About this title: Roman composer Alessandro Stradella is remembered by most listeners, if at all, as a scandalous trivia item: he was knifed to death by hit men in Genoa in 1682 after sleeping with one too many married aristocratic women. From the perspective of the eighteenth century, however, his legacy was extremely important. The pioneering music writer Charles Burney owned copies of his works, which were being studied as late as 1800. This intense oratorio on the life of John the Baptist makes it easy to see why. It does not sound like ...
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