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Home » Italian Composers » Alessandro Scarlatti

Alessandro Scarlatti

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Videos from the historically-inspired production of Scarlatti's Tigrane at the 2008 Bloomington Early Music Festival.

Alessandro Scarlatti 2010 - includes online scores of the serenatas La Gloria di Primavera; Partenope, Teti, Nettuno, Proteo e Glauco; Genio di Partenope; Clori, Lidia e Filli; & Venere e Amore

The (Alessandro) Scarlatti Project

L'Opéra Baroque - Operas of Alessandro Scarlatti

Edward Dent, Alessandro Scarlatti, His Life & Works (1905).

Performances

Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Tigrane (Naples 1715). Gilbert Bezzina, Ensemble Baroque de Nice. Historically informed staging by Gilbert Blin. Tomiri: Olga Pasichnyk, soprano; Tigrane: Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, countertenor; Meroe: Yulia van Doren, soprano; Policare: José Lemos, countertenor; Doraspe: Anicio Zorzi Guistiniani, tenor; Dorilla: Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano; Orcone: Douglas Williams, bass. Opéra de Nice, 1, 3, 5 June 2012. Details. Académie Desprez. Video of curtain calls.

Recent Recordings

Alessandro Scarlatti. Fascinazione Arcadia. Solo Musica SM 212 (1 CD, October 2014). Anne Schmid, contralto. Die Freitagsakademie. UK | FR | DE | CA
Gaetano Veneziano, Alessandro Scarlatti. Christmas in Naples. Pan Classics (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Andrea Friggi, Ensemble Odyssee. Jenny Högström, soprano; Filippo Mineccia, countertenor; Kevin Skelton, tenor; Marc Pantus, bass. UK | FR | DE
Alessandro Scarlatti. La Sposa dei Cantici (1703). Sono Luminus, forthcoming. Details. Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica. Sposa: Meghan Lindsay, soprano; Sposo: John Holiday, countertenor; Amor Divino: Jay Carter, countertenor; Eternità: Ryland Angel, countertenor. Performed as part of the Houston Early Music Festival: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8 pm, Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston.
Alessandro Scarlatti. Rosinda ed Emireno - Arias and Duets from the Opera "L'Emireno". Pan Classics (1 CD, May 2014). Alice Borciani, soprano; Alex Potter, countertenor. Daniela Dolci, Musica Fiorita. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Alto Cantatas. Brilliant Classics (1 CD, May 2014). Gabriella Martellacci, contralto. Giorgio Sasso, Insieme Strumentale di Roma. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Clori, ninfa e amante - Arias & Cantatas. Stradivarius STR 33910 (1 CD, October 2013). Details. Fusco Renata, soprano. Micheli Lorenzo, Mela Matteo, Lonardi Massimo, lutes & guitars. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Carlo, rè d'Alemagna (Naples 1716). Agogique (3 CDs, November 2013). Fabio Biondi, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (modern instruments). Guiditta: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Gildippe: Marina de Liso, mezzo-soprano; Adalgiso: Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano; Lotario: Romina Basso contralto; Asparando: José Maria del Monaco, mezzo-soprano; Amilla: Damian Pinti, countertenor; Berardo: Carlo Vincenzo Allemano, tenor; Bleso: Roberto Abbondanza, bass. Review by Carlo Vitale of a 2003 performance. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel. Dixit Dominus. Avie (1 CD, May 2013). Owen Rees, Choir of The Queens College Oxford, The Brook Street Band. Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano; Esther Brazil, mezzo-soprano; Sally Bruce-Payne, mezzo-soprano; Guy Cutting, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass. Violet Greene's conclusion in her review in EMR 155:50: "A disc of unusually high caliber." US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Profano e Sacro - The music of Alessandro Scarlatti. Avanti 5414706 10442 (1 CD, February 2013). Details / Video. Dominque Corbiau, countertenor. Michel Keustermans, La Cetra d'Orfeo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Ardo è ver - Cantate e Sonate con il Flauto. Stradivarius STR 33922 (1 CD, July 2012). Details. Valentina Varriale, soprano; Tommaso Rossi, recorder. Ensemble Barocco di Napoli. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Vespro della Beata Vergine. Rondeau (1 CD, June 2012). Frank Markowitsch, Vokalakademie Berlin. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. L'Olimpia, L'Arianna, Su le sponde del Tebro. cpo (1 CD, May 2012). Adriana Fernández, soprano. Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Leonardo Vinci (1690-1730). Fileno - Soprano Cantatas. Pan Classics PC 10266 (1 CD, April 2012). Emanuela Galli, soprano; Francesca Cassinari, soprano. Stefano Aresi, Stile Galante. Includes "Fille, tu parti", a cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti formerly attributed to Vinci. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti, Bagio, Cavalli, Strozzi, Faggioli, Falconieri, Marini, Monteverdi. Ferveur et Extase. Ambronay (1 CD, October 2011). Stéphanie d'Oustrac, mezzo-soprano. Héloïse Gaillard, Amarillus. Includes fragments from Scarlatti's La Didone delirante. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Penelope La Casta (Naples 1696). Forthcoming. Details (pdf). Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney. Penelope: Dorothee Mields, soprano; Ulisse: Kobie van Rensburg, tenor; Elvida: Cécile van de Sant, mezzo-soprano; Lutezio: Owen Willetts, countertenor; Gismondo: Yosemeh Adjei, countertenor; Orimante: James Elliott, tenor; Gildo: Florian Götz, baritone; Arienne: Bele Kumberger, soprano; Matteo Sassano: Henning Kaiser, tenor.
Alessandro Scarlatti. Didone delirante (Naples 1696). Forthcoming. Details. Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney. Enea: Anne Dietzmann, mezzo-soprano; Acate: Anne Schneider, soprano; Didone: Olivia Vermeulen, mezzo-soprano; Anna: Katharina Boschmann, soprano; Frullo: Matthias Vieweg, bass; Creuso: Yosemeh Adjel, countertenor; Sicambre: Susanne Langbein, soprano.
Alessandro Scarlatti. Venere, Amore e Ragione (Serenata, Rome 1706). La Bottega Discantica BDI 209 (1 CD, June 2011). Details. Piero Cartosio, Orchestra Barocca Les Eléments. Venere: Veronica Lima, soprano; Amore: Gabriella Costa, soprano; Ragione: Elena Biscuola, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Monteverdi, Bencini, Melani, Soler, Alessandro Scarlatti, Carissimi, Stravinsky. Per la Vergine Maria. Naïve Opus 111 OP 30505 (1 CD, May 2011). Details. Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano. Includes Scarlatti's Salve Regina a 4 voci. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Opera Arias. dhm 88697842162 (1 CD, April 2011). Details. Daniela Barcellona, contralto. Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de'Cavalieri. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Serenata a Filli Il Sole, Urania e Clio. Glossa GCD 921511 (1 CD, April 2011). Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza. Emanuela Galli, soprano; Yetzabel Arias Fernández, soprano; Martín Oro, countertenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Primo Uomo - Arias for Nicolini. dhm 88697816252 (1 CD, March 2011). Details. Dmitry Egorov, countertenor. Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt. Excerpts from Scarlatti's Tigrane & La caduta de' decemviri and Handel's Rinaldo & Amadigi, plus ballet music from Ariodante. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
G.B. & A.M. Bononcini, Alessandro Scarlatti, Caldara, Broschi, Matteis. Colori D'Amore - Opera Arias. Sony 88697789202 (1 CD, October 2010). Details. Simone Kermes, soprano. Claudio Osele, Le Musiche Nove. Includes "Ombra mai fu" from G.B. Bononcini's Serse (video), which Handel borrowed and modified, & Caldara's Per combatter (video). Outstanding recording! This is one my favorite collections of arias. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Deluxe edition? US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Lamentazioni per la Settimana Santa. Symphonia SY92D17 (2 CDs, 1993). Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora. Cristina Miatello, soprano; Gianpolo Fagotto, tenor. Outstanding recording! I'm glad it's being reissued on a label with better distribution than Symphonia. There is no overlap with Gester's 1993 disk of Scarlatti Lamentazioni. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Reissued on Glossa GCD 921205 (February 2011). Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Nisi Dominus / Salve Regina. cpo 777 476-2 (1 CD, September 2010). Marcello di Lisa, Concerto de'Cavalieri. Gemma Bertagnolli, soprano; Adriana Fernández, soprano; Sara Mingardo, contralto; Martín Oro, countertenor; Furio Zanasi, baritone; Antonio Abete, bass. This is a fine recording that I highly recommend. Some works sounded familiar, but I haven't checked for overlap with the McGegan and Lesne recordings, which are also quite worthwhile. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Vespro della Beata Vergine for five voices and basso continuo. Atma (1 CD, May 2010). Harry van der Kamp, Nederlands Kamerkoor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Complete Keyboard Works, vol. 2. Atma (2 CDs, May 2010). Alexander Weimann, organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Vol. 1. Toccatas. Atma ACD 22321 (1 CD, 2005). Alexander Weimann, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. San Filippo Neri (1705). Brilliant Classics 94037 (2 CDs, April 2010.) Details. Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort. Carità: Rosita Frisani, soprano; Fede: Marco Lazzara, countertenor; Speranza: Manuela Custer, mezzo-soprano; San Fillippo: Mario Nuvoli, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Cantatas & Chamber Music. Chandos Chaconne 0768 (1 CD, April 2010). Clara Rottsolk, soprano. Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players. "Quella pace gradita", "Non sò qual più m'ingombra" (Cantata pastorale), "Bella dama di nome Santa", Concerto IX. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti & Francesco Durante. Umana e inumana: Cantatas. Arion (1 CD, March 2010). Jay Bernfeld, Fuoco e Cenere. Isabelle Poulenard, soprano; Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Opera omnia for keyboard - vol. III. Tactus TC 661913 (1 CD, March 2010). Details. Francesco Tasini, organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Leo, Pegolesi, Scarlatti. Sacred Music from Naples. dhm 88697539442 (1 CD, February 2010). Details. Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo-soprano; Catherine Jones, cello. This is one of my favorite recordings of 2010. It includes 2 Salve Reginas by Leo, 2 by Pergolesi, 1 by Scarlatti, and a cello concerto by Leo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Cantatas. Naxos Germany 8.551283 (1 CD, December 2009). Details. Susanna Crespo Held, soprano. Musica Poëtica. Io son pur solo; Il Rossignuolo; Sento nel core; No marirei contento; Lascia, deh, lasica. Booklet in German and Italian only. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Davidis pugna et victoria. Hyperion CDA 67714 (1 CD, October 2009). Details. Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis. David: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Jonatha: Robin Johannsen, soprano; Saul: Martín Oro, countertenor; Testo: Fredrik Akselberg, tenor; Golia: Antonio Abete, bass. Scarlatti's only surviving Latin oratorio. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Pastor di Corinto (Favola pastorale, Naples 1701). Bongiovanni AB 20013 (1 DVD, March 2009). Details. Lorenzo Tozzi, Romabarocca Ensemble. Clori: Bruna Tredicine, soprano; Silvio: Caterina Novak, mezzo-soprano; Niso: Cristina Cappellini, soprano; Melisso: Carlo Putelli, tenor; Serpilla: Roberta De Nicola, soprano; Serpollo: Massimo Di Stefano, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Intermezzi: Pericca e Varrone / Leonzio ed Eurilla. Hungaroton HCD 32563 (1 CD, March 2009). Details. Pál Németh, Savaria Baroque Orchestra. Bernadett Wiedemann, mezzo-soprano; László Jekl, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Giuditta (second setting, 1697, the "Cambridge Giuditta"). Dynamic CDS 596 (1 CD, March 2009). Details. Gilbert Bezzina, Ensemble Baroque de Nice. Giuditta: Sophie Landy, soprano; Oloferne: Carl Ghazarossian, bass; Nurse: Raphaël Pichon, countertenor. I only know of one previous recording, by Velardi on Bongiovanni. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Euridice dall'Inferno (1699) / La concettione della Beata Vergine (Rome 1703). Naxos 8.570950 (1 CD, March 2009). Details. Libretto (pdf). Ars Lyrica Houston. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Venere, Adone e Amore: Serenatas & Cantatas. ABC Classics 476 617-0 (3 CDs, December 2007). Details. Rosalind Halton, Chacona. Jane Edwards, soprano; Miriam Allan, soprano; Vivien Hamilton, soprano; Tessa Miller, soprano; James Sanderson, countertenor. The second & third CDs are a reissue of the 2-CD set "Olimpia - Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti", ABC Classics 461 687-2 (2000). US | UK | FR | DE | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti & Pergolesi. Masses. Naïve / Opus 111 OP 30461 (1 CD, October 2008). Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano. Scarlatti, Messa per il Santissimo Natale (1707); Pergolesi, Messa Romana "di S. Emidio" (1734). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia (1708). cpo 777 258-2 (2 CDs, April 2008). Previously released on Classic Voice TVO 046 (2003, 2000). Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti. Cecilia: Nancy Argenta, soprano; Nutrice: Marinella Pennicchi, soprano; Almachin: Bernhard Landauer, countertenor; Il suo Consigliere: Marco Beasley, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Concertos pour flûte. Atma ACD22521 (1 CD, November 2007). Details. Francis Copron, Les Boréades. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Opera omnia per tastiera, Vol. 1. Tactus TC 661811 (1 CD, September 2007). Details. Francesco Tasini, anonymous 18th Century Italian harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Sinfonie da concerto grosso, parte prima (I-VI) & Concerto per flauto e b.c. Tactus TC 661906 (1 CD, September 2007). Details. Enrico Casazza, Accademia della Magnifica Comunità. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Pergolesi & Alessandro Scarlatti. Stabat Mater. Proprius PRSACD 2040 (1 CD, July 2007). Suzanne Rydén, soprano; Mikael Bellini, countertenor. Stockholm Baroque Orchestra. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Magnificat / Dixit Dominus / Madrigali. Naïve / Opus 111 OP 30350 (1 CD, April 2007). Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano. Anna Simboli, soprano; Elisabetta Tiso, soprano; Paolo Costa, countertenor; Gianluca Ferrarini, tenor; Sergio Foresti, bass. Polyphonic music for voices and continuo, of which the Magnificat is the finest work. Four settings of Dixit Dominus by Alessandro Scarlatti are known. This is different from the one recorded by Pinnock in 1988. 5 of the 7 madrigals recorded by Rooley are on this CD. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Martirio di Sant'Orsola (Rome c.1695-1700). Ligia Digital LiDi 0202176-07 (1 CD, January 2007). Details. Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu. Orsola: Stéphanie Révidat, soprano; Florida: Marina Venant, soprano; Giesù: Jean-Paul Bonnevalle, countertenor; Ereo: François Roche, tenor; Giulio Tiranno: Benoît Arnould, bass. This is one of the finest recordings of a Scarlatti oratorio to date. The difficult trumpet aria for bass "Al suon delle trombe" is skillfully performed by Philippe Genestier. No English translations included. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Cantatas for Bass & Obbligato Instruments. Hungaroton HCD 32456 (1 CD, January 2007). Details. Péter Fried, bass. Pál Németh, Savaria Baroque Orchestra. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Totus Amore. Deux-Elles DXL1054 (1 CD, August 2006). Details. Ryland Angel, countertenor. Patrick Cohën-Akenine, Les Folies Françoises. Includes works by Bassani, Corelli, and Stradella. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Inferno: Cantate drammatiche. cpo 777 141-2 (1 CD, May 2006). Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo. Elisabeth Scholl, soprano. Clifford Bartlett wrote in Early Music Review 114:36 (August 2006): "This is definitely the best Scarlatti recording I've heard. The singing is accurate, in tune, spirited, musical and utterly delightful, and doesn't get out of scale, despite the dramatic nature of the music . . . . There is also some incredibly beautiful playing . . . . . The excellent booklet notes are by Elisabeth Scholl herself, who also translated them into English, translated the texts into German and English, and edited the music." US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Con Voce Festiva (Cantatas). Ligia Digital LiDi 0202167-06 (1 CD, April 2006). Jean-Marc Andrieu, Les Passions Orchestre Baroque de Montauban. Isabelle Poulenard, soprano; Serge Tizac, trumpet. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Polyphonic Music of the Scarlatti Family. Etcetera KTC 1298 (1 CD, February 2006). Alessandro Scarlatti, Salve Regina Op. 2 No. 10; Domenico Scarlatti, Missa Quatuor Vocum (di Madrid) & Magnificat anima mea; Francesco Scarlatti, Miserere mei Deus. Details. Florian Heyerick, Ex Tempore. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. La Giuditta. (Naples 1693). Ambronay AMY003 (1 CD, January 2006.) NewOlde.com 2006 Best 17th Century Oratorio CD Award. Martin Gester, Le Parlement de Musique. Giuditta: Celine Ricci, soprano; Ozias: Adriana Fernández, soprano; Oloferne: Martín Oro, countertenor; Achiore: Vincenzo Di Donato, tenor; Sacerdote: Bruno Rostand, bass. Excellent recording of the oratorio that Scarlatti considered to be his best. Clearly superior to the earlier recording by McGegan on Hungaroton. Scarlatti's "Cambridge" Giuditta, recorded by Velardi and Comparone (modern instruments), is a different oratorio for three voices. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti, Stabat Mater / Concerto for Recorder XXI. Atma ACD2 2237 (1 CD, October 2005). Details. Theatre of Early Music. Emma Kirkby, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor. Francis Colpron, recorder. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Handel, Lotti, Albinoni, Porpora & Alessandro Scarlatti. Arias for Senesino. Decca 4756569 (1 CD, September 2005). Andreas Scholl, countertenor. Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti, Caldara & Handel. Opera Prohibita. Decca 4756924 (1 CD, September 2005). Details. Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano. Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Messa per il SS.mo Natale (1707). Stradivarius 33646 (1 CD, March 2005.) Michele Gasbarro, I Musici di Santa Pelagia, Ensemble Vocale "Festina Lente". US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Disperato Amore. Analekta AN 2 9904 (1 CD 2005). Matthew White, countertenor. Les Voix Baroques. Cantatas "Ombre tacite e sole"; "Bella quanto crudel spietata Irene"; "Non so qual più m'ingombra"; Motet Infirmata; & two sonatas. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Pergolesi, Stabat Mater, Alessandro Scarlatti, Salve Regina. & Vivaldi, Sinfonia & Sonata. Studio SM D3015 (1 CD 2004). Details. Rémy Fombon, Le Collegium Baroque. Paul Laumont, sopranist; Benoît Petit, countertenor. DE | FR
Alessandro Scarlatti. Cecilian Vespers. Avie AV 0048 (2 CDs, November 2004). Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Susanne Rydén & Dominique Labelle, sopranos; Ryland Angel, countertenor; Michael Slattery, tenor; Neal Davies, bass. Also includes a Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina & Audi filia. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Francesco Scarlatti (1666-c.1741). Miserere Mei, Dixit Dominus, Mass. Deux-Elles DXL 1096 (1 CD, June 2004). A younger brother of Alessandro, who wound up in Dublin. Christopher Monks, Armonico Consort & Concerto Gallese Baroque Orchestra. Emma Kirkby, soprano. US | UK | DE | FR | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Oratorio Per La Santissima Trinità ovvero Fede, Teologia, Amor divino, Infedeltà e Tempo (1715). Virgin 7254 5 45666 2 2 (1 CD, June 2004.) Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante. Fede: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Amor Divino: Véronique Gens, soprano; Teologia: Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano; Infedeltà: Paul Agnew, tenor; Tempo: Roberto Abbandanza, bass. Outstanding performance and recording! I don't have Velardi's 2-CD version, but have been advised it contains the same music performed much slower -- 83'49 versus Biondi's 67'27. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Reissued in 2010. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Colpa, Pentimento e Grazia (1708). Harmonia Mundi Ibérica HMI 98745/46 (2 CDs, March 2004). Live recording by JDN at the Ayamonte Festival, August 2003. Eduardo López Banzo, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. Grazia: María Espada, soprano; Colpa: Lola Casariego, mezzo-soprano; Pentimento: Martín Oro, countertenor. This is an outstanding oratorio, possibly Scarlatti's finest, and a superb performance and recording that I highly recommend. I haven't heard the earlier recording by Michael Schneider & La Stagione Frankfurt on Capriccio 10411/12, but here is a radio broadcast of a fine performance by Schneider with Invernizzi from the 2008 Halle Handel Festival. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Giardino di Rose: Sinfonie & Concerti. Decca 470 650-2 (1 CD 2004). Details. Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina. Reconstructed harpsichord concerti and other works. SACD: UK | DE | FR || CD: US | FR | DE | CA
Alessandro Scarlatti. Agar et Ismaele Esiliati (1683). Centaur 2664 (1 CD 2004). Byron Schenkman, Seattle Baroque. Melissa Fogarty, Karina Gauvin, Jennifer Lane, Nathaniel Watson. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Arcadia. Decca 4702962 (US: B0001808-02) (1 CD 2003). Bendetto Marcello, Quando penso agl'affani; Francesco Gasparini, Destati, Lidia mia; Ecco, che alfin ritorno; Bernardo Pasquini, Navicella, ove ten vai; Sinfonia a quattro; Arcangelo Corelli, Concertino a 7; Alessandro Scarlatti, Ferma omai, fugace e bella. Andreas Scholl, countertenor. Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina. Superb recording of previously unknown pastoral cantatas, the most elaborate of which is by Marcello. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Griselda (Rome 1721). Harmonia Mundi HMC 801805/07 (3 SACDs) & HMC 901805/07 (3 CDs), September 2003. René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Griselda: Dorothea Röschmann, soprano; Costanza: Verónica Cangemi, soprano; Gualtiero: Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor; Ottone: Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano; Roberto: Silvia Tro Santafé, contralto; Corrado: Kobie van Rensburg, tenor. Scarlatti's last surviving opera, and according to Daniel Heartz, his best. Hasse copied several arias and attempted to smooth out the phrasing and simplify the harmony. (Reproduced in Strohm 1975). The all-male cast at the first known public performance included the famous castrati Bernacchi (as Gualtiero) and Carestini, for whom Scarlatti extensively revised and expanded Costanza's music. Reviewed by Anthony Hicks in Early Music Review 96:18-19 (December 2003): "Jacobs' general respect for Scarlatti's score here is in marked contrast to his recent treatment of Handel's Rinaldo. . . . There are several cuts, including nine of the arias in the main text of Donald Grout's Harvard edition and a good deal of recitative, but these are excusable, given the exceptional length of the opera, and Jacobs adds back two items deleted by Scarlatti before performance, an orchestral movement and Corrado's aria 'Non lasciar' in Act I, the latter being well worth rescuing."

This is a great opera, and IHMO, the finest work by Alessandro Scarlatti yet recorded. With the singers and players engaged, it could have been a A+ production. But it isn't, because of René Jacobs, who does his best to turn everything he touches into a German passion oratorio. The non-historic organ continuo added by Jacobs in the majority of movements overpowers arias and slows down recitative. Who else but Jacobs would insert an organ into an aria starting with "Agitato" and marked Vivace? I disagree with Anthony Hicks that Jacobs' numerous cuts were "excusable". With only 3 hours of music on 3 CDs, there was an hour of unused space -- plenty of room for a complete performance. Jacobs reduces Act III to a fragment of less than 43 minutes, dominated by ponderous recitative. As usual, HM failed to include a full libretto, covering up Jacobs' undisclosed cuts but depriving the few customers interested in the text of an unadulterated version. At least when Jacobs butchers popular works, such as Handel's Rinaldo and Saul, one can turn to the superior, historically-inspired alternatives. Unfortunately, there is no alternative for Scarlatti's Griselda. Furthermore, the engineers botched the sound balance, making the singers too loud. CDs: US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP || SACDs: US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Complete score, notes and English translation: The Operas of Alessandro Scarlatti: Vol. 3, Griselda. Donald Jay Grout (ed.). Harvard University Press, 1975. 290 pages. Includes in an appendix movements that were cancelled or replaced prior to performance. Unfortunately, the Italian libretti are not published separate from the music in Harvard's excellent series of Scarlatti opera scores. US | UK

Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Trionfo dell'Onestá; Venere e Amore. (2 serenatas). Details. Hungaroton HCD 32101 (1 CD 2003). Pál Németh, Savaria Baroque Orchestra. Onestà / Venere: Mónika González, soprano; Cupido / Amore: Andrea Ulbrich, mezzo-soprano. Anna Januj, recorder (Venere e Amore). US UK | DE | FR | CA
Alessandro Scarlatti. Oratorio Per La Santissima Trinità ovvero Fede, Teologia, Amor divino, Infedeltà e Tempo (1715). Bongiovanni GB 2344/45-2 (2 CDs, 2003). Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort. Fede: Linda Campanella, soprano; Teologia: Silvia Bossa soprano; Amor Divino: Gianluca Belfiori Doro, contralto; Infedeltà: Mario Cecchetti, tenor; Tempo: Carlo Lepore, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Dolore di Maria Vergine (1717). Bongiovanni GB 2324/25-2 (2 CDs + CD-ROM containing facsimile score, 2003). Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort. Maria: Rosita Frisani; Nicodemo: Gianluca Belfiori Doro; San Giovanni: Anna Chierichetti; Onia: Mario Cecchetti. Favorably reviewed by David J. Levy in Early Music Review 89: 15-16 (April 2003). I disagree. As usual, it's a very slow performance. New for Velardi is the obnoxious, strumming guitar that spoils many arias. The Spinosi plague obviously has spread to Italy. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Alessandro Scarlatti. Intermezzi fra Palandrana vecchia vedova e Zamberlucco giovine da bravo. Tactus TC 661908 (1 CD, 2002). Roberto Cascio, Fortuna Ensemble. Barbara di Castri, Gastone Sarti. UK | FR | DE
Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Giardino d'Amore. Bongiovanni GB 2327 (1 CD, 2002). Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort. Rosita Frisani, Amor Lillia Perez. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Alessandro Scarlatti. Sedecia, Rè di Gerusalemme (1706). Virgin Veritas 7243 5 45444 2 1 (2 CDs 2001). Sedecia: Gérard Lesne, countertenor & director, Il Seminario Musicale. Anna: Virginie Pochon, soprano; Ismaele: Philippe Jaroussky, sopranist; Nabucco: Peter Harvey, bass; Nadabbe: Mark Padmore, tenor. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Alessandro Scarlatti. Sedecia, Rè di Gerusalemme (1706). Bongiovanni GB 2278 (2 CDs, 2001). Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort, Ars Cantica Choir. Sedecia: Amor Lillia Perez; Anna: Alessandra Capici; Ismale: Rosita Frisani; Nadabbe: Mario Cecchetti; Nabucco: Marco Vinco. US | UK | DE | FR
Alessandro Scarlatti. Bella madre dei fiori - Cantatas. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901725. (1 CD 2001). Maria Cristina Kiehr, Jean-Marc Aymes, Concerto Soave. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Alessandro Scarlatti. San Casimiro, Rè di Polonia. Acte Préalable AP0025 (1 CD 2000). Details. Jerzy Żak, lute and conductor. Regio Fasto: Olga Pasiecznik, soprano; Amor Profano: Jacek Laszczkowski, sopranist; Castità: Anna Mikołajczyk, soprano; Umilità: Marcin Ciszewski, countertenor; San Casimiro: Krzysztof Szmyt, tenor. Basso ripieno: Jaroslaw Brek. US | UK | DE | FR

Recommended Recordings

Pergolesi & Alessandro Scarlatti. Stabat Mater. Opus 111 OPS 30160 (1 CD 1999). Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano. Gemma Bertagnolli, soprano; Sara Mingardo, contralto. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued in 2007 on Naïve Voix Baroque OP30441. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti. Stabat Mater. Virgin Veritas 7243 5 45366-2. (1 CD 1999). Gérard Lesne, Sandrine Piau, Jean-François Novelli, Il Seminario Musicale. Also includes a Salve Regina and Quae est ista. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Toccate per cembalo, including variations on La Folia. Arcana A3 (1 CD, 1992). Rinaldo Alessandrini playing an historic Italian harpsichord. UK | DE | FR | JP

Reissued on A323 in November 2004:  DE | FR

Alessandro Scarlatti. Cantata per la Notte di Natale: Abramo, il tuo sembiante. Opus 111 OPS 30-156 (1 CD 1996). Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano. Daniele: Rossana Bertini, soprano; Exechiele: Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano; Geremia: Claudio Cavina, countertenor; Isaia: Sandro Naglia, tenor; Abramo: Sergio Foresti, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Humanità e Lucifero (1704) & La Maddelena. Reissued as a 2-CD set on Naïve-Opus 111 têteàtête OP 20013 (2003). Details below. The têteàtête reissues lack texts, and Naïve has falsely represented for more than 4 years that the original brochures are available online. One correspondent reports that in response to his request, Naïve sent him photocopies of the missing booklets. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Alessandro Scarlatti. Humanità e Lucifero (1704). Plus two trio sonatas by Corelli. Opus 111 OPS 30-129 (1 CD 1996). Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante. Rossana Bertini, Massimo Crispi. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Reissued May 2010: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. La Maddalena. Opus 111 OPS 30-96 (1 CD 1993). Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante. Penitenza: Gloria Banditelli; Gioventù: Rossana Bertini; Maddalena: Silvia Piccollo. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Davidis Pugna et Victoria (1700). Agorà AG 249 (1 CD, 2000). Giovanni Battista Columbro, Cappella Palatina. Textus: Giorgio Erle, tenor; Saul: Paola Reggiani, contralto; Jonatha: Patrizia Mora, soprano; David: Annamaria Calciolari, soprano; Goliat: Sergio Foresti, bass. Coro della Schola S. Rocco, Francesco Erle, Maestro del Coro. US | UK | DE | FR
Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Primo Omicidio (Cain). Harmonia Mundi HMC 901649/50 (2 CDs 1998). René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Graciela Oddone, Dorothea Röschmann, Bernarda Fink, Richard Croft, Antonio Abete. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Alessandro Scarlatti. Cantates. Virgin VC 5451262 (1 CD 1996). Gérard Lesne, countertenor & director, Il Seminario Musicale. Sandrine Piau, soprano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Reissued in a 2-CD set with Lesne's 1994 disk of Scarlatti Motets. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Reissued in a 2-CD set (VBD 5618032) with Lesne's 1991 disk of Handel cantatas: US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued as part of a 4-CD set with Lesne's Handel, Caldara & Bononcini disks. Virgin 4 Pleasure 5622472 (2003). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti. Motets. Virgin 7243 5 45103 2 8 (1 CD, 1994). Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale. Véronique Gens, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Lamentazioni per la Settimana Santa. Opus 111 (1 CD, 1993). Martin Gester, Le Parlement de Musique. There is no overlap with Gatti's fine recording of Scarlatti Lamentazioni. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Reissued in 2000 on OPS 2028. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Cain overo Il Primo Omicidio. Opus 111 OPS 30-75/76 (2 CDs 1993). Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano. Gloria Banditelli, Cristina Miatello, Claudio Cavina, Gain Paolo Fagotto, Maurizio Naddeo, Marinella Pennicchi. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Alessandro & Domenico Scarlatti. Cantates et Sonates. Lyrinx LYR CD 062 (1 CD 1986). Paulo Abel do Nascimento, sopranist. Jean-Michel Hasler, harpsichord; Philippe Foulon, cello. A. Scarlatti: Speranze mie, Elitropio d'amor, Io morirei contento, Fermate omai fermate, plus 2 cello sonatas. D. Scarlatti: Selve, caverne e monti, Ah! Sei troppo infelice. US | UK | FR | CA
Vivaldi, Gloria RV 589 & Alessandro Scarlatti, Dixit Dominus. DG-Archiv 423 386-2 (1 CD 1988). Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert. Nancy Argenta & Ingrid Attrot, sopranos; Catherine Denley, contralto; Ashley Stafford, countertenor; Stephen Varoce, bass. From the notes by Michael Talbot: "Scarlatti composed four different settings of the Dixit Dominus.... The present setting is the least well known of them, surviving only in a manuscript copy at the Milan Conservatory." Talbot believes that it was a late composition written for Rome. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alessandro Scarlatti. Cantatas. dhm. Volumes 1-4 issued thus far. Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy. Vol. 1: Christine Brandes. Vol. 2: David Daniels. Vol 3: Brian Asawa. Vol. 4: Dominique Labelle and Christine Brandes. (Interview by David Vickers David v.R. Bowles on gfhandel.org.)

Other Recordings

Alessandro Scarlatti. Il Giardino d'Amore. Accord 200 082 (1 CD 1988). Review (in Italian). René Clemencic, Clemencic Consort. Venere: Derek Lee Ragin, countertenor; Adone: Lina Maria Akerlund, soprano. DE | FR

Reissued on Accord Baroque 465 943-2 (2001): US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti. Passio Secundum Ioannem. dhm 1C 069-99 927 (1 LP, 1982). Reissued on GD 77111 (1 CD 1990). Fritz Näf, Die Basler Madrigalisten, Schola Cantorem Basiliensis. Testo: René Jacobs, countertenor; Christus: Kurt Widner, bass; Pilatus: Graham Pushee, countertenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Reissued as Passion selon Saint Jean on dhm Splendeurs 82876683492 (2005). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Reissued in 2008. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Books

Roberto Pagano, translated by Frederick Hammond. Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti: Two Lives in One. Details. Pendragon Press 2007.US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Donald Jay Grout. Alessandro Scarlatti: An Introduction to His Operas. 154 pages. University of California Press, 1979. US | UK
Carl Morey. The Late Operas of Alessandro Scarlatti. Ph.D. Thesis, Indiana University 1965. 311 pages. Possibly available from UMI.

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