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Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725): Cantata pastorale per la natività di Nostre Signore (Christmas Cantata)

December 31, 2015

A Scarlatti - Christmas Cantata - Cantata pastorale per la natività di Nostre Signore:
Oh di Betlemme altera povertà
Gertraut Stoklassa, soprano
Purcell Singers / Mainz Chamber Orchestra / Gunter Kerr
2.Recitativo: O di Betlemme
3.Aria: Dal bel seno d'una stella
4.Recitativo: Presa d'uomo la forma
5.Aria: L'Autor d'ogni mio bene
6.Recitativo: Fortunati pastori
7.Aria: Toccò la prima sorte a voi

This recording is to the best of my knowledge only available on an LP long out of print. While I have carefully removed clicks, pops, static and surface noise wherever possible, I have NOT used any radical equalization adjustments to do so.

This is still one of the best – if not the best recordings of this around, there's a beautifully warm tone to the performance. I'm delighted to have found it again after so many years. Enjoy :-).


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Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757): Iste Confessor

August 12, 2013

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) captioned150x200 The musical son of a musical father Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) was the sixth of  Alessandro Scarlatti's children. He's mostly remembered today for his keyboard music and his keyboard music, particularly his later keyboard music, which is wonderful for its harmonic richness and its melodic individuality. The same can be said of much of his religious music but it's his use of tuneful melodies with its mixture of conventional spirituality and elements of the operatic that makes his so much of  his religious works memorable. Iste Confessor shows a very different side of this talented and versatile musician's style its five verses are set very simply like a hymn whose balanced melodic phrases are sung by a soprano solos alternating with a four part choir accompanied by theorbo and organ. Its sung below by The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers. Enjoy :-)


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Sunday Playlist: For Brian – Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas For Organ

February 12, 2012

I knew of Domenico Scarlatti's 'Salve Regina' (about which I wrote yesterday) and his 'Stabat Mater' (about which I'll be writing next month) I knew he'd written operas (but have never heard any of them), and I knew of his vast output of keyboard sonatas – which I assumed were all written for the harpsichord not so …

The fame and popularity of Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas as one of the most idiomatic and yet most idiosyncratic collections of harpsichord music in existence have largely obscured the fact that a certain number of these works are also suitable for the organ – a few indeed were originally intended for that instrument. The pair Kk254 4 and Kk255 6 fall into the former category, their predominantly simple textures being well suited to the Baroque organ sound. Kk255 has two unusual annotations, indicating the composer’s use of musical mimicry: ‘oytabado’ (bar 37) probably deriving from ‘oitavado’, a popular eighteenth-century Portuguese dance, and ‘tortorilla’ (bar 64) meaning ‘turtle dove’. In one manuscript source (I-Vnm MS.9774) the sonata Kk287 5 is headed ‘Per organo da camera con due Tastatura Flautato e Trombone’ and its companion piece, Kk288 2, also has registration marks (I-PAc AG31412). Formally, both these pieces are organ voluntaries, neither being in the binary form with double bar which is standard in Scarlatti’s sonatas. Kk328 3 similarly falls into this second category, bearing the indications of registration ‘Flo’ and ‘Org.’ (‘flauto’ meaning ‘flute stop’, and ‘organo’ meaning ‘diapason’).

Source: Liner notes to CD:  Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) Stabat mater

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Saturday Chorale: Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757): Salve Regina

February 11, 2012

Scarlatti's 'Stabat Mater'  and 'Salve Regina' are among the few of his religious music compositions that are remembered today. The 'Salve Regina'  in particular is a lovely piece of music that deserves to be far better known than it is. I love the gentleness of 'Ad te clamamus' and find the valedictory tone of 'o pia, o dulcis virgo Maria' very moving. This recording is by Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, conducted by Francis Grier. The soloists were Charles Harris (treble) and Nicholas Clapton (countertenor), Timothy Byram-Wigfield was the organist. Lyrics are below the fold. Enjoy :-).


Salve Regina Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) – YouTube Uploaded by markfromireland on Jan 22, 2012

Lyrics: Salve Regina

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