A Scarlatti - O penosa lontananza: Chamber Cantatas | Ricercar RIC396

A Scarlatti - O penosa lontananza: Chamber Cantatas

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Label: Ricercar

Cat No: RIC396

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 16th November 2018



Deborah Cachet (soprano)
Nicolas Achten (baritone)
Scherzi Musicali


Nicolas Achten


Scarlatti, Alessandro

Fiero acerbo destin
Immagini d'orrore
O penosa lontananza
Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio
Sovra carro stellato
Tu resti, o mio bel nume


Deborah Cachet (soprano)
Nicolas Achten (baritone)
Scherzi Musicali


Nicolas Achten


In this new recording, Scherzi Musicali explores the fascinating world of Alessandro Scarlatti’s Arcadian cantatas: the six mostly unpublished cantatas selected here sublimate the affects of nymphs and shepherds far from their beloved. Both the arias and the recitatives are exceptionally beautiful, varied and colourful: the accomplished theatrical sense of these cantatas has stimulated the soprano Deborah Cachet, the baritone Nicolas Achten and the abundant instrumental forces that provide a setting for their voices to a passionate and captivating realisation, in which poetry, rhetoric, inventive ornamentation and opulence of sound reign supreme.



The Arcadian duets and solo cantatas presented here each deal with a different but plausible aspect of the pleasures and pains of love, drawing sensitively tailored responses from their fertile-minded composer. ... Director Nicolas Achten sings in a penetrating baritone, rather like a lower-lying equivalent of an haute-contre, while also playing theorbo and harp; and Deborah Cachet is an immensely pleasing and confident soprano — a voice to listen out for.  Lindsay Kemp
Gramophone January 2019
... both Deborah Cachet and Nicolas Achten are successful, though in differing ways, the former, for example, tellingly capturing the irony of the cantata mentioned above. Cachet’s singing throughout is indeed near unalloyed pleasure; the quality of her voice is lovely, crystalline in purity and owning to the ability to spin an unwavering cantabile, yet full of a youthful warmth and, where needed, passion to evoke the shepherdesses who talk of nothing but love in its different guises.  Brian Robins
Early Music Review November 2018

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