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Scarlatti: The Cecilian Vespers Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import


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  • Performer: Labelle, Ryden, Angel, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Slattery, et al.
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Composer: A. Scarlatti
  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B0006BAUIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Vespers of Saint Cecilia, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (reconstructed by Hans Jörg Jan): Psalm 109/110: Dixit Dominus. De torrent
2. Vespers of Saint Cecilia, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (reconstructed by Hans Jörg Jan): Psalm 109/110: Dixit Dominus. Gloria Pat
3. Vespers of Saint Cecilia, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (reconstructed by Hans Jörg Jan): Psalm 109/110: Dixit Dominus. Sicut erat
4. Vespers of Saint Cecilia, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (reconstructed by Hans Jörg Jan): Psalm 109/110: Dixit Dominus. Amen
Disc: 2
1. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit (No. 1) (Psalm 126), for soprano, alto, chorus, 2 violins & continuo: Nisi Dominus
2. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit (No. 1) (Psalm 126), for soprano, alto, chorus, 2 violins & continuo: Vanum
3. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit (No. 1) (Psalm 126), for soprano, alto, chorus, 2 violins & continuo: Cum dederit
4. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit (No. 1) (Psalm 126), for soprano, alto, chorus, 2 violins & continuo: Sicut sagittae
5. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit (No. 1) (Psalm 126), for soprano, alto, chorus, 2 violins & continuo: Beatus vir
6. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit (No. 1) (Psalm 126), for soprano, alto, chorus, 2 violins & continuo: Gloria Patri
7. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit (No. 1) (Psalm 126), for soprano, alto, chorus, 2 violins & continuo: Amen
8. Salve Regina (No. 3), antiphon for soprano, 3 violins & continuo: Salve Regina
9. Salve Regina (No. 3), antiphon for soprano, 3 violins & continuo: Ad te
10. Salve Regina (No. 3), antiphon for soprano, 3 violins & continuo: Eja ergo
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Editorial Reviews

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This delectable work, premiered in 1721, shows composer Alessandro Scarlatti at his most brilliantly varied. Solo passages are punctuated with choral interjections and vice-versa, an antiphon duet for oboe and the lovely soprano Suzanne Ryden at first seems like one between two singers; Scarlatti fools the ear. Soprano Dominique Labelle brings a grace to her fluent singing in both solo and ensemble passages which manages to be energetic and tender at once. The setting of the Dixit Dominus never rests; a tenor solo is interrupted by the chorus; an intricate soprano-soprano-counter-tenor trio in the "Dominus a dextris" is rendered even more complex by the chorus, which then, in an entirely different meter, nervously jumps its way to the end and then melts into a gentle baritone solo, with long, legato lines. Scarlatti relies on dance rhythms throughout and Nicholas McGegan leads the Philharmonia Baroque and Philharmonia Chorale superbly through every change of tempo and texture. The recording of the Vespers was made live in Berkeley in April of 2004 (its North American premiere); CD 2 adds another forty minutes of prime Scarlatti recorded in the studio. This is a must have--beautiful, fascinating music, ideally performed and recorded. --Robert Levine

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Format: Audio CD
For an absolutely enchanting experience this 2 CD set of all of the vespers composed by Alessandro Scarlatti honoring the essence of music - St. Cecilia - is inimitable. Here is more Scarlatti than you ever knew was available and in the entire 56 works there is not a weak link.

Nicholas McGegan conducts the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale with a bevy of superb soloists - Susanne Ryden, Dominique Labelle, Michael Slattery who makes a very impressive debut - a tenor with style and flair whose career is young but very promising, Ryland Angel, Gonzalo X. Ruiz and Neal Davis - in lilting and dramatic performances, each one fresh and inventive, and each one performed with McGegan's usual penchant for understanding period music.

The recorded sound is superb: the first CD was recorded during a live performance and the second CD is a studio production. But the sonics of both are superb. This is music to transport us to another era and reinforces the fact that Scarlatti was a brilliant, forward-looking composer. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, April 06
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trollope on February 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A. Scarlatti's vespers for St Cecilia's Day are given a wonderfully alert live performance by Nic McGegan and the Philharmonia Barqoue. Nic's specialization in Scarlatti's dramatic choral works pays off brilliantly here with some superb contributions from the soloists including the stellar soprano Dominique Labbelle
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on September 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
... but on CD much of this huge performance of Alessandro Scarlatti's "Cecilian Vespers" sounds underrehearsed. Each of the soloists has a few ragged spots and a few bars of suspect tuning. Frankly the soloists' voices don't assemble well, to my ears, into any kind of vocal balance; they are all on their own trajectories. The chorus is solid enough, but not beautiful in sound. Nick McGegan is a masterful conductor of Handel, always bringing out the best from his Philharmonia baroque Orchestra and Chorus, but here, again to my ears, he makes Scarlatti sound far too Handelian, English rather than Italian. The bottom line is that this recording doesn't approach the musical standard set by Concerto Italiano and Il Seminario Musicale. It's worth hearing if you're a voracious Scarlatti fan, but if not, you might consider buying:
"La Santissima Trinita" - Europa Galante
"La Giuditta" - Alessandro Stradella Consort
"Inferno" - Modo Antiquo
"Stabat Mater" - Theater of Early Music with Emma Kirkby
"Sedecia" - Il Seminario Musicale with Gerard Lesne
"Cantatas, Handel - Scarlatti" - Il Seminario Musicale with Sandrine Piau
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Falardeau on November 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Interpretation and sound are superb and give justice to these masterpieces of a great composer far too often neglected! As always with Scarlatti, one wonders at the modernity of his sacred music (it sounds like Mozart as a young adult) and his cunning use of the instruments to create a tapestry of textures that tells the untold tale behind the words and the singers.
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