Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa Breve; Six Motets; Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The program is a strong point straight off here; the Alessandro Scarlatti "Missa Breve" and the "Stabat Mater" by his son Domenico are both rich, fascinating works that progressively deconstruct the model of making music around two or more separate choirs, a century old by the time the Scarlattis took it up. The "Stabat Mater" is a really lovely work, but it's been hampered in the repertory but uncertainty over performance practice; it's not clear how many singers should be used, or how they should be deployed in solos and massed groups if any. It is not really a double-choir work at all but a mass in 10 parts, with those subdivided into various groupings including five ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The program is a strong point straight off here; the Alessandro Scarlatti "Missa Breve" and the "Stabat Mater" by his son Domenico are both rich, fascinating works that progressively deconstruct the model of making music around two or more separate choirs, a century old by the time the Scarlattis took it up. The "Stabat Mater" is a really lovely work, but it's been hampered in the repertory but uncertainty over performance practice; it's not clear how many singers should be used, or how they should be deployed in solos and massed groups if any. It is not really a double-choir work at all but a mass in 10 parts, with those subdivided into various groupings including five plus five. The Choir of Christ's College treats it mostly as a choral work, with soloists used in some of the more purely operatic moments. The soloists have more to do in the "Missa Breve," where the two-group structure serves as a basis for vocally flowery solo-choir contrasts. As an entr'acte the group offers a half-dozen motets by the elder Scarlatti, and these are also forgotten treasures. For four unaccompanied voices the larger works have a continuo part, played here on an organ, they are serious, dense, and harmonically quite complex. The choir, consisting of mixed-gender young adults they are Cambridge University students, is anything but typical of the English cathedral sound; the women have an entirely distinctive reediness that delineates the rich polyphony throughout, and the five soloists are all attractive. A superior Baroque choral release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Regent
  • UPC: 802561028321
  • Catalog Number: 283
  • Sales rank: 337,680

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stabat Mater, for double chorus & continuo in C minor - Domenico Scarlatti & David Rowland (24:25)
  2. 2 Exsultate Deo adjutori, motet for chorus - Alessandro Scarlatti & David Rowland (2:48)
  3. 3 Domine in auxilium meum, motet for chorus - Alessandro Scarlatti & David Rowland (3:42)
  4. 4 Exaltabo te Domine quoniam, motet for chorus - Alessandro Scarlatti & David Rowland (3:27)
  5. 5 Exurge Domine non prevaleat, motet for chorus - Alessandro Scarlatti & David Rowland (2:56)
  6. 6 Justitiae Domini rectae, motet for chorus - Alessandro Scarlatti & David Rowland (3:35)
  7. 7 Ad Dominum dum tribularer, motet for chorus - Alessandro Scarlatti & David Rowland (4:09)
  8. 8 Messa breve e concertata, for chorus & continuo in E minor ("Missa in IV tono") - Alessandro Scarlatti & David Rowland (14:20)
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David Rowland Primary Artist
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