Notes & Reviews:
'Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme' is a rarely-heard oratorio by Allesandro Scarlatti, first performed in 1705. It tells of the struggle between the Judean king Sedecia (Zedekiah) - sung by countertenor Gerard Lesne, who also conducts the performance - and the Babylonian king Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar), sung by bass Peter Harvey.
BBC Music Magazine
The edition for this premiere recording has been made by Karl B÷hmer, who has provided an informative introductory essay, and Oliver Mattern. GTrard Lesne has made something of a speciality of Scarlatti's music and his lively direction of Sedecia benefits from his fluent handling of dramatic and stylistic aspects of the work...A splendid achievement.
BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
In performances of such commitment and flair, nothing is routine.
Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
Emelyanychev, using what sounds like a single-manual harpsichord, gives spruce, deftly timed accounts of both his solo concertos... Hinterholzer is a refined, mellow-toned soloist in the Horn Concerto, spinning a beautiful sustained line in the Adagio... the spirited period band also give an enjoyable account of arguably the most popular, certainly the most eccentric, of Haydn's 'Paris' Symphonies.
Recording information: École Sainte-Geneviève, Versailles, France (11/02/1999-11/06/1999).
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Works DetailsScarlatti, Alessandro : Il Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme
- Conductor: Gérard Lesne
- Ensemble: Il Seminario Musicale
- Notes: École Sainte-Geneviève, Versailles, France (11/02/1999-11/06/1999)
- Running Time: 82 min. 22 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio