Scarlatti

Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)

Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 653 Mb | Total time: 71:00+68:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 459 454-2 | Recorded: 1967, 1972, 1975

The Stabat Mater is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. Its author may be either the Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi or Pope Innocent III. The title comes from its first line, Stabat Mater dolorosa, which means "the sorrowful mother was standing". The hymn is sung at the liturgy on the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Stabat Mater has been set to music by many Western composers.
George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schutz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 74, 78, 80

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.
-Terry Barfoot
Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Scarlatti: Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia (2008)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Scarlatti: Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 505 Mb | Total time: 108:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 258-2 | Recorded: 2000

Until recently all traces of Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio Il martirio di Santa Cecilia had been lost. Discovered in the manuscript collection of the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Cologny, near Geneva, this oratorio which had been undiscovered for decades was immediately performed in Zurich. Karl Böhmer (the booklet author) and Oliver Mattern produced the first modern edition of the work. The interpreters on that occasion are again featured on the present recording. This sacred tragedy could rightly be termed one of the most dramatic and mature oratorios of the Roman baroque. Although there are no choruses, the action is portrayed with long recitative dialogues between the protagonists, and the music’s strongest moments come when the recitatives go over into expressive accompagnati, widely ranging ariosi, and affective arias. Like all of Scarlatti’s gloomy, fatalistic oratorios, this work culminates in bloody scenes of murder and martyrdom.
Pierre Hantaï - Scarlatti: Sonatas, Vol. 5 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Pierre Hantaï - Scarlatti: Sonatas, Vol. 5 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 78:14 minutes | 1.64 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Viewed from a distance, the corpus of the ‘555’ keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti seem like a juggernaut as improbable as it is unsettling. Its dimensions impress, its nature intrigues. Virtually all of these sonatas, written throughout the composer’s life, employ the same mould: a single movement in binary form, very occasionally differentiated from its fellows by the name of a dance or an indication of affect, never by a title.
Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo, Elisabeth Scholl - Alessandro Scarlatti: Inferno - Cantate drammatiche (2006)

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo, Elisabeth Scholl - Alessandro Scarlatti: Inferno - Cantate drammatiche (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 301 Mb | Total time: 65:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 141-2 | Recorded: 2004

Alessandro Scarlatti is generally considered one of the most important Italian composers of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. But his music, although it has received more attention in recent years, is still largely unknown. This is partly due to the large quantity of his output: in the genre of the chamber cantata alone at least six hundred compositions are with certainty attributable to him.

Angela Hewitt - Scarlatti: Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Sept. 29, 2017
Angela Hewitt - Scarlatti: Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2017)

Angela Hewitt - Scarlatti: Sonatas, Vol. 2
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, d. booklet | 79:08 min | 253 MB
Label: Hyperion – CDA68184 | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Piano, Baroque

After the success of Angela Hewitt’s first album of Scarlatti sonatas, it is a joy to announce the appearance of a second. As Angela herself writes of this new selection, many fresh to her repertoire, this is ‘appealing, unique, dazzling’ music—performed here with the greatest of panache.
Angela Hewitt - Scarlatti: Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Angela Hewitt - Scarlatti: Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:08 minutes | 1.23 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

After the success of Angela Hewitt’s first album of Scarlatti sonatas, it is a joy to announce the appearance of a second. As Angela herself writes of this new selection, many fresh to her repertoire, this is ‘appealing, unique, dazzling’ music—performed here with the greatest of panache.
Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: Maddalena (1993)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: Maddalena (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 76:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | # OPS 30-96 | Recorded: 1993

Alessandro Scarlatti was only 24 and had just begun his enormously successful operatic career when he set a libretto by that great Roman patron of the arts, Cardinal Pamphili, on the subject of repentance and divine grace. It was performed before a distinguished audience by a small group of leading singers and instrumentalists of the day in March 1685—the year of the birth of Alessandro's son Domenico (in fact, as a matter of interest, three days before the birth of J. S. Bach). This simple little morality (oratorio is too grandiose a term for it) shows Magdalen torn between youthful pleasures and repentance for hedonistic living: the subject is treated in a sequence of extremely brief arias (and a few duets) and recitatives, which add up to a rather bitty effect, all the more because of seemingly haphazard key-sequences. There is little evidence of the da capo aria form later to be so closely associated with Scarlatti: there are, however, several examples (as in the very first aria) of 'devise' openings.
Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti (2008)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti (2008)
Baroque | 5 CD | EAC | FLAC+CUE, LOG | Scans | 1,44 GB
TT CD1:62'41", CD2:65'20", CD3:67'52", CD4:59'48", CD5:70'00"
Released: 2008 | Label: Virgin Classics

…Now then: FIVE CDs of one male alto singing Baroque cantatas? If you suppose this would be too much of a good thing, you haven't yet grasped the expressive virtuosity of Gerard Lesne. The man sings every phrase with such engagement that you forget you're listening to a singer and imagine that you're hearing a passionate human 'speaking' musically just to you. There is also an immense range of compositional resources in baroque music - a bag of tricks, if you will - which only the finest performers like Lesne can fully exploit. And just in case you suffer from a short musical attention span, the generous producers oat Virgin Classics have built in a couple of instrumental sonatas to let your ears re-set…
Lucas Debargue - Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Lucas Debargue - Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 77:21 minutes | 1.15 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The most-talked about artist of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition created huge excitement and world-wide media attention with his riveting background and “genius-like playing” (Boris Berezovksy). Debargue, who is 25, started the piano late at 11 years old, learning mostly in isolation. After dropping the instrument for three years to play in a rock band and study literature, he started formal piano training aged 20. Placed 4th, he was described by media as “the real winner” of the competition and received the Music Critics’ Association award as “the pianist whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience.”