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Scarlatti: Father And Son

Music by Alessandro Scarlatti and his son Domenico, performed by the Houston-based early music ensemble, Ars Lyrica.

Ars Lyrica Ensemble

In their two recent recordings, the Houston-based ensemble Ars Lyricaled by Matthew Dirst, explores some lesser known music by composers with the surname, Scarlatti

Domenico Scarlatti

Ars Lyrica’s 2012 recording on the Sono Luminus label of music by Domenico Scarlatti includes the satirical farce La Dirindina, juxtaposed with the chamber cantata Pur nel sonnoLa Dirindina was originally intended to serve as a companion piece performed between the three acts of one of Scarlatti’s opera seria, but its racy text about a singer, her teacher, and a famous castrato was banned by the censors, though it was subsequently very successfully published!  The CD is completed with two mandolin sonatas that show listeners a different side of Scarlatti, who is remembered almost exclusively for his 555 keyboard sonatas.

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Alessandro Scarlatti

In 2009, Ars Lyrica recorded a different program for the Naxos label.  That disc included instrumental and vocal music of  the composer Alessandro Scarlatti, who was Domenico’s father. The programming for this recording is similar to Ars Lyrica’s 2012 release: two dramatic vocal works frame a harpsichord toccata and a cello sonata. The vocal works on this recording are the oratorio, La concettione della Beata Vergine, along with an earlier piece, Euridice dall’Inferno, recorded here for the first time.

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Janelle Davis

Janelle Davis is a violinist and performer with period instrument ensembles throughout the United States. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington where she specializes in early music.

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