Alessandro Scarlatti - St John Passion | Ricercar RIC378

Alessandro Scarlatti - St John Passion

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Label: Ricercar

Cat No: RIC378

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th March 2017

Contents

Works

Scarlatti, Alessandro

Passio secundum Johannem (St John Passion)
Responsori per la Settimana Santa
» Aestimatus sum
» Ecce vidimus eum
» Omnes amici mei
» O vos omnes
» Plange quasi virgo
» Vinea me electa

Artists

Giuseppina Bridelli
Choeur de Chambre de Namur
Millenium Orchestra

Conductor

Leonardo Garcia Alarcon

Works

Scarlatti, Alessandro

Passio secundum Johannem (St John Passion)
Responsori per la Settimana Santa
» Aestimatus sum
» Ecce vidimus eum
» Omnes amici mei
» O vos omnes
» Plange quasi virgo
» Vinea me electa

Artists

Giuseppina Bridelli
Choeur de Chambre de Namur
Millenium Orchestra

Conductor

Leonardo Garcia Alarcon

About

Alessandro Scarlatti’s St John Passion was the first Passion setting written in seventeenth-century Italy. Scarlatti treats the role of the Evangelist (composed in the mezzo-soprano register) in highly unusual fashion, giving his narrative numerous emotional passages.

The Voice of Christ (bass) is invariably haloed by a string accompaniment. The version presented by Leonardo García Alarcón inserts meditations assigned to the chorus; these are taken from Scarlatti’s Responsories for Holy Week, polyphonic settings that reveal a little-known genre practised by this composer.

Reviews

Recordings of Alessandro Scarlatti’s Passion secundum Johannem are not that common, so...I’m glad to have heard it.
Early Music Review 31 May 2017
Leonardo García Alarcón positions every movement of the St John Passion between meditative choral responses attributed to Scarlatti in a manuscript dated 1705 in Bologna’s Accademia Filarmonica (and which also have stylistic common ground with Holy Week lessons by Veneziano). The resulting hybrid is an unhistorical Passiontide pasticcio but the warmly expressive results make convincing textual sense.
Gramophone June 2017

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