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Nicholas McGegan - Scarlatti: The Cecilian Vespers (2005)

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Nicholas McGegan - Scarlatti: The Cecilian Vespers (2005)
Artist: Philharmonia Chorale, Philharmonia Baroque Ensemble, Nicholas McGegan
Title Of Album: Scarlatti: The Cecilian Vespers
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: Avie
Country: UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, artwork)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 2:10:37
Full Size: 621 MB


Disc 1
Vespers of Saint Cecilia, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (reconstructed by Hans Jorg Jan)
01. Versicle- Deus in adiutorium
02. Antiphon- Cantantibus organis
03. Psalm 109-110- Dixit Dominus. Dixit Dominus
04. Psalm 109-110- Dixit Dominus. Juravit Dominus
05. Psalm 109-110- Dixit Dominus. Dominus a dextris
06. Psalm 109-110- Dixit Dominus. De torrente
07. Psalm 109-110- Dixit Dominus. Gloria Patri
08. Psalm 109-110- Dixit Dominus. Sicut erat
09. Psalm 109-110- Dixit Dominus. Amen
10. Antiphon- Cantantibus organis
11. Antiphon- Valerianus
12. Psalm 112-113- Laudate pueri. Laudate pueri
13. Psalm 112-113- Laudate pueri. A solis ortu
14. Psalm 112-113- Laudate pueri. Quis sicut
15. Psalm 112-113- Laudate pueri. Et humilia
16. Psalm 112-113- Laudate pueri. Suscitans
17. Psalm 112-113- Laudate pueri. Ut collocet
18. Psalm 112-113- Laudate pueri. Amen
19. Antiphon- Valerianus
20. Antiphon- Caecilia, famula
21. Psalm 121-122- Laetatus sum. Laetatus sum
22. Psalm 121-122- Laetatus sum. Illuc enim
23. Psalm 121-122- Laetatus sum. Quia illic
24. Psalm 121-122- Laetatus sum. Fiat pax
25. Psalm 121-122- Laetatus sum. Propter fratres
26. Psalm 121-122- Laetatus sum. Gloria Patri
27. Psalm 121-122- Laetatus sum. Amen

Disc 2
Vespers of Saint Cecilia, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (reconstructed by Hans Jorg Jan)
01. Antiphon- Benedico te
02. Psalm 126-127- Nisi Dominus. Nisi Dominus
03. Psalm 126-127- Nisi Dominus. Gloria Patri
04. Antiphon- Triduanas a Domino
05. Psalm 147- Lauda, Jerusalem
06. Hymn- Jesu, corona. Jesu, corona
07. Hymn- Jesu, corona. Qui pergis
08. Hymn- Jesu, corona. Quocumque tendis
09. Hymn- Jesu, corona. Te deprecamur
10. Hymn- Jesu, corona. Virtus, honor
11. Antiphon to the Magnificat- Est secretum
12. Magnificat. Magnificat
13. Magnificat. Fecit potentiam
14. Magnificat. Gloria Patri

Nisi Dominus aedificaverit (No. 1) (Psalm 126), for soprano, alto, chorus, 2 violins & continuo
15. Nisi Dominus- Nisi Dominus Aedificaverit
16. Nisi Dominus- Vanum
17. Nisi Dominus- Cum dederit
18. Nisi Dominus- Sicut sagittae
19. Nisi Dominus- Beatus vir
20. Nisi Dominus- Gloria Patri
21. Nisi Dominus- Amen

Salve Regina (No. 3), antiphon for soprano, 3 violins & continuo
22. Salve Regina- Salve Regina
23. Salve Regina- Ad te
24. Salve Regina- Eja ergo
25. Salve Regina- O clemens

Audi filia, et inclina aurem, gradual for chorus, oboe, 2 violins, viola & organ
26. Audi filia, Gradual for St. Cecilia’s Day- Audi filia, et inclina aurem
27. Audi filia, Gradual for St. Cecilia’s Day- Specia tua
28. Audi filia, Gradual for St. Cecilia’s Day- Alleluia
29. Audi filia, Gradual for St. Cecilia’s Day- Alleluia


Susanne Ryd?n and Dominique Labelle (sopranos)
Ryland Angel (countertenor)
Michael Slattery (tenor)
Neal Davies (baritone/chanteur)

Philharmonia Baroque Ensemble
Philharmonia Chorale
Nicholas McGegan

This live recording of Alessandro Scarlatti's Cecilian Vespers comes close to being that rare find: an illumination of a previously concealed masterpiece. This music for the Vespers service of the Feast of St. Cecilia (November 22) was first performed in Rome in 1721. Like Bach in several of his larger pieces, the aged Scarlatti brought preexisting and new music together into a new and ambitious ground plan. But the music survived only in fragments. Reassembled by a Swiss scholar, the Vespers music had its modern premiere in 1970 and has languished largely ignored by recording companies.

Now we know we've all been missing a great deal. Scarlatti's music here doesn't sound much like Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, or any other familiar choral repertory of the early eighteenth century. He tends to use, and use inventively, individual or grouped soloists in impressively spacious, varied concerto-like structures, with the chorus sometimes fulfilling the role of the ritornello or refrain. His responses to the texts of the Vespers are vivid without being conventionally pictorial, and are all the more powerful for it. Check out the unique choral effect at "conquassabit capita in terra multuorum" ([The Lord] shall crush heads in the land of the many) in the Dixit Dominus section, the way the chorus expands on its percussive repetitions of the single word "sit" over the course of that same section, or the mystically calm treatment of the Nisi Dominus, to take just a few of many examples. There's very little over two CDs of music that doesn't sustain the listener's interest, and San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorale under Nicholas McGegan approach the music with a warm tone entirely appropriate to the operatic origins of Scarlatti's language. McGegan frames the polyphonic sections of the Vespers with the chants originally selected by Scarlatti himself, helping the listener imagine the Vespers service as a coherent liturgical thought.

Those operatic origins, however, at times prove the undoing of the four soloists on this recording. Their voices are pleasant enough, but Scarlatti by the time he composed this work had written dozens of operas for powerful nobles in Naples and Rome and had some of the finest singers in Italy at his beck and call. The music reflects that, with punishing runs of sixteenth notes that are integral to the large, deliberate structures Scarlatti erects. But these runs sometimes come out tense and smudged -- not throughout, but in several of the really tough passages. The fault is not that of the singers but of the conductor, who sent medium-sized voices to do a job meant for big, virtuoso instruments. Credit is nonetheless due to all concerned for reviving a wonderful example of the art of Baroque sacred music. The sound is generally quite fine for a live recording. -- James Manheim

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