Forces: voice, 2 violins & continuo
‘Non sò qual più m’ingombra’: the first published modern edition with parts of ‘the other’ Christmas solo cantata, based, with kind permission, on the autograph score in the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.
The low soprano range of the vocal part lends itself to performance by various voice types, e.g. mezzo soprano or countertenor. The work opens with a masterly accompanied recitative on the wonder of the Christmas story. The two arias beautifully contrast Scarlatti’s most ornate ‘modern’ style with the simplicity of the final Siciliano, with its message of peace to the whole world.
Editor: Rosalind Halton