Scarlatti - Curtis
Tolomeo e Alessandro (1711)
Duration: 147 minutes
Dramma pastorale in three acts, edited by Alan Curtis
Libretto by Carlo Sigismondo Capece (I)
2S,A,3CT(S,2M); mixed chorus; orchestra
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.
Universally admired for his keyboard music, the vocal music of Domenico Scarlatti has until very recently been largely ignored. For many years, the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro was known only from a manuscript of Act I in a private collection in Milan. Recently the entire opera turned up in England and surprisingly revealed that Domenico was after all a very fine dramatic composer, perhaps even more appealingly so than his father Alessandro. It is tempting to think that Handel, whose Tolomeo uses the same libretto, may have known this setting by his old friend, 'Mimmo', and tried to outdo him in setting the same texts to music. He was not always successful.
Hallenberg / Ek / Invernizzi / Baka / Milanesi / Nesi / Il Complesso Barocco / Alan Curtis
Universal Music Spain / Fundación Caja Madrid (2010)