Ars Antigua Presents: April 2012 edition

We’ll be traveling to 17th century Italy now to hear the three-movement cantata “Clori mia, Clori bella” by the man who penned over 600 such works, Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725). In an era when cantatas rivaled operas for refinement and were considered the ultimate challenge to a composer’s artistry, Scarlatti was among the last to contribute significantly to the literature. The vast majority of Scarlatti’s cantatas were for solo soprano and continuo, and we will hear that combination, with the addition of director Gary Berkenstock playing recorder.

Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Chicago Early Music Consort

Stephanie Sheffield—soprano

Phillip W. Serna—bass viol

Joel Spears—theorobo

Gary Berkenstock—recorder



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