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Salve regina in A major
author of text
Antiphon to the Virgin Mary from Trinity until Advent

'Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets' (CDH55354)
Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets
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Movement 1: Salve regina, mater misericordiae
Movement 2: Ad te clamamus exsules, filii Hevae
Movement 3: Nobis post hoc exsilium ostende
Movement 4: O clemens, o pia

Salve regina in A major
In his sacred music Domenico showed elements of the harmonic richness and melodic individuality which flood his later keyboard writing, but the main features of his settings of emotive sacred texts are tuneful melodies which mix religious deference with occasional elements of the opera. This readily approachable style is nonetheless underpinned by a sound compositional technique. The fine setting of the Salve regina begins with just such rich harmony and elegance of line, after which comes a dramatic section alternating trumpet-like calls (‘Ad te clamamus’) with more intense grave sections (‘exsules, filii Hevae’). The vocal line returns to more lyrical writing at ‘Eia ergo’, but the upper strings are more playful in their imitation of each other. ‘Nobis post hoc exsilium’ confidently starts with textbook imitation but the mood quietens at ‘ostende’. The most emotive (and individual) writing is reserved for ‘O clemens, o pia’, where Scarlatti’s characteristic use of dissonance and bitter-sweet melody gives rise to music of great beauty before the final ‘Amen’ returns, albeit restrained by its religious context, to a more operatic style.

from notes by Robert King © 1996

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Details for CDH55354 track 2
Movement 2: Ad te clamamus exsules, filii Hevae
Recording date
9 February 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets (CDA66875)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 1996
    Deletion date: April 2008
    Superseded by CDH55354
  2. Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets (CDH55354)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: January 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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