Scarlatti: Magnificat, Dixit Dominus

Scarlatti: Magnificat, Dixit Dominus

by Rinaldo Alessandrini
     
 
Austerely agonized, excruciatingly ecstatic, and vocally virtuosic, this disc joining Alessandro Scarlatti's "Dixit Dominus" and "Magnificat" with five secular madrigals incarnates the notion of mannerism in music. Though self-consciously conservative, Scarlatti's music here is so expertly composed and so manifestly deeply felt that its extraordinary emotional

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Austerely agonized, excruciatingly ecstatic, and vocally virtuosic, this disc joining Alessandro Scarlatti's "Dixit Dominus" and "Magnificat" with five secular madrigals incarnates the notion of mannerism in music. Though self-consciously conservative, Scarlatti's music here is so expertly composed and so manifestly deeply felt that its extraordinary emotional intensity transcends style and period. The opening "Dixit Dominus" is breathtaking in its contrapuntal complexities, the closing "Magnificat" heartrending in its operatic melodies, and the central madrigals gut-wrenching in their harmonic despair. As performed on this Naïve disc by the five voices and two instruments of the Concerto Italiano led by Rinaldo Alessandrini, these works are still enormously affecting even after three centuries. All five singers are amazing alone; that they could blend voices and bend tempos with such extraordinary taste and musicality is incredibly impressive. Anyone who likes the music of Italian Baroque in general and Scarlatti the elder in particular will enjoy this disc. Recorded in Rome in February 2000, Naïve's digital sound is as real as light, life, and love.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - David Vickers
Concerto Italiano perform with a commendable juxtaposition of colour and restraint.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano sings Italian Baroque music with more skill, style and passion than any group -- ever.
The Guardian - Andrew Clements
With just one singer to a part, the performances by Concerto Italiano are beguilingly beautiful, with every fleck of expressive detail exactly placed, and the sound of each syllable lovingly relished.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0709861303502
catalogNumber:
30350

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Tracks

  1. Dixit Dominus (No. 1) (Psalm 109), for chorus & organ  - Alessandro Scarlatti  - Michel Chasteau  -  Concerto Italiano  - Paolo Costa  - Eduardo Eguez  - Gianluca Ferrarini  - Sergio Foresti  - Charles B. Johnston  - Elisabetta Tiso  - Anna Simboli  - Ignazio Schifani  - Ignazio Schifani  - Didier Martin
  2. Sdegno la fiamma estinse, madrigal for 5 voices  - Alessandro Scarlatti  - Michel Chasteau  -  Concerto Italiano  - Paolo Costa  - Eduardo Eguez  - Gianluca Ferrarini  - Sergio Foresti  - Charles B. Johnston  - Elisabetta Tiso  - Anna Simboli  - Ignazio Schifani  - Ignazio Schifani  - Didier Martin
  3. Mori, mi dici, madrigal for 5 voices  - Alessandro Scarlatti  - Michel Chasteau  -  Concerto Italiano  - Paolo Costa  - Eduardo Eguez  - Gianluca Ferrarini  - Sergio Foresti  - Charles B. Johnston  - Elisabetta Tiso  - Anna Simboli  - Ignazio Schifani  - Ignazio Schifani  - Didier Martin
  4. O selce, o tigre, o ninfa, madrigal for 5 voices  - Alessandro Scarlatti  - Michel Chasteau  -  Concerto Italiano  - Paolo Costa  - Eduardo Eguez  - Gianluca Ferrarini  - Sergio Foresti  - Charles B. Johnston  - Elisabetta Tiso  - Anna Simboli  - Ignazio Schifani  - Ignazio Schifani  - Didier Martin
  5. O morte, a gli altri fosca, a me serena, madrigal for 5 voices  - Alessandro Scarlatti  - Michel Chasteau  -  Concerto Italiano  - Paolo Costa  - Eduardo Eguez  - Gianluca Ferrarini  - Sergio Foresti  - Charles B. Johnston  - Elisabetta Tiso  - Anna Simboli  - Ignazio Schifani  - Ignazio Schifani  - Didier Martin
  6. Arsi un tempo e l'ardore, madrigal for 5 voices  - Alessandro Scarlatti  - Michel Chasteau  -  Concerto Italiano  - Paolo Costa  - Eduardo Eguez  - Gianluca Ferrarini  - Sergio Foresti  - Charles B. Johnston  - Elisabetta Tiso  - Anna Simboli  - Ignazio Schifani  - Ignazio Schifani  - Didier Martin
  7. Magnificat for soloists, chorus, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D major  - Alessandro Scarlatti  - Michel Chasteau  -  Concerto Italiano  - Paolo Costa  - Eduardo Eguez  - Gianluca Ferrarini  - Sergio Foresti  - Charles B. Johnston  - Elisabetta Tiso  - Anna Simboli  - Ignazio Schifani  - Ignazio Schifani  - Didier Martin

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