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Lamentazione: Scarlatti, Leo, Legrenzi, Lotti, Caldara / Les Arts Florissants

Audio Samples

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Stabat Mater, for double chorus & continuo in C minor
>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus a 10
>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Quam amarum est, Maria, motet
>Caldara, Antonio : Caldara - Crucifixus a 16
>Leo, Leonardo : Miserere mei deus, concertanto for 8 voices & continuo
>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus, Motet a 6

Album Summary

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Stabat Mater, for double chorus & continuo in C minor
>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus a 10
>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Quam amarum est, Maria, motet
>Caldara, Antonio : Caldara - Crucifixus a 16
>Leo, Leonardo : Miserere mei deus, concertanto for 8 voices & continuo
>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus, Motet a 6
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Notes & Reviews:

The singers of Les Arts Florissants, under the direction of tenor Paul Agnew, perform elaborate unaccompanied sacred works by Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, Leonardo Leo and Antonio Caldara. This Virgin Classics release was recorded in the Benedictine abbey at Ambronay in eastern France.

In September 2010, as part of the annual festival at Ambronay in eastern France, not far from the Swiss border, Agnew directed the singers of Les Arts Florissants in a concert at the village's 9th-century Benedictine Abbey. It presented a number of masterpieces of church music by Italian baroque composers: the Neapolitans Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti and Leonardo Leo, and the Venetian Antonio Caldara, who took charge of music at the imperial chapel in Vienna. A review of the concert went on to say that: "The choir fulfilled its role perfectly. Beyond the quality of the voices, often in the soloist class, and the supple and appealing tonal blend, the fluidity of the transitions and the precision of articulation proved that the ensemble ... has few (if any) rivals in this repertoire."

Les Arts Florissants is one of the most influential and prolific ensembles in the world. Founded in 1979 by William Christie, who now regularly shares conducting duties with Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants has released eight recordings on Virgin Classics.

"Paul Agnew's direction throughout is exemplary, rendering Domenico Scarlatti's "Stabat Mater" with poise and piety, and expertly navigating Leonardo Leo's ingenious interplay of choirs and plainsong in his "Miserere a due cori"." -The Independent

The Times
Fabulous pile-ups of dissonances and a polychoral lushness characterise most of the music, sung with exemplary clarity and expression by Les Arts Florissants under the British tenor, Paul Agnew. The astringency of the upper voices gives more bite to those spine-shivering discords.

BBC Music Magazine
Paul Agnew here makes a stunningly successful recording debut as conductor...this disc's unusual blend of authority and intimacy sets Agnew apart from Christie...this performance's bravura makes it a benchmark, and flags the advent of an exciting new recording career.

Gramophone Magazine
Regardless of occasional flaws inevitable from a live recording, textural transparencies resonate around the lovely Ambronay acoustic. The Choir of Les Arts Florissants is on exceptionally good form...Leo's Miserere (1739) is sung with the boldness, authority, lamentation and soft compassion that the composer variously demands...Agnew and his choir deserve plaudits for a masterly and valuable recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbaye d'Ambronay, France (09/26/2010).



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Works Details

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Stabat Mater, for double chorus & continuo in C minor
  • Performers: Virginie Thomas; Sean Clayton
  • Conductor: Paul Agnew
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 23 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1714

>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus a 10
  • Conductor: Paul Agnew
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Quam amarum est, Maria, motet
  • Performers: Maud Gnidzaz (Soprano); Hannah Morrison (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Paul Agnew
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Caldara, Antonio : Caldara - Crucifixus a 16
  • Conductor: Paul Agnew
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Leo, Leonardo : Miserere mei deus, concertanto for 8 voices & continuo
  • Conductor: Paul Agnew
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 18 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus, Motet a 6
  • Conductor: Paul Agnew
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral