Scarlatti: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secun
Melnik, Maxime; Derhet, Pierre; Millenium Orchestra; Bridelli, Giuseppina; Chœur de Chambre de Namur; Houcke, Guillaume; García Alarcón, Leonardo; Weynants, Caroline; Vitale, Salvo
Alessandro Scarlatti’s St John Passion was the first Passion setting written in seventeenth-century Italy. Scarlatti treats the role of the Evangelist (composed in the mezzo-soprano register) in highly unusual fashion, giving his narrative numerous emotional passages. The Voice of Christ (bass) is invariably haloed by a string accompaniment. The version presented by Leonardo García Alarcón inserts meditations assigned to the chorus; these are taken from Scarlatti’s Responsories for Holy Week, polyphonic settings that reveal a little-known genre practiced by this composer.