Scarlatti, Hasse: Cantatas And Motets - Bowman, York, Steele-Perkins

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Cantatas And Motets
Scarlatti, Hasse
James Bowman, Deborah York, Crispian Steele-Perkins, The King's Consort, Robert King
1 CD
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Catalogue Number: CDH55354

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In the eighteenth century the cantata was considered to be the supreme challenge for a composer's artistry. Here are recorded three fine examples from the enormous corpus of such works by Alessandro Scarlatti, two for solo voice with continuo, and one which includes a particularly demanding part for obbligato trumpet, faultlessly played by Crispian Steele-Perkins. These cantatas are joined by settings of the Salve Regina by Domenico Scarlatti (Alessandro's sixth son) and Johann Adolf Hasse (a pupil). The work by Hasse is distinctly operatic with florid vocal and instrumental lines, and the younger Scarlatti similarly finds himself drawn away from religious deference to a more flamboyant style.

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