A Scarlatti - Alto Cantatas | Brilliant Classics 94440

A Scarlatti - Alto Cantatas

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 94440

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th May 2014



For a long time, Alessandro Scarlatti was merely 'the father of' the more celebrated Domenico Scarlatti (the composer of 555 keyboard sonatas), but in recent years his genius as a composer of an immense vocal oeuvre has been widely recognized.

Alessandro wrote some 800 cantatas for solo voice and instrumental ensemble - dramatic works on secular texts, dealing mainly with unrequited love, and the resulting grief and melancholy, exquisitely expressed in beautiful cantabile lines.

The two Cantatas on this new recording (which also contains concertos and an instrumental sonata) are sung by the famous Italian alto Gabriella Martellacci, a household name in the Early Music scene, and a regular guest with ensembles like Concerto Italiano (Rinaldo Alessandrini) and Modo Antiquo (Federico Maria Sardelli).

Booklet contains liner notes, biographies and sung texts.

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