Alessandro SCARLATTI: Stabat Mater

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Release date : Sep 2005

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The flute concerto with which this recording begins is also a late work by Scarlatti. He had been upset by the frivolity of the new composers of his era. At the age of 64 he rediscovered a taste for instrumental music, which happened rarely in his life.

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This is a recording of a relatively rare version: the Stabat Mater that the Cavalieri della Virgine dei Dolori commissioned in 1724 from the most famous opera composer of the day, Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725). Some years later, in 1736, this same order commissioned Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. We remember Alessandro Scarlatti as a fabulous composer of operas, which indeed he was, but this image of him masks a reality that was quite different. Scarlatti made his career, in fact, primarily in the service of Roman cardinals, for whom he wrote numerous cantatas, oratorios, and other sacred music.

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