This new recording brings together a group of motets by Alessandro Scarlatti. The works have been combined to form a Roman-Neapolitan late-Baroque Vespro della Beata Vergine. The creation of a large-scale work in this manner is supported by recent research and the result is given a transparent performance by the renowned Ensemble Gli Scarlattisti under the direction of Jochen M. Arnold. A fresh look at some fascinating music.
Franziska Finckh, gamba
Ulrike Klamp, violone
Stephan Leuthold, organ
Thorsten Bleich, lute
Deutscher Text (32 Seiten)
Texts in english (32 pages)
P+C 2015 Spektral, LC 15543
Date of relelase: November 2015 !
01 DIXIT DOMINUS, PSALM 109
02 LAUDATE PUERI, PSALM 112
03 LAETATUS SUM, PSALM 121
04 NISI DOMINUS, PSALM 126
05 LAUDA JERUSALEM DOMINUM, PSALM 147
06 AVE MARIS STELLA
Total Time / Gesamtspielzeit: 51:50:00
GLI SCARLATTISTI was founded by Jochen M. Arnold in 1995. The group brings together professional singers who have either obtained music degrees or have undergone intensive private vocal training. They are accompanied by a continuo group consisting of four musicians.
Their first recording, of Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalischen Exequien and drei Motetten aus der Geistlichen Chormusik (1648), appeared in 1998. It was followed in 1999 by a recording of the continuo version of Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers. In 2001, the ensemble recorded a group of Vesper Psalms (assembled under the title Vespro Veneziano) by Johann Rosenmüller. Scarlatti’s ten-part Stabat Mater came out in 2006, paired with Arnold’s Diptychon secundum Iohannem. It was followed by a disc of Vesper Psalms and Anthems by G. F. Handel which drew international acclaim. GLI SCARLATTISTI’s interpretation of the complete motets of J. S. Bach appeared at the end of 2009, and in 2012/13 came two CDs containing choral music by Andreas Hammerschmidt as well as the cross-over disc Zeichen.
The ensemble undertakes regular concert tours in Germany and abroad in addition to making broadcast recordings for BR, HR, Deutschlandradio Kultur, and SWR. The group also makes various festival appearances and participates in the Deutschen Evangelischen Kirchentag in Hannover and Cologne (TV recording).
Conductor Jochen M. Arnold (Hildesheim) studied Protestant theology and church music in Tübingen, Rome and Stuttgart. His principle teachers included Werner Jacob (organ), Dieter Kurz and Helmut Wolf (conducting), and Heinrich Deppert (composition). As is demonstrated by a large number of CD and broadcast recordings, his repertoire extends from the late Middle Ages to the present. He was a cantor and vicar in Reutlingen. With the support of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, he obtained his PhD (Promotion) from the University of Tübingen. Since 2004 he has directed the Michaeliskloster Hildesheim (Protestant Centre for Worship and Church Music), focusing on the theology of worship services, the organization of worship services, and music in the worship service. Jochen Arnold holds a position in choral conducting at the University of Hildesheim and directs the University choir as well as the orchestral Collegium Musicum Hildesheim. In 2008, he received his second PhD (Habilitation) from the University of Leipzig with an interdisciplinary study of Bach’s Cantatas. Since 2009 he has been teaching there. Jochen Arnold is an Honorary Professor of Church Music at the University of Hildesheim since 2014.