Stradella - San Giovanni Battista | Alpha ALPHA579

Stradella - San Giovanni Battista

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA579

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 27th March 2020

Contents

Artists

Le Banquet Celeste

Conductor

Damien Guillon

Works

Stradella, Alessandro

San Giovanni Battista

Artists

Le Banquet Celeste

Conductor

Damien Guillon

About

A composer who led a dissolute life and ended up stabbed to death in Genoa, Stradella nevertheless left a distinctive stamp on the history of music. He is situated at the intersection of several stylistic paths and periods, at the crossroads between opera and sacred drama, since his output, and especially San Giovanni Battista (St John the Baptist), marks the encounter of the great Roman oratorio inherited from Carissimi with the Venetian opera of Cavalli. Stradella is also close to the next generation, that of Scarlatti and Handel. His music is characterised by liveliness, expressiveness and profound humanity. Although San Giovanni Battista enjoyed genuine success when it was premiered in 1675, it was only in 1949 that the work was exhumed from the libraries where its score lay slumbering. That event took place in Perugia, and the role of Salome was sung by Maria Callas.

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