Alessandro Scarlatti

Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Martirio di Sant’Orsola (2006)

Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Martirio di Sant’Orsola (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 59:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ligia Digital | # Lidi 0202176-07 | Recorded: 2006

Il Martirio di Sant'Orsola was probably written and sung in Rome between 1695 and 1700. The identification of the author of the libretto and the circumstances of composition remain unknown. The handwritten score and its separate parts, preserved in the Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon and returned here, is indeed the only European version of the work. It was copied for the Academy of Fine Arts of Lyon to which it belonged, probably by amateurs bringing back from their travels many works, as evidenced by the importance of the Italian music in the funds Lyons. The orators of Scarlatti were played from 1718 to 1731 at the Academy.
Jean-Marc Andrieu, Les Passions, Isabelle Poulenard - Alessandro Scarlatti: Con voce festiva (2006)

Jean-Marc Andrieu, Les Passions, Isabelle Poulenard - Alessandro Scarlatti: Con voce festiva (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 67:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ligia Digital | # Lidi 0202167-06 | Recorded: 2005

Scarlatti's cantatas are veritable opera miniatures in wich his writing for the voice, highlights the expressive powers of the various affects of love : love the pleasure-seeker, love the tyrant, love the traitor and love the combatant. Voice and instruments are unite in an inventive spirit of virtuoso rivalry, laying bare the passions of the soul.
Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Alessandro Scarlatti: San Filippo Neri (2010)

Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Alessandro Scarlatti: San Filippo Neri (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 647 Mb | Total time: 58:26+59:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brlliant Classics | # 94037 | Recorded: 2006

Alessandro Scarlatti formed the bridge between the rich vocal style of the Italian Baroque masters of the 17th century and the gallant style of Mozart and his contemporaries. San Filippo Neri is grand and Oratorio in Handelian style, full of dramatic arias and striking instrumental effects. Excellent performance on authentic instruments by the specialist group Alessandro Stradella Consort, conducted by Estevan Velardi.
Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Santissima Trinita (2004)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Santissima Trinità (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 67:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45666 2 | Recorded: 2003

With this exciting release, Fabio Biondi, the outstanding Europa Galante, and a cast led by stars Véronique Gens and Vivica Genaux strike a decisive blow for Alessandro Scarlatti's obscure Oratorio per la Santissima Trinità. Old-fashioned even in its day, the work is a musicalized instructional debate about the mysteries of the Holy Trinity between the allegorical personae of Faith, Theology, Faithlessness, Time, and Divine Love. If you're asleep already, it's for good reason. The libretto is the definition of dry – boring both for its rhetorical contrivance and its verbosity. But before you run for the nearest exit, know that Scarlatti responded to this uninspired mess of ideological bickering with outstanding music, entertaining from beginning to end. Drawing only on a small ensemble of strings and continuo, he created an improbably diverse-sounding score full of infectious rhythms, appealing vocal melodies, and rich textures. The recitatives are lavished with the same melodic care and detail as the arias and ensembles, and the personality of each character is etched into his music. Listening, one might think the plot revolves around a love affair, or a social intrigue. Certainly not wave upon wave of phrases like "One cannot believe it, but only raise one's eyebrows in stupefaction." In other words, if you can ignore the text it's an immensely fun listen, and a great example of the stylistic fluidity of Scarlatti's music in 1715.
La Stagione Armonica - Alessandro Scarlatti: Responsories for Holy Week - Holy Saturday (2018)

La Stagione Armonica - Alessandro Scarlatti: Responsories for Holy Week - Holy Saturday (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 332 MB
Label: deutsche harmonia mundi | Tracks: 17 | Time: 79:20 min

Der 1660 auf Sizilien geborene Alessandro Scarlatti gilt als "Erneuerer der Barockmusik". Er war Vater von neun Söhnen, darunter Domenico und Pietro Filippo Scarlatti, die ebenfalls Komponisten wurden. Vor allem als Opernkomponist bekannt, hat er im Laufe seines Opernschaffens die Dimensionen dieser Form kontinuierlich ausgeweitet und den Anteil des Orchesters immer mehr verstärkt.
Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas (2002)

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 385 Mb | Total time: 73:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 74321 935812 | Recorded: 1998

By the eighteenth century, Palermo-born Alessandro Scarlatti was the most widely performed Italian composer of vocal music having written more than sixty operas and well over a hundred cantatas. The cantata, more concentrated than opera, was considered at that time as the higher artistic form. Scarlatti was extremely prolific and many of his works including cantatas still remain unrecorded.
Mario Rossi, RAI Orchestra «Alessandro Scarlatti» & Chorus, Naples - Cimarosa: Le astuzie femminili (2002)

Mario Rossi, RAI Orchestra «Alessandro Scarlatti» & Chorus, Naples - Cimarosa: Le astuzie femminili (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 514 Mb | Total time: 60:18+51:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera D'oro | # 1365 | Recorded: 1959

Le astuzie femminili (Feminine wiles) is an dramma giocoso in four acts by Domenico Cimarosa with an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Palomba (it). The opera buffa premiered at the Teatro dei Fiorentini in Naples, Italy, on 26 August 1794. The opera was subsequently performed in Barcelona in 1795, Lisbon in 1797, Vienna in 1799, Paris in 1802, and London in 1804, remaining popular during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Although not performed often today, the opera is still occasionally revived and a number of recordings have been made.
Ryland Angel, Les Folies Françoises - Totus Amore: Alessandro Scarlatti, Corelli, Bassani, Stradella (2006)

Ryland Angel, Les Folies Françoises - Totus Amore: Alessandro Scarlatti, Corelli, Bassani, Stradella (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 65:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deux-Elles | # DXL1054 | Recorded: 2005

…Fine motets by Stradella and Bassani make this disc worth investigation. …violinist Patrick Cohën-Akenine with his excellent bad Les Folies Françoises play with resonant warmth, particularly in two dynamically charged Corelli sonatas.
(Gramophone Magazine)
Michel Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne - Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa ad Usum Cappellae Pontificiae, 6 Motets (2006)

Michel Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne - Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa ad Usum Cappellae Pontificiae, 6 Motets (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 51:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 60522-2 | Recorded: 1965

There are some real injustices in the business of recorded music and this disc brings one of them very much to light. The opening lines of the liner notes say, "Until relatively recently, the reputation of Alessandro Scarlatti – the son, brother, father and uncle of other illustrious musicians – was overshadowed by that of his son Domenico." It is not stated on this disc whether the notes were written to go with this Apex re-issue or whether they date from the same period as the recording, but Alessandro’s reputation, if he has one, is still very much under his wonderful son’s shadow. It is an indication of a massive injustice, that this re-issue goes some small way to correcting.
Martin Gester, Le Parlament de Musique - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2005)

Martin Gester, Le Parlament de Musique - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 495 Mb | Total time: 77:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambronay | # AMY 004 | Recorded: 2004

The biblical story of the princess Judith, who seduces and then beheads the invading Assyrian general Holofernes, has attracted composers from the early days of opera almost down to the present day with its mixture of gore, patriotic self-sacrifice, and latent feminist themes.