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Key2Singing

Vocal Works by Domenico Scarlatti

  • Type CD
  • Label Aliud
  • UPC 8717775551041
  • Catalog number ACDBL 842
  • Release date 29 February 2016
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About the album

Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was born in Naples on the 26th of October 1685 as the sixth of ten children to parents Alessandro Scarlatti and Antonia Anzalone. Alessandro was already by then a famous composer. It is not clear who taught Domenico music. Perhaps it was Francesco Gasparini, Bernardo Pasquini or even Antonio Vivaldi during his time spent in Venice. Alessandro the father was for a time nominated as director of music at the basilica Santa Maggiore of Rome, and during this period Domenico worked there as his assistant between 1708 and 1709.

While in Rome, Domenico was appointed to the court of the Polish queen Maria Casimira de la Grange d’Anguien, who was at the time in exile there. He wrote a number of vocal works for her, including the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro ovvero La corona disprezzata (1711). In 1713 Domenico was appointed firstly as assistant director of music at the Cappella Giulia of St. Peters in Rome, and subsequently in 1714 as director of music. It is possible that he wrote his ten part Stabat Mater for the Cappella. Notably during the period in which Domenico was working and studying in Rome, he wrote many vocal and orchestral works for both secular and church clients. In addition Domenico seemed to have been a gifted harpsichordist. 

It was in these his younger years that Domenico met and became friends with G. F. Handel who was spending a number of years in Italy. Cardinal Ottoboni encouraged the two musicians to enter into a musical duel with each other, the result of which that Scarlatti was declared the best harpsichordist and Handel the best organist. The two composers had great respect for each other. 

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    1
    Te Deum
     
    05:58
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    2
    Stabat Mater Stabat Mater
     
    02:35
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    3
    Stabat Mater Cyujus animam gementem
     
    03:49
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    4
    Stabat Mater Quis non posset contristari
     
    02:45
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    5
    Stabat Mater Eja Mater, fons amoris
     
    01:59
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    6
    Stabat Mater Sancta Mater, istud agas
     
    02:39
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    7
    From the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro (Ed. Alan Curtis) Duetto Seleuce en Dorisbe: Ma quando mai dovranno
     
    02:43
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    8
    From the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro (Ed. Alan Curtis) Araspe: Rec. Vado en aria Vezzosi lumi
     
    02:43
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    9
    From the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro (Ed. Alan Curtis) Aria Seleuce: Non son le pene mie
     
    03:37
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    10
    Stabat Mater Fac me vere tecum flere
     
    01:19
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    11
    Stabat Mater Juxta crucem
     
    02:16
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    12
    From the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro (Ed. Alan Curtis) Arial Alessandro: Pur sento
     
    04:03
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    13
    From the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro (Ed. Alan Curtis) Duetto Tolomeo en Seleuce: Empia man
     
    02:52
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    14
    From the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro (Ed. Alan Curtis) Tolomeo: Rec. acc. Ma tu, consorte amata
     
    00:48
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    15
    From the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro (Ed. Alan Curtis) Tolomeo: aria Stille amare
     
    03:01
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    16
    Stabat Mater Inflammatus
     
    03:33
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    17
    Stabat Mater Fac ut animae donetur paradisi gloria
     
    03:02
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    Stabat Mater Amen
     
    02:00
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    19
    Laetatus sum Laetatus
     
    09:57
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    20
    Laetatus sum Loquebar
     
    01:21
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    21
    Laetatus sum Gloria Patri (adagio)
     
    03:16

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