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Scarlatti: Davidis Pugna et Victoria

Notes & Reviews:

'This is Academia Montis Regalis's third and most convincing Italian Baroque oratorio recording for Hyperion, and a fine addition to the elder Scarlatti's discography' (Gramophone)

'De Marchi knows exactly how to keep things moving, and his performers are first class ... Especially memorable is David's prayer 'Tu mihi supernum aeterne rex', which provides Invernizzi with an opportunity to soar celestially above flowing musical lines, in one of Scarlatti's most inspired melodic creations, a shining oasis of calm in the midst of pugnacious full-textured activity' (International Record Review)

'Such an impressive work - why haven't we heard it before? ... Scatlatti's take on the story of David and Goliath is as dramatic as any early opera and it receives a performance to do it justice here' (MusicWeb.com)

Gramophone Magazine
The oratorio, a learned dramatisation of the story of David and Goliath, is given a crisp performance by Academia Montis Regalis. The full strings are vivid yet supportive in their sporadic contributions, and in numerous short continuo arias the instrumentalists are impressively alert. The opposing attitudes of the courageous Jonathan... and melancholic Saul... are sung sensitively by Robin Johannsen and Martin Oro. Roberta Invernizzi's sparkling singing is both heroic and ideally youthful as the boy David, whose spirited confrontation with Antonio Abete's bullying bass Goliath is marvellously enacted.


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