Alessandro Scarlatti - Con eco d'amore (2015)

Scarlatti

The English Concert, Elizabeth Watts, Laurence Cummings

It’s dashing Domenico – composer of so many finger-pleasing harpsichord sonatas – that we all know today. But back in the eighteenth century it was his father who was the famous one. Alessandro was born in Palermo in 1660, trained in Rome and spent much of his life in Naples as maestro di cappella to the Spanish Viceroy. Though he wrote comparatively little instrumental music, his extraordinary productivity as a composer of vocal music outstripped even Vivaldi: leaving us with hundreds of motets, at least six-hundred cantatas and around thirty oratorios. But Alessandro’s main business was conducted in the theatre. He kept meticulous count of his operas, and when he finally retired in 1721 he claimed to have penned well over a hundred of them.
‘Figlio! Tiranno!’ was one of the highlights of Scarlatti’s last opera Griselda, first performed at Rome’s Teatro Capranica in January 1721. We join the opera at a moment of high tension. Ottone has threatened to kill Griselda’s child before her eyes unless she submits to his desires. In her aria Griselda is so choked with emotion that in the first section she can only manage to sing short, declamatory phrases punctuated by pregnant pauses as she glances despairingly at her child and Ottone. Scarlatti brilliantly organizes these melodic snatches into a coherent whole which is given impetus and dramatic momentum by the nervy scrubbing of the strings in the background.

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The English Concert

The English Concert was founded by Trevor Pinnock in 1973 and is among the world’s leading early music ensembles. Under Andrew Manze’s direction, the orchestra has added annual appearances in the USA to its worldwide touring schedule and is expanding its recording plans with harmonia mundi usa.

Elizabeth Watts

With a voice described by International Record Review as "one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation" Elizabeth Watts has established herself as "one of the brightest new talents" (The Independent). Her debut recording of Schubert Lieder for  SONY Red Seal, a Gramophone magazine’s ‘Editor's Choice’, was hailed for its "milky timbre & interpretative maturity" (FT) "technical mastery" (Gramophone) and "radiant delivery" (BBC Music).  She has also released a disc of Bach Cantatas for Harmonia Mundi and most recently a disc of Strauss Songs for Hyperion, both to critical acclaim. Forthcoming recordings include CPE Bach’s Magnificat and JS Bach’s St John Passion.
Elizabeth was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and studied archaeology at Sheffield University, before attending the Royal College of Music. She was selected by YCAT in 2004, won the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Prize, the 2007 Outstanding Young Artist Award at the Cannes "MIDEM Classique Awards" and gained international recognition at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, winning the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize. From 2005- 2007 she was a member of English National Opera’s Young Singers Programme, where she appeared as Papagena Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina Figaro, Music and Hope in Monteverdi L’Orfeo and in Purcell King Arthur. She currently is an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, London and the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

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Alessandro Scarlatti - Con eco d'amore (2015)

Scarlatti

The English Concert, Elizabeth Watts, Laurence Cummings

    The Arts Desk for The English Concert

"Best Classical Albums of 2015" Award. This recital album collects soprano arias by his Domenico Scarlatti’s father Alessandro, who composed 600 cantatas, 30 oratorios, and over 100 operas during a 40-year career. Soprano Elizabeth Watts and director Laurence Cummings give us a dazzling sequence of numbers. Her voice is thrilling at full pelt: brassy enough to make your windows rattle, but sensitive and seductive in the quieter moments. There’s some glorious, athletic trumpet playing from Mark Bennett, and the whole anthology fizzes with theatrical energy.

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Alessandro Scarlatti - Con eco d'amore (2015)

Scarlatti

The English Concert, Elizabeth Watts, Laurence Cummings

Producer: Brad Michel
Recording Engineer: Brad Michel, Matthew Bennett
Recording location: All Hallows' Church, gospel Oak London
Recording Software: Merging
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Griselda - Figlio! Tiranno! O Dio!
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Endimione e Cintia - Aria Se geloso é il mio core
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Non so qual più m'ingombra - Aria Nacque, col Gran Messia
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Eraclea - Aria A questo nuovo affanno
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La Santissima Vergine del Rosario - Aria Mentr'io godo in dolce oblio
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Correa Nel Seno Amato - Aria Ombre opache
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Erminia - Recitativo Qui, dove al germogliar
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Erminia - Aria Torbido, irato, e nero
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Aria Con voce festiva
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Mitridate Eupatore - Recitativo O vane speme! - Aria Cara tomba del mio diletto
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Tigrane - Aria Sussurrando il venticello
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Scipione nelle Spagne - Aria Ergiti, Amor, su i vanni
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Mitridate Eupatore - Aria Esci omai
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Mitridate Eupatore - Aria Dolce stimolo al tuo bel cor
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Venere, Amore e Ragione - Aria D'amor l'accesa face
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. La Statira - Aria Io non son di quei campioni
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A battaglia, pensieri - Sinfonia - Aria A battaglia, pensieri
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