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Alessandro Scarlatti: Alto Cantatas / Gabriella Martellacci, alto; Gruppo Instrumentale Di Roma

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  1. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in C Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: I. Moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  2. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in C Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: II. Fugue $0.69 on iTunes
  3. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in C Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: III. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  4. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in C Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: IV. Andante $0.69 on iTunes
  5. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in C Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: V. Andante $0.69 on iTunes
  6. A. Scarlatti — Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?: I. Sinfonia $0.69 on iTunes
  7. A. Scarlatti — Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?: II. Recitative $0.69 on iTunes
  8. A. Scarlatti — Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?: III. Aria $0.69 on iTunes
  9. A. Scarlatti — Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?: IV. Recitative $0.69 on iTunes
  10. A. Scarlatti — Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?: V. Ritornello and Aria $0.69 on iTunes
  11. A. Scarlatti — Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?: VI. Recitative $0.69 on iTunes
  12. A. Scarlatti — Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?: VII. Aria $0.69 on iTunes
  13. A. Scarlatti — Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?: VIII. Recitative $0.69 on iTunes
  14. A. Scarlatti — Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?: IX. Aria $0.69 on iTunes
  15. A. Scarlatti — Sonata a quattro in G Minor: I. Allegro ma non troppo $0.69 on iTunes
  16. A. Scarlatti — Sonata a quattro in G Minor: II. Grave $0.69 on iTunes
  17. A. Scarlatti — Sonata a quattro in G Minor: III. Vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  18. A. Scarlatti — Filen, mio caro bene: I. Sinfonia $0.69 on iTunes
  19. A. Scarlatti — Filen, mio caro bene: II. Recitative $0.69 on iTunes
  20. A. Scarlatti — Filen, mio caro bene: III. Aria. Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  21. A. Scarlatti — Filen, mio caro bene: IV. Recitative $0.69 on iTunes
  22. A. Scarlatti — Filen, mio caro bene: V. Aria. Andante moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  23. A. Scarlatti — Sonata a quattro in D Minor: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  24. A. Scarlatti — Sonata a quattro in D Minor: II. Grave $0.69 on iTunes
  25. A. Scarlatti — Sonata a quattro in D Minor: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  26. A. Scarlatti — Sonata a quattro in D Minor: IV. Minuet $0.69 on iTunes
  27. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in A Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  28. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in A Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: II Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  29. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in A Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: III. Fugue $0.69 on iTunes
  30. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in A Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: IV. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  31. A. Scarlatti — Concerto in A Minor for Flute, Two Violins and Continuo: V. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonata for flute, 2 violins, cello & continuo no 3 in C minor
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Perche tacete, regolati concenti?, chamber cantata for alto, 2 violins & continuo
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonate a quattro for string quartet no 3 in G minor ("Quartet Sonata")
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Filli che esprime la sua fede a Fileno, chamber cantata for alto, 2 violins, flute & continuo ("File
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonate a quattro for string quartet no 4 in D minor ("Quartet Sonata")
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonata in A minor
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Notes & Reviews:

The author of around 800 cantatas, Alessandro Scarlatti was the most prolific composer of this particular chamber genre during the Baroque period. In this engaging release we are introduced to two examples, both 'with instruments' and written for solo contralto, the voice type to which the Sicilian dedicated a mere 10 per cent of his cantata output. Perchè tacete, regolati concenti is the first, a work that corresponds to the typically 17th-century themes of unrequited or unhappy love, with both the character and the music expressing the feeling of grief that underpins the text. The prose is actually quite weak in comparison to the quality of the music, and it may be that Scarlatti wrote it himself: he was, after all, described in the wording of his admission to the Arcadia as a 'professor or poetry'. It is in any case an early composition; the second cantata, Filen, mio caro bene, we know was written later, on account of its style as well as Arcadian subject matter (which by then was in vogue: the work is set in a natural context). Complementing these works are a couple of concertos and sonatas by the composer, each set in a minor key. An all-Italian cast are at hand to perform the programme, with alto Gabriella Martellacci - who has appeared as a guest performer with such prestigious orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - taking the lead in the cantatas. Other information: Recorded in October 2012, Basilica dei Santi Bonifacio e Alessio, Rome.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Martellacci's true alto voice is rich and expressive. It is full of life, with elegant phrasing, well applied rubato, and contrasting dynamics. Dario Benigno's recorder playing in the two concertos is especially nice.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Basilica dei Santi Bonifacio e Alessio, Rome (10/2012).



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>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonata for flute, 2 violins, cello & continuo no 3 in C minor
  • Conductor: Giorgio Sasso
  • Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Perchè tacete, regolati concenti?, chamber cantata for alto, 2 violins & continuo
  • Conductor: Giorgio Sasso
  • Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonate a quattro for string quartet no 3 in G minor ("Quartet Sonata")
  • Conductor: Giorgio Sasso
  • Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Filli che esprime la sua fede à Fileno, chamber cantata for alto, 2 violins, flute & continuo ("File
  • Conductor: Giorgio Sasso
  • Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonate a quattro for string quartet no 4 in D minor ("Quartet Sonata")
  • Conductor: Giorgio Sasso
  • Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonata in A minor
  • Conductor: Giorgio Sasso
  • Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725