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G. Pergolesi: Messa Romana; A. Scarlatti: Messa per il Santa Natale / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano

Album Summary

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Mass (Kyrie & Gloria), for soloists, chorus & orchestra in F major ('Missa S. Emidio,' 4 versions)
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Messa per il Santissime Natale, for double chorus, 2 violins & continuo in A major
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Concerto Italiano are on especially good form in Scarlatti's finely woven counterpoint (Agnun Dei is exquisite), though both neglected Masses benefit from Alessandrini's articulately shaped interpretations.

BBC Music Magazine
The sheer sustained energy of Concerto Italiano's singers and instrumentalists is thrilling.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These two Masses were performed in Rome almost 30 years apart by composers both strongly associated with Naples. The Messa diS Emidio is one of only two works that are accepted as authentic Pergolesi Mass settings, although different versions survive. It was apparently composed for a service in the Neapolitan church of S Maria della Stella de' PP Minimi in 1732, but Pergolesi later revised it for several choirs and two orchestras (the version recorded here). Concerto Italiano's 10 singers and 19 instrumentalists (including two horns and two trumpets) make an extraordinary noise in the stacking chords that commence the volatile Kyrie. Some of Alessandrini's singers suffer from dodgy tuning at first, but things soon settle down, and reflective moments are particularly well performed.

The disc concludes with an impressive account of Alessandro Scarlatti's magnificent Messa per ilSantissimo Natale. Written in 1707 for the Roman Basilica S Maria Maggiore, it shows Scarlatti's mastery at fusing Renaissance stileantico for two choirs (with very little doubling) with solo voice passages and imaginative instrumental parts for two violins. Concerto Italiano are on especially good form in Scarlatti's finely woven counterpoint (Agnus Dei is exquisite), though both neglected Masses benefit from Alessandrini's articulately shaped interpretations.



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>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Mass (Kyrie & Gloria), for soloists, chorus & orchestra in F major ('Missa S. Emidio,' 4 versions)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Messa per il Santissime Natale, for double chorus, 2 violins & continuo in A major
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 27 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque