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Francesca Aspromonte, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Maria & Maddalena (2021)

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Francesca Aspromonte, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Maria & Maddalena (2021)

Francesca Aspromonte, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Maria & Maddalena: Lulier, Bononcini, Caldara, Perti, Handel, A. Scarlatti (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 62:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC5186867 | Recorded: 2020

On her second PENTATONE album Maria & Maddalena, star soprano Francesca Aspromonte explores the Two Marys in oratorios by Lulier, Bononcini, Leopoldo I d’Asburgo, Caldara, Perti, Handel and Scarlatti, partly in new editions, documenting the extremely bloom of the genre in the years around 1700. She performs these works together with violinist Boris Begelman as well as the seasoned players of I Barocchisti under the baton of the eminent Diego Fasolis. Traditionally seen as two feminine opposites, with far-reaching moral implications, Aspromonte brings the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene together as two beautiful and strong women who turned their lives upside down by making the choice to dedicate themselves completely to an ideal. Her interpretation of these exceptional pieces explores all the emotions of the Two Marys, constituting a fascinating and profoundly moving portrait of what it means to be a woman.

Michael Schneider - The Baroque Recorder Concerto [6CDs] (2017)

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Michael Schneider - The Baroque Recorder Concerto [6CDs] (2017)

Michael Schneider - The Baroque Recorder Concerto [6CDs] (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,06 Gb | Total time: 401:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 555 183-2 | Recorded: 1998, 2005, 2007, 2009-13

This unique anthology of Baroque flute concertos on six CDs contains not only sensational collections featuring virtuoso recorder concertos of the German, Italian, and English Baroque but also the complete solo recorder concertos of Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and Georg Philipp Telemann. Telemanns two very different Concertos in F major and C major, for example, number among the most outstanding Baroque compositions of all for the recorder in a concerto role. Michael Schneider currently has no real rivals worldwide on his instrument. In his hands the recorder loses what so often limits its expressive capacity and gains a voice articulating all the musical facets. The complete eighteenth-century repertoire of recorder concertos or most of it is now available in performances by Schneider.

Charles Dutoit, Sinfonietta de Montréal, June Anderson, Cecilia Bartoli - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina (1993)

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Charles Dutoit, Sinfonietta de Montréal, June Anderson, Cecilia Bartoli - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina (1993)

Charles Dutoit, Sinfonietta de Montréal, June Anderson, Cecilia Bartoli - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina; A.Scarlatti: Salve Regina (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 69:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 436 209-2 | Recorded: 1991

Pergolesi's Stabat mater and his C minor Salve Regina were coupled earlier on the Hogwood (L'Oiseau-Lyre) recording, highly praised by NA. The addition of another Salve Regina, this one attributed not quite conclusively to Scarlatti as a late work, provides the new record with a further attraction both on the piece's own merit (irrespective of authorship) and in its affinity with the Stabat mater. Another attraction for many will lie in the identity of the two singers and the conductor.

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

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Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.26 Gb | Total time: 11h 17' 57'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 63264-2 | Recorded: 1991-2000

For fans of Il Giardino Armonico's flamboyant flourishes and exuberant expressiveness, it's like having all your birthdays at once, being presented with this great Warner Classics 11 CD set. My own feeling is that this "free" approach to Baroque music is at its best when applied to the theatrical music of disc 8 or the seventeenth century Italian music on disc 1. The showmanship and playfulness is an absolute joy in many of those pieces. I'm less satisfied with the interpretations of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, (on discs 10 and 11), which require a different approach, I feel. I like my Bach to be a little more measured and subtle, I suppose. It has no need of the Il Giardino Armonico treatment. On the whole, though, I do love this set and wouldn't be without it.

Matthieu Peyrègne, Ensemble Baroque de Monaco - Alessandro Scarlatti: L'Assunzione della Beata Vergine (2018)

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Matthieu Peyrègne, Ensemble Baroque de Monaco - Alessandro Scarlatti: L'Assunzione della Beata Vergine (2018)

Matthieu Peyrègne, Ensemble Baroque de Monaco - Alessandro Scarlatti: L'Assunzione della Beata Vergine (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 63:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Paraty | # PARATY118176 | Recorded: 2018

First recording of Alessandro Scarlatti's last oratorio. Countertenor Matthieu Peyrègne, who has performed in ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Correspondances and Les Talens Lyriques, founded the Ensemble Baroque de Monaco in 2013. The musicians are committed to the baroque heritage of the principality, as Antoine I, who ruled Monaco at the beginning of the 18th century, was on exchange with Louis XIV and shared with him a passion for musical performance. Monaco was an essential stop for artists and composers travelling between France and Italy.

