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SCARLATTI, D.: Stabat Mater / Missa breve, "La stella" / Te Deum / Magnificat

Composer(s):Scarlatti, Domenico
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.570382
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Domenico Scarlatti is known today for his many harpsichord sonatas. The earlier part of his career, however, was concentrated on sacred and secular vocal music. While his Te Deum was probably written for Lisbon, the other works included here come from Scarlatti’s earlier period in Rome, where he was employed for a time at Santa Maria Maggiore and officially at the papal Cappella Giulia. The best known example of Scarlatti’s church music is his Stabat Mater. A remarkable synthesis of the old and the new, the work is scored for ten voices, two five part choirs, and continuo; all voices are seldom heard together but are deployed in a series of contrasting and sometimes florid textures.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Immortal Bach Ensemble…sing warmly and sensitively, and offer equally fine accounts of the enterprising bonues.

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,April 2008

Domenico Scarlatti's fame rests mainly on the hundreds of 2-movement keyboard sonatas that are the bread and butter of harpsichordists and pianists). Yet any composer of the era was expected to write a whole lot of church music, and this disc gives us a fair sampling of same. The performances are heartfelt and expert, filling in a necessary void in the recorded repertoire.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2007

Born in Naples in 1685, the son of the distinguished musician, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico began his professional career as a church organist and composer in his native city. From there he had a nomadic career before arriving in Portugal during the early 1720's in service of the royal family, principally as music teacher to Maria Barbara in Lisbon. Maria's marriage to the Spanish crown prince in 1729 took Domenico first to Seville, then to Madrid four years later, and it was there that he died in 1757. For such a famous musician too little is know of his life outside of music, a fact made worse by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 which destroyed much of his music written in that Portuguese period. Today he is largely known as the composer of an enormous amount of keyboard music,



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