A. Scarlatti: Concertos & Sinfonias

A. Scarlatti: Concertos & Sinfonias
Composer Alessandro Scarlatti
Artist Modo Antiquo
Federico Maria Sardelli conductor
La Magnifica Comunità
Enrico Casazza violin and concert master
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 93357
EAN code 5028421933573
Release June 2007

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When it was suggested to him to meet flautist Joachim Quantz, he had declared to detest wind instruments in general. Curiously enough Alessandro Scarlatti later wrote more than a few pieces for such an ugly instrument, the flute. Since he had been writing vocal music, mainly opera, for some 36 years his change to instrumental music is even more remarkable.

Yet he increasingly encountered unfavourable opinions about his work, which was considered old-fashioned hence ‘difficult’. This especially concerned his preference for counterpoint.

In his instrumental music A. Scarlatti seems to be slightly out of his depth i.e. he makes do without the to him natural dramatic intuition. The concerti grossi are of a most enjoyable if somewhat austere nature.

The members of Modo Antiquo have decided on performances with single instruments for each part since the music itself seems to suggest the opposite of masses of strings.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto in A Major: Grave
  2. Concerto in A Major: Allegro
  3. Concerto in A Major: Minuet
  4. Concerto in C Minor: Moderato
  5. Concerto in C Minor: Fuga
  6. Concerto in C Minor: Largo
  7. Concerto in C Minor: Andante
  8. Concerto in C Minor: Andante
  9. Concerto in A Minor: Allegro
  10. Concerto in A Minor: Largo
  11. Concerto in A Minor: Fuga
  12. Concerto in A Minor: Piano
  13. Concerto in A Minor: Allegro
  14. Concerto in D Major: Allegro
  15. Concerto in D Major: Adagio
  16. Concerto in D Major: Fuga
  17. Concerto in D Major: Largo
  18. Concerto in D Major: Allegro
  19. Concerto in G Minor: Allegro
  20. Concerto in G Minor: Fuga
  21. Concerto in G Minor: Largo
  22. Concerto in G Minor: Allegro
  23. Concerto in C Major: Adagio
  24. Concerto in C Major: Fuga
  25. Concerto in C Major: Largo
  26. Concerto in C Major: Allegro
  27. Concerto in A Minor: Andante
  28. Concerto in A Minor: Allegro
  29. Concerto in A Minor: Veloce
  30. Concerto in A Minor: Lento
  31. Concerto in A Minor: Allegro
  32. Concerto in F Major: vivace
  33. Concerto in F Major: Allegro
  34. Concerto in F Major: Grave
  35. Concerto in F Major: Allegro
  36. Concerto in A Major: Allegro
  37. Concerto in A Major: Fuga
  38. Concerto in A Major: Adagio
  39. Concerto in A Major: Andante

Disk 2

  1. Sinfonia viII: Allegretto
  2. Sinfonia viII: Adagio
  3. Sinfonia viII: Allegro
  4. Sinfonia viII: Adagio
  5. Sinfonia viII: vivace
  6. Sinfonia viI: Moderato
  7. Sinfonia viI: Moderato
  8. Sinfonia viI: Grave
  9. Sinfonia viI: Allegro
  10. Sinfonia IX: vivace
  11. Sinfonia IX: Adagio
  12. Sinfonia IX: Moderato
  13. Sinfonia IX: Adagio
  14. Sinfonia IX: Allegretto
  15. Sinfonia IX : Menuet
  16. Sinfonia in G Major, For Flute And Basso Continuo: (No Tempo Indication)
  17. Sinfonia in G Major, For Flute And Basso Continuo: (No Tempo Indication)
  18. Sinfonia in G Major, For Flute And Basso Continuo: Allegro
  19. Sinfonia in G Major, For Flute And Basso Continuo: Allegro
  20. Sinfonia in G Major, For Flute And Basso Continuo: (No Tempo Indication)
  21. Sinfonia in G Major, For Flute And Basso Continuo: (No Tempo Indication)
  22. Sinfonia X: vivace
  23. Sinfonia X: Adagio
  24. Sinfonia X: Allegro
  25. Sinfonia X: Adagio
  26. Sinfonia X: Allegretto
  27. Sinfonia in F Major, For Flute And Basso Continuo: ( No Tempo Indication)
  28. Sinfonia in F Major, For Flute And Basso Continuo: Largo
  29. Sinfonia in F Major, For Flute And Basso Continuo: Minuet
  30. Sinfonia XI: Spiritoso
  31. Sinfonia XI: Lento
  32. Sinfonia XI: Allegro
  33. Sinfonia XI: Adagio
  34. Sinfonia XI: Allegro
  35. Sinfonia XII: Adagio
  36. Sinfonia XII: Andante Giusto
  37. Sinfonia XII: Adagio
  38. Sinfonia XII: Andante Moderato