La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

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La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993)
Heike Hallaschka (Soprano), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Kai Wessel (Alto)
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Schopper (Bass)
La Stagione; Michael Schneider, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:43
Classical, Choral, Baroque | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472-77291-2

Cinque Profeti is a little known Christmas cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti. It has a power and subtlety redolent of Handel coupled with touches of early Monteverdi. Sung here to great effect by the five soloists with sensitive instrumentalists, they play together to bring the gentle and subtle melodies - surely written to confer a sense of the special nature of the Christmas season - to life. It’s a recording which is sure to please. Opera was not performed in Rome for much of Alessandro Scarlatti's lifetime; that's why his vocal church music mostly comprised oratorios and cantatas, of which he wrote three for the Palazzo Apostolico. Only one survives: to a libretto by Silvio Stampiglia. Cinque Profeti takes the inventive form of a conversation between the five old testament prophets, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Abraham (the cinque profeti) about the birth of Christ – which was about to be celebrated on the occasion of the cantata’s first performance, in 1705 at the Papal Palace in Rome.

Capella Tiberina; Corina Marti, Alexandra Nigito - Alessandro Scarlatti: 12 Sinfonie di Concerto grosso (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Capella Tiberina; Corina Marti, Alexandra Nigito - Alessandro Scarlatti: 12 Sinfonie di Concerto grosso (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Alessandro Scarlatti - 12 Sinfonie di Concerto grosso (2015) 2CDs
Capella Tiberina; Corina Marti, recorder; Paolo Perrone, concertmaster;
Alexandra Nigito, harpsichord; Ann Allen, oboe, recorder; Giuseppe Frau, trumpet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 506 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 247 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94658 | Time: 01:28:48

After being kept in relative obscurity the music of Alessandro Scarlatti is making a glorious come back, and is recognised as at least as innovative, brilliant and profound as the music of his son, the famous Domenico Scarlatti. These “12 sinfonie di concerto grosso” are concertante works, either for a variety of solo instruments (concerto grosso) or for solo recorder and strings. These are delightful baroque concertos, brimming with energy, Italian charm and gusto. Played by Early Music group Capella Tiberina on historical instruments, Corina Marti is the recorder soloist, who already excelled in her recording of the Mancini recorder concertos on Brilliant Classics (BC 94324).

Esteban Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Alessandro Scarlatti: Oratorio per la Santissima Trinita (2003)

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Esteban Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Alessandro Scarlatti: Oratorio per la Santissima Trinita (2003)

Esteban Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Alessandro Scarlatti: Oratorio per la Santissima Trinita (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 458 Mb | Total time: 44:12+39:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni ‎| GB 2344/45-2 | Recorded: 2003

Alessandro Scarlatti is a great man but his compositions are very difficult, in a theatre audience of a thousand people only 20 will understand them, thus said Count Francesco Zambeccari, an influential contemporary, and it is a testimony of the skill, complexity and depth of his rich music, a far cry from the facile and fashionable composers of his day. The Oratorio per la Santissima Trinita was composed in 1715, written at the mature age of 50, specifically intended for performance in Naples. The music is at the service of the drama, in a musical action that flows almost without caesura, presenting the richness of Scarlattis invention, always backed up by extremely in-depth knowledge of all the best composition techniques of the long tradition of the Italian School.

Les Introuvables de Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [6CDs] (1995)

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Les Introuvables de Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [6CDs] (1995)

Les Introuvables de Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [6CDs] (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.66 Gb | Total time: 07:42:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 68509 2 | Recorded: 1951-1971

The French division of the massive EMI corporation has released a compendium called Les Introuvables de Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (EMI 68509, six CDs), and it contains so much outstanding material that one feels churlish complaining about what it lacks. But here we go. These six discs contain more than 125 lieder, ballads, cantatas and songs – primarily in German, but also in French, Italian, Latin and English – recorded mostly in the 1950s and '60s when Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's voice was one of the wonders of the musical universe.

