ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI (1660-1725): Passio secundum Johannem.

Catalogue Number: 04S015

Label: Ricercar

Reference: RIC 378

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: This was the first Passion setting written in seventeenth-century Italy. Scarlatti treats the role of the Evangelist (composed in the mezzo-soprano register) in highly unusual fashion, giving his narrative numerous emotional passages. The Voice of Christ (bass) is invariably haloed by a string accompaniment. The version presented here by conductor Alarcón inserts meditations assigned to the chorus; these are taken from Scarlatti’s Responsories for Holy Week, polyphonic settings that reveal a little-known genre practiced by this composer. Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzo), Salvo Vitale (bass), Namur Chamber Choir, Millenium Orchestra; Leonardo García Alarcón.

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