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Salve regina
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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: Eia ergo advocata nostra illos tuos
Movement 4: Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui

Salve regina
Amongst a huge compositional output there are at least thirteen settings of the Salve regina attributed to Hasse. The most famous of these is in A major and was published in London in 1740, but this is a later, unpublished version dated 1744. Its style is distinctly operatic, mixing an attractive simplicity of melody with florid instrumental and vocal lines which are always eminently suited to the voice. Gesture too is often to the fore, and the score is liberally sprinkled with changes of dynamics, often pianos interspersed with sudden fortes. The first movement is elegantly melodic, with expressive, melismatic vocal phrases set over an attractive orchestral accompaniment which is reminiscent of Pergolesi. Equally effective is ‘Ad te clamamus’ where detailed string figurations are overseen by a glorious vocal line. The more forthright Allegro setting of ‘Eia ergo advocata’ tests the soloist’s virtuosity with rapid runs. The final movement, ‘Et Jesum, benedictum’, returns to the cantabile vocal style and demonstrates why the diarist Burney described Hasse as ‘the most natural, elegant, and judicious composer of vocal music’.

from notes by Robert King © 1996

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Details for CDA66875 track 13
Salve regina, mater misericordiae
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
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  1. Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets (CDA66875)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 1996
    Deletion date: April 2008
    Superseded by CDH55354
  2. Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets (CDH55354)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: January 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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