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Alessandro Scarlatti: Sin, Repentance and Grace, oratorio for 3 voices / Mechthild Bach, Petra Geitner, Kai Wessel

Notes & Reviews:

This full-length work is among Scarlatti's most mature compositions and is certainly the most representative example of the type of passion music cultivated in Italy.This genre is based on a completely different conception to that of Bach's passion music. His stylistic language was typical and had a determining influence on the period between the early baroque style of Monteverdi, Cesti and Cavalli and the development of the "galant" style of his pupil J.A. Hasse, which leads directly into the classical period.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
Michael Schneider taps directly into Alessandro Scarlatti's imagination in a richly textured performance of this seldom-heard oratorio. Happily, and unusually, the libretto is included.

MusicWeb International, June 2012
The performance is such that this reissue is welcome. The three soloists bring good interpretations, albeit a bit too restrained.


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