing for a strikingly large orchestra” after Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan presented acclaimed western hemisphere premiere performances in October 2015. PBO and McGegan are delighted to be the first to record this newly-discovered 300 year old serenata. After Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI acquired the kingdom of Naples in a treaty, the Neapolitans commissioned their court composer, Alessandro Scarlatti, to compose a grand serenata to celebrate the birth of Charles VI’s son, prince John Leopold. Scarlatti wrote the piece within a few weeks and it was performed to audiences in Naples immediately following the birth. Unfortunately, just months after La Gloria di Primavera premiered, the celebrated infant died and the incredible work was forgotten.
Rene Jacobs, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il primo omicidio [1998]

Alessandro Scarlatti - Il primo omicidio (René Jacobs) [1998]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 901649.50 | TT: 65.58+72.26 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 678 Mb

The slaying of Abel by his brother Cain was one of the favourite subjects of the 18th century Italians, at the time when the oratorio was having a phenomenal success in Rome and Venice. It was most probably in one of the palaces of the “Serenissima”, and not a church, that Scarlatti first performed this astonishing “sacred entertainment”, worthy of a “verismo” opera, in 1707… God and Lucifer confront each other in the very soul of Cain, his brother’s voice is heard from heaven, and the “spatial” treatment of the tonal levels all contribute to the effectiveness of what is almost expressionistic music – there is nothing left out of this incredible Baroque Biblical “thriller”!
Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale, Philippe Jaroussky - Alessandro Scarlatti: Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme [2001]

Alessandro Scarlatti - Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme (Gérard Lesne, Philippe Jaroussky) [2001]
Classical | Virqin 72435454522 | TT: 46.54+47.22 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 504 Mb

The edition for this premiere recording has been made by Karl Böhmer, who has provided an informative introductory essay, and Oliver Mattern. Gérard Lesne has made something of a speciality of Scarlatti’s music and his lively direction of Sedecia benefits from his fluent handling of dramatic and stylistic aspects of the work…A splendid achievement. (BBC Music Magazine)
Capella Tiberina; Corina Marti, Alexandra Nigito - Alessandro Scarlatti: 12 Sinfonie di Concerto grosso (2015) 2CDs

Alessandro Scarlatti - 12 Sinfonie di Concerto grosso (2015) 2CDs
Capella Tiberina; Corina Marti, recorder; Paolo Perrone, concertmaster;
Alexandra Nigito, harpsichord; Ann Allen, oboe, recorder; Giuseppe Frau, trumpet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 506 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 247 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94658 | Time: 01:28:48

After being kept in relative obscurity the music of Alessandro Scarlatti is making a glorious come back, and is recognised as at least as innovative, brilliant and profound as the music of his son, the famous Domenico Scarlatti. These “12 sinfonie di concerto grosso” are concertante works, either for a variety of solo instruments (concerto grosso) or for solo recorder and strings. These are delightful baroque concertos, brimming with energy, Italian charm and gusto. Played by Early Music group Capella Tiberina on historical instruments, Corina Marti is the recorder soloist, who already excelled in her recording of the Mancini recorder concertos on Brilliant Classics (BC 94324).
Lynne Dawson, The Purcell Quartet - Alessandro Scarlatti: Two Cantatas & 'La Folia' (1987) Reissue 2007

Alessandro Scarlatti - Two Cantatas & 'La Folia' (1987) Reissue 2007
Lynne Dawson, soprano; The Purcell Quartet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 287 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Helios/Hyperion | # CDH55233 | Time: 00:51:44

Alessandro Scarlatti wrote over 600 cantatas, two of which are on this 1987 disc performed by soprano Lynne Dawson and the Purcell Quartet: Correa nel seno amato and Già lusingato appieno. He wrote considerably less keyboard music – and next to nothing compared with the gargantuan achievement of his son Domenico – one of which is on this disc performed by Robert Woolley, the harpsichordist of the Purcell Quartet: the Variations on La Folia. With the chamber cantatas flanking the keyboard variations, this disc is a wonderful program of the elder Scarlatti's art. Though there are some who might argue English soprano Dawson is perhaps too reserved for this repertoire, none would argue that she doesn't have a clear voice and a supple technique. And while there are others who might argue the Purcell Quartet is perhaps too stringent for the repertoire, none would argue they don't play together with consummate ease and they don't accompany Dawson with brilliant mastery. But there are few who would disparage Woolley's blindingly virtuosic and blazingly demonic La Folia Variations.
Rinaldo Alessandrini - Alessandro Scarlatti: Toccate per Cembalo (2010)

Rinaldo Alessandrini - Alessandro Scarlatti: Toccate per Cembalo (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 522 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 200 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Arcana | # A323 | Time: 01:13:23

The music for harpsichord has been considered an inexplicable chance occurrence in Alessandro Scarlatti's output, and in assessing it, we should avoid unfair and unappropriate comparisons with the work of his exceptionally gifted son. Alessandro's cultural background was quite different and very precise in the way it affected keyboard music: Frescobaldi was the first in a series of figures who are known to a greater or lesser extent today and whose teaching came down to Scarlatti in a solid stylistic tradition. Pasquini, his extremely diligent and prolific contemporary, the last of the line, was strongly motivated by his patron, the Prince Borghese in writing harpsichord music. Alessandro also wished to try his hand in this area. 250th Anniversary Release. On the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Alessandro Scarlatti's birth (Palermo, 2 May 1660), Arcana is re-releasing this anthology of toccatas and fugues by the elder Scarlatti, father of the better-known Domenico.
Alessandro Scarlatti - Il Martirio di Sant'Orsola (Franck-Emmanuel Comte) [2006]

Alessandro Scarlatti - Il Martirio di Sant'Orsola (Franck-Emmanuel Comte) [2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 250.16 MB
Classical | Label: Ligia Digital | Catalog Number: Lidi 0202176-07

Per la musicologia italiana Il martirio di Sant'Orsola di Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) – il grande padre del grandissimo Domenico – questo Oratorio è degno di due soli dati, relativi alla (prima) esecuzione: il luogo, Lione, e l'incerta data, 1695-1700. È poco, ma è quello che passa il convento. Le ragioni di questa bella registrazione consistono nella presenza del manoscritto della partitura nella Biblioteca municipale di Lione, che conserva l'Oratorio con il congenere Davidis pugna et victoria di poco posteriore.Lasciata la natia Palermo da ragazzo…
Umberto Padroni