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Alessandro Scarlatti's Griselda

In the second in a series about great baroque operas, Catherine Bott explores Griselda, the last surviving opera by Alessandro Scarlatti, written 42 years after his first.

Griselda is the last surviving and 114th Opera by Alessandro Scarlatti, maybe the greatest composer of his generation. Written a full 42 years after his first Opera, it was curiously neglected for a long time and after the premiere of the work in 1721, it was not to receive another performance until late in the 20th Century. Catherine Bott explores Griselda and the reasons for its neglect, joined by the eminent early music expert and advocate of Scarlatti, Nicholas McGegan.
This programme forms part of the Early Music Show's monthly reflections on great Baroque operas, presented as part of the "Opera on the BBC" festivities.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Griselda – Sinfonia

    Performers: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 801805/07.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Gli equivoci nel sembiante (excerpt)

    Performers: London Baroque, Charles Medlam (director)

    • (BBC Radio 3 recording from 1988).
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Qui, tra tenebre oscure (recit from Cantata Ombre tacite e sole)

    Performers: Arcadian Academy, Nicholas McGegan

    • CONIFER.
    • 75605 513192.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Griselda – Act 3, scenes 8 & 9

    Performers: Veronica Cangemi (soprano), Bernarda Fink (mezzo), Kobie van Rensburg (tenor), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 801805/07.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Griselda – Act 1 scene 2

    Performers: Dorothea Roschmann (soprano), Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 801805/07.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Griselda – Aria: Act 2 scene 6

    Performers: Bernarda Fink (mezzo), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 801805/07.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Griselda – Act 1 scene 17

    Performers: Veronica Cangemi (soprano), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 801805/07.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Griselda - Quartetto from end of Act 3

    Performers: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 801805/07.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Griselda - Final Coro (Act 3)

    Performers: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 801805/07.

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