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Christ sinking under the weight of the cross by Paolo Caliari Veronese (1528-1588)
Lauros-Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55354
Recording details: February 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1996
Total duration: 12 minutes 28 seconds

'Congratulations to Hyperion on imaginative programming of repertoire, some not otherwise available on disc. Highly recommended … for repeated enjoyable listening' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The recording is exemplary. If you want an introduction to vocal writing in compact forms in early 18th-century Italy, this is ideal' (American Record Guide)

'Una de las mejores elecciones de musica barroca que haya escuchado este año. Por supuesto que lo recomiendo vivamente' (CD Compact, Spain)

Infirmata vulnerata
composer
October 1702
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Infirmata vulnerata centres around a text on the common theme of unrequited love, but on this occasion optimism is allowed to creep in as the cantata progresses. Scarlatti’s manuscript dates the composition to October 1702 and, accompanied by two violins, takes a mournful angle at the opening. The first aria is set over a walking bass, above which the violins alternate lachrymose suspensions with more conversational dialogue, whilst the voice rarely rises above despair. ‘Vulnera percute’ is as rich in its harmony as its sentiments are tormented, and leads without an intervening recitative into a curious ground bass, seven bars in length. The last aria is upbeat, with shorter phrases passed between singer and instrumentalists: our lover sees hope triumphing.

from notes by Robert King © 1996

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