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A. Scarlatti - Il primo omicidio overo Cain / B. Fink · Oddone · Röschmann · R. Croft · Abete · Jacobs Import


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  • Performer: Bernarda Fink, Dorothea Roschmann, Graciela Oddone, Richard Croft, Antonio Abete, et al.
  • Orchestra: Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
  • Conductor: Rene Jacobs
  • Composer: Alessandro Scarlatti
  • Audio CD (October 27, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B00000DG06
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Il primo omicidio: Introduzzione all'Oratorio: Spiritoso
2. Il primo omicidio: Introduzzione all'Oratorio: Adagio
3. Il primo omicidio: Introduzzione all'Oratorio: Allegro
4. Il primo omicidio: Parte prima: Recitativo: 'Figli miseri figli' (Adamo)
5. Il primo omicidio: Parte prima: Aria: 'Mi balena ancor sul ciglio'(Adamo)
6. Il primo omicidio: Parte prima: Recitativo: 'Di serpe ingannator perfida frode' (Eva)
7. Il primo omicidio: Parte prima: Aria: 'Caro sposo, prole amata' (Eva)
8. Il primo omicidio: Parte prima: Recitativo: 'Genitori adorati' (Abel)
9. Il primo omicidio: Parte prima: Aria: 'Dalla mandra un puro agnello' (Abel)
10. Il primo omicidio: Parte prima: Recitativo: 'Padre questa d'abel forz'e che sia' (Caino)
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Disc: 2
1. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Recitativo: 'Fermiam qui Abelle il passo' (Caino)
2. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Aria: 'Perché mormora il ruscello' (Caino)
3. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Aria: 'Ti risponde il ruscelleto' (Abel)
4. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Recitativo: 'Or se braman posar la frona, e'l rio' (Abel)
5. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Recitativo: 'Più non so tratteur l'impeto interno'(Abel, Caino)
6. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Andante e staccato
7. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Recitativo: 'Cain dov'é il fratello? - Abel dov'é?' (Voce di Dio, Caino)
8. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Recitativo: 'Or di strage fraterna il suolo asperso' (Voce di Dio)
9. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Aria: 'mostro spaventevole' (Voce di Dio)
10. II Primo Omicidio: Parte seconda: Recitativo: 'Signor se mi dai bando' (Caino)
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Editorial Reviews

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This oratorio for six voices concerns, as the title implies, the murder of Abel by Cain. Though the possibility of one Baroque da capo aria after another may strike fear into your heart, fear not: Scarlatti sprinkles arias throughout, interspersing them with dramatic recitatives, duets, a trio, and brief, scene-setting orchestral interludes with a small but colorfully used group of instruments, all beautifully played here. Moreover, the voice parts vary: Adam and Eve are tenor and soprano, respectively; Cain and Abel are alto and soprano; and the voice of God and Lucifer are countertenor and bass. For a two-and-a-quarter hour oratorio from 1707, this work never tires the ear or emotions: A nice listening experience, all the way round. --Robert Levine

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Newsome on May 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Written before Handel's "Messiah" or Bach's Passions, Scarlatti's "Il Primo Omicidio" is the prototype of the Baroque oratorio. The music contains genuine depth of emotion, and this performance does full justice to Scarlatti's innovation. With a life-time of experience in Baroque music, conductor Rene Jacobs leads the playing forces with admirable understanding of the score. It is also a pleasure to hear him sing the role of God. His counter-tenor voice still retains those qualities of beauty and attention to "proper" performance practice that made him the counter-tenor paragon of the 1970's. The cast is, in short, extraordinary. Dorothea Roschmann, Bernarda Fink, and Graciela Oddone are all technically accomplished, and they bring rich interpretations to their beautiful arias. As Adam, tenor Richard Croft admirably fulfills his role as ambassador of a supremely musical family (his brother is wonderful baritone Richard Croft). Antonio Abete, as the voice of Lucifer, exhibits the sort of bass voice often utilized in Baroque recordings: dark, emotive, and even if not powerful or memorable. This recording should bring much pleasure to lovers of Baroque music or singing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on March 25, 2008
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The weakness of Il Primo Omicidio is the Voice of God, sung by Rene Jacobs himself. Jacobs is a countertenor, a revered pioneer of the technique, but he is no longer an outstanding countertenor, especially in comparison with younger voices such as Gerard Lesne. Casting himself as God exposes the thinness of his voice all too clearly, especially since he has cast two operatic women singers as Cain and Abel. They overwhelm him musically, an effect compounded by the fact that the arias assigned to God contain the least interesting music of the whole oratorio. Antonio Abete, the bass singing the role of Lucifer, also outmatches Jacobs's God in power and drama, again exaggerated by the greater musical interest of his role.

Bernarda Fink and Graciela Oddone, as Cain and Abel, bring little subtlety to their roles until the second act, when the powerful emotions inscribed in the libretto finally overcome the conservatory vibrato of their first-act performances. Strange to say, considering Rene Jacobs's reputation, this whole performance is marred by a broad and stodgy vocal style more suggestive of the earliest decades of the Baroque revival than of contemporary historically informed performance practice.

Detaching the music from the performance is never easy, but I think this oratorio has more potential than Jacobs has revealed. Even so, it's a less interesting and affective score than La Santissima Trinita (recorded spectacularly by Europa Galante) or Sedecia Re di Gerusalleme (sung superbly by Lasne and Jaroussky with Il Seminario Musicale). I'd certainly recommend those two CD sets before this one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. SIMPSON on April 10, 2003
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Wow, - what a performance, what a work, what a discovery. This is simply stunning, from beginning to end. Marvellous arias, inventive scoring, wonderful performances of music which is everchanging in character but never dropping in quality. If you only buy one baroque disc this year, make it this set. Nothing more to say, and thats just how you'll feel at the end, right before you play it all through again.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1999
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The sound quality of this recording is superb. The performance by all the singers is also extraordinary. I loved the whole work since the first moment. The orchestra produces a great baroque sound and the conductor / singer has read Scarlatti's mind in a very nice way.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1999
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All participants on this set work together in a wonderful way, making music in the best sense of the word.
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