A Scarlatti - La Gloria di Primavera | Philharmonia Baroque PBP09

A Scarlatti - La Gloria di Primavera

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Label: Philharmonia Baroque

Cat No: PBP09

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 1st April 2016

Contents

Artists

Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano)
Suzana Ograjenšek (soprano)
Clint van der Linde (countertenor)
Nicholas Phan (tenor)
Douglas Williams (baritone)
Philharmonia Chorale
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Conductor

Nicholas McGegan

Works

Scarlatti, Alessandro

La Gloria di Primavera

Artists

Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano)
Suzana Ograjenšek (soprano)
Clint van der Linde (countertenor)
Nicholas Phan (tenor)
Douglas Williams (baritone)
Philharmonia Chorale
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Conductor

Nicholas McGegan

About

The San Francisco Chronicle called Scarlatti’s La Gloria di Primavera a “feast of vocal invention, supplemented by wondrous instrumental writing for a strikingly large orchestra” after Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan presented acclaimed western hemisphere premiere performances in October 2015. PBO and McGegan are delighted to be the first to record this newly-discovered 300-year-old serenata.

After Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI acquired the kingdom of Naples in a treaty, the Neapolitans commissioned their court composer, Alessandro Scarlatti, to compose a grand serenata to celebrate the birth of Charles VI’s son, prince John Leopold. Scarlatti wrote the piece within a few weeks and it was performed to audiences in Naples immediately following the birth. Unfortunately, just months after La Gloria di Primavera premiered, the celebrated infant died and the incredible work was forgotten.

“It’s rare to have the opportunity to be among the very first in the world to present this stunning serenata to modern listeners. When the manuscript of ‘The Glory of Spring’ was shared with me, I was enthralled by its exquisite beauty, its grand majesty. I have been so eager to bring this to our audiences,” says McGegan. “I assure you, after 300 years, it is worth the wait!”

The performances were recorded live at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA on October 4 and 10, 2015. This recording is made possible by a generous gift from the Waverley Fund.

Cast:
- Spring: Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano)
- Summer: Suzana Ograjenšek (soprano)
- Autumn: Clint van der Linde (countertenor)
- Winter: Nicholas Phan (tenor)
- Jove: Douglas Williams (baritone)

Reviews

Scarlatti’s paean is captured in Nicholas McGegan’s live recording made in Berkeley in October 2015. The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s string-playing is routinely urbane, and the continuo group’s realisations are impeccably shaded. Diana Moore is expressive with words and musical details in Spring’s splendid arias, such as ‘Canta dolce il rosignuolo’ (in which woodwinds sweetly imitate a nightingale’s song). Suzana Ograjenšek’s lightly supple timbre, intelligent treatment of melismatic word-setting and lovely melodic phrasing are applied adroitly to Summer’s ‘Fa che Zeffiro tra fronde’ (a rapt description of breezes wafting through trees and grasses, featuring whispering strings and solo flute). ... This is a delightfully enjoyable revelation of the elder Scarlatti’s genius.  David Vickers
Gramophone July 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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