Notes & Reviews:
Important though Alessandro Stradella's compositions were during his lifetime, modern history has ceded notoriety from his works to his dramatic, often sordid, life story. In a world premiere recording of the fascinating oratorio Ester, liberatrice del popolo Hebreo, conductor Luca Franco Ferrari, soloists, and ensemble Il Concento seek to restore Stradella's due respect. The work itself conforms to 17th century conventions of the oratorio, while soaring dramatically on the power of Stradella's adventurous and fiery style.
Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
Meritorious music includes the stile antico Hebrew chorus conveying lamentation of impending doom ('Armati sol d'oltraggio'), the bullying bass Aman's sarcastic instruction for the Hebrews to weep ('Piangete pur, piangete') and Esther's emotive petition to Assuero.
American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Alessandro Stradella has left us six examples of what was known as the oratorio volgare or vernacular oratorio (as opposed to the more highfallutin' oratorium latinum). These works are among the most important contributions to the genre after Carissimi's Latin examples.
Personnel: Riccardo Ristori, Elisa Franzetti, Matteo Armanino, Debora Parodi, Francesco Lambertini, Francesca Rota, Vicky Norrington (vocals); Silvia Piccollo (violin).
Recording information: Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Torbi di Ceranesi, Genova (11/22/2001-11/26/2001).
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Works DetailsStradella, Alessandro : Ester, oratorio
- Conductor: Franco Ferrari
- Ensemble: Il Concento
- Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Torbi di Ceranesi, Genova (11/22/2001-11/26/2001)
- Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio