A. Scarlatti: Cantatas

Composer Alessandro Scarlatti
Artist Fortuna Ensemble
Ensemble Aurora
Concerto Italiano
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 93355
EAN code 5028421933559
Release May 2007

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About this release

A genuine treasure. This is a selection of rarely-heard intimate compositions by the incredibly prolific composer Alessandro – the father of Domenico – Scarlatti truly amazes. Why is this music not performed more often?

Alessandro Scarlatti had great affinity with opera. He wrote dozens and dozens of them. His dramatic vein shows itself in many of his smaller-scale works too, as long as voices are involved. One or two voices is all this composer needs to tell a story convincingly.

This is what Scarlatti does in his secular (chamber) cantatas - in which genre he wrote no less than 820 items! -, duets and especially in the three intermezzos. Everywhere the music precisely conveys the meaning of text, which is partly in dialect. Here the composer achieves a unique level of expressiveness. On this recording the native Italian singers perform with a natural flow and heart-felt emotions.

In his time Alessandro Scarlatti found his style increasingly becoming outdated. More and more his love for formal counterpoint was being considered old-fashioned. Today, of course, this does not influence of our appreciation of his music any more. We hear essentially great Italian and lively music, especially in the genres recorded here.

The subject of most of the works on these records is love. The composer’s preference for high voices – including castrati at the time – is evident as well. Excellent performances by among others Cristina Miatello and Barbara di Castri.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Cantatas da Camera: Andate, o miei sospiri
  2. Cantatas da Camera: Per un momento solo
  3. Cantatas da Camera: Lascia più di tormentarmi
  4. Cantatas da Camera: Lontan dalla sua Clori
  5. Cantatas da Camera: Bella Madre de’Fiori

Disk 2

  1. Cantatas and Duets: Ammore, brutto figlio de pottana, cantata for tenor & b.c.
  2. Cantatas and Duets: Sovente Amor mi chiama, cantata for alto & b.c.: Recitativo
  3. Cantatas and Duets: Sovente Amor mi chiama, cantata for alto & b.c.: Aria andante
  4. Cantatas and Duets: Sovente Amor mi chiama, cantata for alto & b.c.: Recitativo
  5. Cantatas and Duets: Sovente Amor mi chiama, cantata for alto & b.c.: Aria andante
  6. Cantatas and Duets: Sovente Amor mi chiama, cantata for alto & b.c.: Recitativo
  7. Cantatas and Duets: Sovente Amor mi chiama, cantata for alto & b.c.: Aria andante
  8. Cantatas and Duets: Son pur care la catene, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: A due
  9. Cantatas and Duets: Son pur care la catene, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: Recitativo alto
  10. Cantatas and Duets: Son pur care la catene, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: Aria alto
  11. Cantatas and Duets: Son pur care la catene, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: Recitativo soprano
  12. Cantatas and Duets: Son pur care la catene, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: Aria Soprano
  13. Cantatas and Duets: Son pur care la catene, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: A Due
  14. Cantatas and Duets: Clori mia, Clori bella, cantata for soprano, recorder & b.c.: Recitativo
  15. Cantatas and Duets: Clori mia, Clori bella, cantata for soprano, recorder & b.c.: Aria
  16. Cantatas and Duets: Clori mia, Clori bella, cantata for soprano, recorder & b.c.: Recitativo
  17. Cantatas and Duets: Clori mia, Clori bella, cantata for soprano, recorder & b.c.: Aria
  18. Cantatas and Duets: Dimmi crudele, e quando, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: A due
  19. Cantatas and Duets: Dimmi crudele, e quando, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: Recitativo alto
  20. Cantatas and Duets: Dimmi crudele, e quando, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: Aria alto
  21. Cantatas and Duets: Dimmi crudele, e quando, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: Recitativo soprano
  22. Cantatas and Duets: Dimmi crudele, e quando, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: Aria soprano
  23. Cantatas and Duets: Dimmi crudele, e quando, duet for soprano, alto & b.c.: A due

Disk 3

  1. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: First Intermezzo: Chi ha pieta’di una vedovella, aria
  2. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: First Intermezzo: Fortunata colei, recitativo
  3. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: First Intermezzo: Esser vile, aria
  4. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: First Intermezzo: Son tocca, recitativo
  5. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: First Intermezzo: Ame strega, aria duetto
  6. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Second Intermezzo: Son rovinato, recitative
  7. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Second Intermezzo: Per te son tutto amor, aria
  8. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Second Intermezzo: Sicche’piu’ di Moschetta, recitativo
  9. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Second Intermezzo: E’ pur la dolce cosa, aria
  10. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Second Intermezzo: Obligato al favour, recitativo
  11. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Second Intermezzo: Zamberlucco, Palandrana, aria duetto
  12. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Third Intermezzo: Io l’ho fatta, aria
  13. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Third Intermezzo: Eccoloa, steam sul serio, recitativo
  14. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Third Intermezzo: Vantati, vantati, aria
  15. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Third Intermezzo: Le mie gioie, aria duetto
  16. Intermezzi from Palandrana and Zamberlucco: Third Intermezzo: Col baston, aria duetto