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Alessandro Stradella was one of the most important Italian composers of the seventeenth century. This recording presents the only two cantatas Stradella composed for Christmas, preceded by the instrumental Sonata di Viole, the earliest entirely instrumental works (i.e., unconnected to a vocal source) for the concertino-concerto grosso ensemble in the history of the genre.
The two cantatas date from the Roman period and it would be possible to assign their composition to c. 1675. Enrico Gatti is an authority on the Roman Baroque school, as attest among others his two reference recordings devoted to Arcangelo Corelli’s Opp. 3 and 5 on Arcana.
Liner notes written by Carolyn Granturco, author of the definitive monograph on the composer (Alessandro Stradella 1639-1682: His Life and Music, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994). Liner notes and librettos in Italian, English, French and German.