Francesco Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus & Mass

Release date: 14th April 2023
Label: Signum SIGCD658

Their tenth album with Signum Classics, Armonico Consort directed by Christopher Monks return with two works by the ‘Forgotten Scarlatti’.  Francesco Scarlatti (1666-c1741) was overshadowed by his much more famous brother Alessandro and nephew Domenico. This recording has been made using new editions of the works by Dr Geoffrey Webber, from the original scores held at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, (made especially for this recording) that follow only the autograph scores.

On a recording that features quite possibly the CLASSICAL MUSIC FIND OF THE CENTURY, Armonico Consort sets to disc two of the major and spectacular works by Francesco Scarlatti. The Dixit Dominus and Mass are written in 16 independent lines, with four choirs of four voices. In music which draws inspiration from the colossal polychoral compositions of Baroque Venice, to the awesome writing heard in Tallis’s 40 part Spem in Alium, these totally unique works are certainly not to be missed.

“Spectaculaire!  The most spectacular discovery of the century” Le figaro

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This extraordinarily successful release has a musical significance of the highest order” The Organ

“Francesco Scarlatti … a wholly exceptional creative figure” Choir & Organ

“The big complex choruses sound exhilarating” Gramophone

“The performances are both polished and stylish” Europadisc

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pizzicato

⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Guardian

9/10 Cross Rhythms



Dixit Dominus a 16 voci con instromenti, Tono 8

1 I. Dixit Dominus
2 II. Donec ponam inimicos tuos
3 III. Virgam virtutis tuae
4 IV. Tecum principium
5 V. Juravit Dominus
6 VI. Dominus a dextris tuis
7 VII. De torrente in via bibet
8 VIII. Gloria Patri

Messa a 16 voci con instromenti, Toni 2
9 I. Kyrie
10 II. Gloria
11 III. Et in terra pax
12 IV. Gratias agimas tibi
13 V. Domine Deus Rex celestis
14 VI. Domini Fili unigenite
15 VII. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
16 VIII. Qui tollis peccata mundi I
17 IX. Qui tollis peccata mundi II
18 X. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
19 VXI. Cum Sancto Spiritu

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