An important release for the recognition of the historical importance of Alessandro Scarlatti, the father of the (still more famous) Domenico Scarlatti.
Alessandro Scarlatti formed the bridge between the rich vocal style of the Italian Baroque masters of the 17-th century and the gallant style of Mozart and his contemporaries.
San Filippo Neri is grand and Oratorio in Handelian style, full of dramatic arias and striking instrumental effects.
Excellent performance on authentic instruments by the specialist group Alessandro Stradella Consort, conducted by Estevan Velardi.
Theatrical chamber music might appear to be a contradiction in terms, but the unlikely idea is fulfilled by these sparkling, highly wrought trio sonatas. For despite their title, that is what they are: most composers of the 18th century may have used the sonata designation for this form, but Alessandro Stradella employed at least several of these works as preludes or overtures to his dramatic and sacred works such as the oratorio Susanna (already recorded on Brilliant Classics, BC94345).