DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Musical plenitude was norm to the Scarlatti family. Alessandro wrote 115 operas amongst a welter of other music, only to be upstaged by his son Domenico Scarlatti's 550 keyboard sonatas, also amongst an outpouring of other music. Alessandro was born in Palermo on 2 May 1660, died in Naples on 22 October 1725 and is honoured with stylistic development in operatic writing, and generally with the excellence of his invention and craft.
CD Spotlight. A Young Saxon's Occasional Opera - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to 'Enea in Caonia' by Hasse. 'Stefano Montanari conducts ... skilfully, mostly in support of the voices.'
Profile. Francesco Azopardi - A snippet of a Maltese classical composer, introduced by Simon Farrugia
Ensemble. Baroque Oratorios in Rome - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to selections of music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Bernado Pasquini and George Frideric Handel
Ensemble. Intensely Expressive - Italian baroque choral music, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Darkness to Light - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Ravenna Festival
CD Spotlight. Fine-honed Skill - Alessandro Scarlatti's 'Davidis pugna et victoria', heard by Robert Anderson
CD Spotlight. Diversely Experienced - Music for bassoon, harpsichord and double bass, impresses Howard Smith. '... an outright "tour de force".'