Andreas Scholl, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Arcadia: Scarlatti, Marcello, Gasparini, Pasquini (2003)

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Andreas Scholl, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Arcadia: Scarlatti, Marcello, Gasparini, Pasquini (2003)

Andreas Scholl, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Arcadia: Scarlatti, Marcello, Gasparini, Pasquini (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 363 Mb | Total time: 78:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 296-02 | Recorded: 2003

Countertenor Andreas Scholl's new CD is devoted to little-known, late-17th- and early-18th-century cantatas whose subject matter is Arcadia, a real region in Greece, but more frequently evoked as an idyllic place filled with innocent, simple shepherds and shepherdesses. Scholl employs a more operatic tone and attitude than we're accustomed to from countertenors. Not only does he use vibrato and "lean" on the voice, but he dips down, as in the final moments of a cantata by Marcello, into a deep, dark baritone range. The effect is dramatic and apt. Elsewhere his tone is just gorgeous and always expressive, he pays attention to the text of these works and captures the theatrical moment in each. The last movement of a work by Francesco Gasparini is excitingly acrobatic.

Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)

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Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)

Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 918 Mb | Total time: 57:00+65:17+64:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503041 | Recorded: 1995,1996

The Swedish trumpet-player Niklas Eklund, born in Göteborg (Gothenburg) in 1969, trained at the School of Music and Musicology of Göteborg University. Further studies took place under the tutelage of Edward H. Tarr at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. After five years as solo trumpet with the Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra, he left the orchestra in the autumn of 1996 to further his career as a soloist. Since then he has appeared with leading ensembles and conductors such as Zubin Metha, John Eliot Gardiner, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Robert King, Eric Ericson, Reinhard Goebel, Gustav Leonhardt, the London Baroque, the Bach Ensemble (New York), the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and the English Baroque Soloists.

Pino De Vittorio, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Il Canto della Sirena: Cantate napoletane dell’età barocca (2011)

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Pino De Vittorio, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Il Canto della Sirena: Cantate napoletane dell’età barocca (2011)

Pino De Vittorio, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Il Canto della Sirena: Cantate napoletane dell’età barocca (2011)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.97 Gb | Total time: 73:59+74:56+62:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 922603. 3 | Recorded: 1991, 1994, 1996

During the early 1990s Antonio Florio (together with Dinko Fabris) was making substantial discoveries in the field of Baroque repertory from Naples for performance and recording, and now that Florio and I Turchini are making new recordings for Glossa (Caresana’s Tenebrae and L’Adoratione de’ Maggi), we are delighted to be bringing back into circulation some of those earlier ground-breaking recordings, signed by Roberto Meo and Sigrid Lee, focusing here – with Il Canto della Sirena – on Neapolitan chamber cantatas from the 17th and early 18th centuries.

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il primo omicidio (1998)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il primo omicidio (1998)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il primo omicidio (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 687 Mb | Total time: 65:58+72:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901649.50 | Recorded: 1997

The slaying of Abel by his brother Cain was one of the favourite subjects of the 18th century Italians, at the time when the oratorio was having a phenomenal success in Rome and Venice. It was most probably in one of the palaces of the “Serenissima”, and not a church, that Scarlatti first performed this astonishing “sacred entertainment”, worthy of a “verismo” opera, in 1707… God and Lucifer confront each other in the very soul of Cain, his brother’s voice is heard from heaven, and the “spatial” treatment of the tonal levels all contribute to the effectiveness of what is almost expressionistic music – there is nothing left out of this incredible Baroque Biblical “thriller”!

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda (2003)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda (2003)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 795 Mb | Total time: 76:37+62:22+42:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901805.07 | Recorded: 2002

This is the first authoritative recording of Alessandro Scarlatti's Griselda, rendered with exquisite beauty by René Jacobs, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and an outstanding cast led by Dorothea Röschmann in the title role. Warming to the story of Griselda (originally by Boccaccio) – the low-born woman who endures a string of indignities as the king, Gualtiero, tests her suitability to be the mother of his heir – is not easy. But the added humanity of Apostolo Zeno's libretto, which invests Griselda with more backbone, and Gualtiero with more sympathy, than they had in Boccaccio's original, and the emotional immediacy of the performances, Röschmann's in particular, make this recording go down smoothly. It is also an abundantly melodic and beautifully orchestrated score, representing Scarlatti at the height of his powers.

Martin Gester, Le Parlament de Musique - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2005)

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Martin Gester, Le Parlament de Musique - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2005)

Martin Gester, Le Parlament de Musique - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 412 Mb | Total time: 77:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambronay | # AMY 004 | Recorded: 2004

The biblical story of the princess Judith, who seduces and then beheads the invading Assyrian general Holofernes, has attracted composers from the early days of opera almost down to the present day with its mixture of gore, patriotic self-sacrifice, and latent feminist themes.