Donald Macleod journeys through a century of music-making in Naples which put even its great rival Venice's culture in the shade. The death in 1725 of the great Alessandro Scarlatti offers new opportunities to Neapolitan musicians.
Vinci: Sinfonia for strings (1st mvt)
vinci: erighetta e don chilone (excerpt)
durante: sonate per cembalo divise in studii e divertimenti (study no 6)
durante: lamentations of jeremiah - lectio terza in fera sexta parasceve
durante: duet: methilde, alma via
Donald Macleod explores the music of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, whose death at the age of 26 gave him a mythical status, causing many works to be falsely ascribed to him.
Attrib. Pergolesi: Violin Concerto in B flat (1st mvt)
pergolesi: mass a 5
pergolesi: la serva padrona (opening)
pergolesi: quando corpus (stabat mater)
Donald Macleod follows the lives of some of the young graduates of the conservatoire in Naples who carried their training across Europe, cementing the city's reputation as a cultural hothouse.
Piccinni: Overture (Le donne vendicate)
jommelli: don trastullo (excerpt)
jommelli: didone abbandonata (conclusion)
porpora: cello sonata (london, c.1733)
Donald Macleod explores some of the music that would have been heard at the new theatre dedicated to comedy that the king had ordered built in the 1770s. He discovers that the royal grip had not fully loosened when it came to the rulebook for audiences at the new venue.
Paisiello: Overture (Don Chisciotte)
paisiello: don chisciotte (act 2, excerpt)
fiorenza: sinfonia in f minore a due violini e basso
cimarosa: armida immaginaria (end of act 3)
porpora: notturni per i defunti (no 2)
Donald Macleod explores music by the prolific but unfortunate Domenico Cimarosa.
Donald Macleod explores music by the prolific but unfortunate Domenico Cimarosa, who lost his father to a building accident in childhood, and had to overcome poverty to establish an international opera career, ended by political wrangling which saw him go into hiding fearing for his life.
Cimarosa: Overture (L'impresario in angustie)
pergolesi: salve regina in a minor
cimarosa: sequentia (requiem)
cimarosa: deh, parlate (il sacrificio d'abramo)
traetta: festa che termina lo spettacolo (antigona)