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Alessandro Scarlatti - The Sicilian Godfather of the Oratorio

Saturday 8 December 2007 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

Lucie Skeaping looks at the life of the Sicilian born composer, and some of the music he composed for oratorios during the early part of the 18th century. The Vatican had placed a ban on opera and theatrical productions which lasted nearly 30 years, but Scarlatti found ways around that inconvenience and wrote some of the most influential stage-works during this time. Music includes excerpts from Ishmael, Maddalena, Il Giardino di Amore and Cain, ovvero Il Primo Omidicio. Plus Simon Lole presents a feature about Scarlatti's younger brother, Francesco, whose life took a much less successful path.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

All music by Alexander Scarlatti

Ishmael: Sinfonia
Brewer Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Rudolph Palmer
NPD 85558-2
Disc 1, Track 1
Dur: 04'06

Ishmael: "E folle chi paventa"
Erie Mills (Angel)
Brewer Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Rudolph Palmer
TBC
Disc 2, Track 16
Dur: 02'59

Maddalena: "Il cammin di lieta" to "Perche tu mi fuggi?"
Sylvia Piccollo (Maddalena) / Gloria Banditelli (Penitenza)
L'Europa Galante
Directed by Fabio Biondi
OPUS 111 30-96
Tracks 5-9
Dur: 06'07

Il Giardino di Amore: Recitative & Aria of Adone
Dorothea Wirtz (soprano)
Parnassi Musici
ETCETERA KTC 1244
Track 2
Dur: 06'20

San Casimiro: Re di Polonia [Final Recitative, Aria & Chorus]
Krzysztof Szmyt (San Casimiro) / Olga Pasiecznik (Regio Fasto)
Ensemble directed by Jerzy Zak
ACTE PREALABLE AP0025
Tracks 30-32
Dur: 06'44

Cain, ovvero Il Primo Omicidio: "Mascheratevi o miei sdegni"
Matthew White (countertenor) [Cain]
Tafelmusik
Directed by Jeanne Lamon
Analekta tbc..
Track 12
Dur: 02'18

Cain, ovvero Il Primo Omicidio: "Miei genitori, addio"
Matthew White (countertenor) [Cain]
Tafelmusik
Directed by Jeanne Lamon
Analekta tbc..
Track 15
Dur: 04'1

Il Trionfo dell'Onore: "Ricevi il mio core" to "Applaudiam con lieto gridi"
Soloists
Orchestra Lirica di Milano della RAI
Conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini
WARNER FONIT 5050466-2906-2-5
Disc 2 Tracks 19-21
Dur: 04'46


Music from the feature:

Francesco Scarlatti: Miserere
Armonico Consort
Concerto Gallese
The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
Christopher Monks Director
Deux-Elles DXL 1096
Track 20

Francesco Scarlatti: Messa: Quoniam tu Solus Sanctus
As above
Deux-Elles DXL 1096
Track 18

Francesco Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus
As above
Deux-Elles DXL 1096
Track 1

Handel: Chandos Anthem No. 9 'O Praise the Lord with One Consent'
The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra
Harry Christophers
Chandos 0554
CD 3 Track 18

Francesco Scarlatti: Messa - Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi (I)
As before
Deux-Elles DXL 1096
Track 16

Francesco Scarlatti: Messa - Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
As above
Deux-Elles DXL 1096
Track 15





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