Alessandro Stradella (ca.1639-1682). Cantata for Christmas Eve and sinfonias. La Magnifica Comunità. Enrico Casazza, conductor.
Classical | 1 CD | XLD | FLAC, LOG, CUE | Scans, Booklet HQ | 223 Mb | TT: 51:18 | RS
Recorded: 1999 | Brilliant Classics
A contemporary of Buxtehude and Lully, Alessandro Stradella (ca.1639-1682) remained in Italy his entire life. He benefited from important patrons in Rome, including Christina of Sweden. Here in the mid-seventeenth century, with the theatres being closed for over a decade, the cantata was at its height. Like many of the contemporary cantatas this particular Cantata for Christmas Eve was intended for performances at the palaces of the nobility. Only a hand full of musicians are needed for this charmingly intimate piece: three voices, 2 violins and basso continuo.