Alessandro Scarlatti, Concerti e SInfonie

There are names in the history of music which even today are unknown to listeners. One of the most striking examples is Alessandro Scarlatti (Palermo, 1660 – Naples, 1725), father of the better known Domenico and composer of works almost completely forgotten. […] The collection at the Diocesan Library in Münster is fundamental for appreciating Scarlatti’s instrumental music. It comprises the rich collection of Abbot Fortunato Santini (1778-1861) and includes works for flute and various combinations of instruments, which are here presented in their complete version for the first time.

Francesco Ermini Polacci

Content:

Concerto in Re maggiore a flauto due violini e basso
Concerto in Fa maggiore a tre flauti e basso
Concerto in La maggiore a flauto due violini e basso
Sinfonia in Sol maggiore a flauto e basso
Concerto in Fa maggiore a flauto due violini e basso
Sonata in sol minore a due flauti e basso
Sinfonia in Fa maggiore a flauto e basso
Concerto in La maggiore a due flauti, due violini e basso

IL ROSSIGNOLO, on period instruments
MARTINO NOFERI, recorder 
OTTAVIANO TENERANI, harpsichord & musical direction

Marta Caneva, recorder 
Federico Maria Sardelli, recorder
Marica Testi, transverse flute
Fabio Cafaro, violin
Maria Paola Cavallini, violin
Raffaele Sorrentino, violoncello
Francesca Chiocci, viola da gamba
Carlo Pelliccione, double bass
Gian Luca Lastraioli, archlute, guitar, mandolino
Giangiacomo Pinardi, theorbo, guitar

Luogo di registrazione: Chiesa di Santa Maria a Petroio (XIV Sec.), Sovigliana  (FI)
Diapason:  LA = 415 Hz
Quartetto in fa maggiore Allegro

Quartetto in fa maggiore Minuet

Concerto in la maggiore Grave

Concerto in la maggiore Allegro

Reviews:

“A marvellous and splendid CD – listeners lose themselves in celestial sounds. Manna from heaven for the ears. More of this beautiful sound, please “. 
Refenda Adrovic (05.07.2002) – www.klassik.com

The Italian ensemble Il Rossignolo, conducted by Ottaviano Tenerani, combines all possible strengths of an early music ensemble: exceptionally vivid pacing which is never wooden, a light brushed sound which is never cold or antique, a dancer-like approach and grandiose playing all guarantee pleasure for the ear. Scarlatti’s music sounds like dancing, sun and joie de vivre; it cheers even the most depressed listener. The solo playing of Martino Noferi makes a big contribution to the overall effect, and it is hard to imagine the speed of his fingers and virtuoso talents. But he is not a soloist who overshadows the accompanying players, and in the works for two or more instruments (flutes and violins) this is particularly clear. The soloists listen to one another, there is give and take as they play in unison and the musical discourse is beautifully expressed. 
Nora Burda  –  Yahoo. Classic

This CD is further confirmation of Scarlatti’s greatness, apart from his vast repertoire of operas and vocal music. It contains fine and historically researched interpretations of his Concertos and Symphonies for flute. The musicians are excellent; first flautist Martino Noferi, and also the ensemble Il Rossignolo impeccably conducted by Ottaviano Tenerani. The CD is issued by CPO, a German label with a refined and robust catalogue. In the early Eighteenth century, the concept of symphony and concerto was not yet firmly defined, but the influence of Corelli was helping to shape the forms and can be clearly heard on these recordings. The CD widens our knowledge of a musically and historically rich period and repertoire. 
Roberto FavaroMusica e dischi  – 17/02/03

“Scarlatti’s instrumental style copies his vocal writing, and the musicians respond with vocally inspired performances. Noferi achieves a beautiful singing quality on the recorder. His ornaments are elaborate, but they never disrupt the flow of the music or the outline of the melody. The recording has an intimate feeling, and often you can hear the musicians breathing as they prepare to play their phrases.”
Johnson, ARG

“The ensemble Il Rossignolo plays original Baroque instruments, specializing in a repertory of 18th century Italian composers. Tenerani is both their conductor and harpsichordist. Recorded quality is excellent, soloist Noferi is a true virtuoso on his instrument, and the works are clearly of more depth than most Baroque musical wallpaper.” 
Audiophile Audition

The Italian period instrument ensemble, Il Rossignolo, plays it all with great dash. Its large continuo group (…) provides a weighty and colourful continuo that is especially well suited to Scarlatti’s occasional attractive, slightly old-fashioned stepping or running basses. Instead of a second recorder, a transverse flute (Marica Testi) partners Martino Noferi’s recorder in the double concertos, with interesting textural results… A delightful music and Il Rossignolo’s high standard of performance. 
Goldberg – Christopher Price

Il Rossignolo plays work by this composer from Naples with extreme good taste, and the conductor at the harpsichord, Ottaviano Tenerani, is accurate. 
Maquetacion– December 2002

Outstanding entertainment. 
Concerto 2/2003