Alessandro Scarlatti: Concerti da Camera




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ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI: CONCERTI DA CAMERA  provides charming chamber concertos for recorder, violins and continuo, and a ravishing string sonata.

This album gives baroque music lovers the great and rare pleasure of seeing Scarlatti having fun.
The gems on this album showcase the playful and sprightly mood of Scarlatti’s instrumental explorations. He becomes by turns funny, modest, and flexible, celebrating the recorder and letting it develop different relationships with each of the other instruments.
The result here is a sparkling, delightful album, full of subtle interplay between members of a warm and experienced ensemble.



Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, Allegro

Sonata No. 24 in G Minor, Allegro, Largo

Sonata No. 21 in A Minor, Andante




“The playing on this disc is quite simply in a class of its own; each of the performers is renowned in his or her own right, and together they produce an amazingly fluid response to Alessandro Scarlatti’s Concerti da Camera… all are beautifully conceived and executed with just the right amount of rubato, ornamentation, and style…. All recorder players should certainly have this, and fiddle players, too – you rarely hear such perfect unison playing from two soloists!”

– Early Music Review, March 2000


* * * * * – 5 stars – Highest rating
“Musica Pacifica [gives] exceptionally precise and tasteful performances with a natural sense of ornamentation and a rhythmic articulation which is impressively neat. This ensemble emphasises the elegance and charm inherent in the music.”

– Classic CD, June 2000


CD of the Month
“Superbly played, like true chamber music, with transparency and filigree. This is real ‘concertizing’ with one another, without soloists, and that’s what makes it so utterly fun to listen to.”

Alte Musik Aktuell, Regensburg, Germany, April 2000


“Musica Pacifica play[s] with considerable elegance and an enviable naturalness of ensemble. The recorder playing of Judith Linsenberg is deft and stylish and does not resort to unnecessary mannerism…. Congratulations to Musica Pacifica for a CD of significant music, enterprisingly programmed and impressively performed.”

– The Recorder Magazine (UK), Summer 2000


“Musica Pacifica’s spirited, stylish recording makes a persuasive case for these concerti da camera…. Judith Linsenberg’s stylish, lissom and incisive recorder playing lends much charm and often much sparkle to the sonatas of 1725, and her subtle shadings and extempore ornamentation are a delight. She is admirably supported throughout by a vital, refined and well-articulated contribution by the string group.”

– The Strad, April 2000


* * * * 1/2 – 4 1/2 stars
“A good source for Scarlatti’s instrumental music is Musica Pacifica’s Concerti da camera. The playing is unusually warm, especially given the accuracy of ensemble and intonation.”

Classical Pulse!, July 2000


* * * * – 4 stars
“[Musica Pacifica’s] playing is very passionate and convincing, reflecting an elegance and balance between the parts and doing justice to the ingenuity with which these sonatas were composed.”

— Goldberg Magazine, August-October 2000


* * * * * – 5 stars – Highest rating
“By turns languorous and affectful and irresistibly sparkling… their elegant, stylish, and thankfully unmannered performances are all one could wish.”

 Goldberg Magazine (Spain)


“It is a testament to Musica Pacifica’s sprightly, effervescent performances that this recording is so enjoyable. The ensemble’s thoughtful attention to phrasing, voicing, and texture… make the whole of Scarlatti’s concerti da camera much more than the sum of their parts. I look forward to hearing more from Musica Pacifica.”

– Early Music America Magazine, Summer 2000


“Musica Pacifica’s recording of [Scarlatti’s Concerti da Camera] is a wonderful addition to the recorder discography… a superb vehicle for recorderist Judith Linsenberg and her colleagues. Readers are urged to buy this disc!”

– American Recorder, March 2000


“[These pieces] demonstrate brilliant instrumental writing that is nicely enhanced by the performers, notably, by the recorder playing of Judith Linsenberg.”

Le Monde de la Musique (France), April 2000


“Well before Judith Linsenberg, Frans Brüggen recorded the F major [Scarlatti concerto]. The comparison is not unfavorable for the American! Clear phrases, a delicate sound, supported by a refined and elegant basso continuo. The strings are clear and precise and the voices well delineated in the fugues.”

– Diapason (France), January 2000



Judith Linsenberg, recorder
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
Ingrid Matthews, violin
George Thomson, viola
Claire Garabedian, ‘cello
Michael Eagan, archlute
Byron Schenkman, harpsichord/organ



Flute Sonata No. 2 in A Minor:
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Fuga
IV. Piano – Largo
V. Allegro

Flute Sonata No. 7 in G Minor:
I. Allegro
II. Fuga
III. Largo
IV. Allegro

Flute Sonata No. 1 in D Major:
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Fuga
IV. Largo
V. Allegro

Toccata in G Minor

Flute Sonata No. 4 in A Minor:
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Veloce
IV. Lento

Sonata No. 4 in D Minor:
I. Allegro
II. Grave
III. Allegro
IV. Minuet

Flute Sonata No. 5 in A Major:
I. Allegro
II. Fuga
III. Adagio
IV. Andante

Toccata in D Minor

Sonata for 2 Flutes in F Major:
I. (Allegro)
II. Allegro
III. Grave
IV. Allegro

Sinfonie di Concerto Grosso No. 12 in C Minor:
I. Moderato
II. Fuga
III. Largo
IV. Andante
V. Andante