Ensemble - GLI SCARLATTISTI

The Vocal Soloists Ensemble GLI SCARLATTISTI was founded by Jochen M. Arnold in 1995. It consists of professional singers from Germany and Switzerland. GLI SCARLATTISTI are for the most part accompanied by a continuo group of four or by the baroque orchestra Capella Principale (responsible: Thorsten Bleich). Concert tours on a regular basis, recordings for different German radio stations (BR, HR Deutschlandradio Kultur and SWR) and festival performances, amongst others in Nuremberg, Torgau and Kassel, as well as the contribution to the Dt. Evangelischen Kirchentag German Protestant Church Gathering) in Hanover and Cologne illustrate the ensemble’s success. The Scarlattisti’s repertoire ranges from renaissance to modernity. A critic describes the ensemble as “Crème dela Crème in early music world in southern Germany“. New Classics (2009), a professional journal, quotes “The finely differentiated tone colors and the transparency are characteristic of the ensemble Gli Scalattisti. These qualities make for a very special listening experience.”

In 1998 the first record with Heinrich Schuetz’s Musikalische Exequien and three motets from sacred choir music (1648) was released. Subsequently Monteverdi’s Vespers for the Blessed Virgin in continuo version (1999) as well as Johann Rosenmueller’s Vesper Psalms (Vespro Veneziano) were recorded in 2001. A recording of Scarlattisti’s Stabat Mater for ten voices was published in 2006 together with Arnold’s Diptychon Secundum Iohannem (Organum Classics). It followed a publication of musical versions of psalms (Cantatas and Anthems) in Latin and in English under the slogan ‘O praise the Lord’ at Carus, which attracted also international attention. In 2010 a collective recording of all of J.S. Bach’s motets was released at Chrismon. Just recently two CDs with Hammerschmidt’s and Rosenmueller’s compositions under the slogan “Machet die Tore weit” and “Also hat Gott die Welt geliebet (For God so loved the world)” (Carus) were published. In 2013 a Crossover CD titled Schritte (paces) followed (with Dieter Falk & Sons amongst others).