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Detail from the autograph of the Cantata pastorale, 1716: Non s qual pi m'ingombra
Source: Musiksammlung der Staatsbibliothek, Berlin

Detail from the autograph score of Cantata da camera: Ombre tacite e sole, 31.10.1716
Source: British Library

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The Composer's Words
Scarlatti enjoyed the patronage of Ferdinando de' Medici in the first decade of the 18th century. The cultured prince - who supported the ambitious inventions of Bartolomeo Cristofori while he developed the 'cembalo col forte e piano' - commissioned several operas from Alessandro. The composer could not often attend to direct the productions, and he entrusted some of his ideas about his music to the prince.

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Jane Edwards (soprano)

is one of Australia's most experienced and acclaimed singers in an unusually wide range of repertoire. She appears regularly on concert platforms throughout the country, and has performed at all of the leading Australian music festivals, including Melbourne, Sydney, Huntington, Barossa, Adelaide and Perth. From 1990 to 1994, Jane was a member of The Song Company, and she is currently teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Jane has given numerous world premieres, creating the role of Milena in Michael Smetanin's The Burrow, and appearing with Synergy in Jonathan Mills' Ethereal Eye (also on ABC Classics CD). She has a formidable reputation as an interpreter of early music, in frequent collaboration with our foremost baroque experts. In addition, she regularly performs lieder and chamber repertoire in association with leading musicians including David Bollard, Marshall McGuire, David Miller and Geoffrey Lancaster.

Her solo recordings include the soundtrack for Paul Cox's film Cactus, and CDs of Martin Wesley-Smith's Boojum! and Carl Vine's The Battlers, and she can also be heard in the Oscar winning film Shine and the Gold status Swoon II Collection. Her most recent releases include the early Italian disc Salut! (March 2000 early music recording of the month for UK Classic FM), On a Poet's Lips with Marshall McGuire, and Haydn vocal works with Geoffrey Lancaster. Also awaiting release are two discs of Scarlatti cantatas with Rosalind Halton.

Career highlights include many engagements with both the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and solo appearances with the Danish National Radio Choir and Stockholm Bach Choir. She performed in the Victoria State Opera/Melbourne Festival production of Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten, toured nationally with British baroque orchestra Florilegium, sang the Soprano Evangelist in Arvo Prt's Passio, in the presence of the composer, appeared in recital within Paul Keating's lecture at the University of NSW, and performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in celebration of Peter Sculthorpe's 70th birthday.

In 2000, Jane will appear in recital for Sydney and Melbourne Festivals, Musica Viva's International City and Countrywide Series, Sydney Conservatorium, ABC Classic FM, Elder Conservatorium and WA's Blackwood River Festival, in performances of St John Passion for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Haydn's Harmoniemesse for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Bach Cantatas with the Australian Bach Ensemble, and in collaborations with Salut!, Sirius Ensemble and the Ecclective Collective. She will also continue recording projects for ABC Classics and Artworks.

Jane Edwards

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