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In his time Alessandro Scarlatti found his style increasingly becoming outdated.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. Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas da Camera: Andate, o miei sospiri
  2. Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas da Camera: Per un momento solo
  3. Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas da Camera: Lascia più di tormentarmi
  4. Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas da Camera: Lontan dalla sua Clori
  5. Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas da Camera: Bella Madre de’Fiori

Disk 2

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

Disk 3

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