Profano e Sacro, the new album by the young Belgian countertenor Dominique Corbiau, conveys you on a journey into the baroque music of Italy, exploring the vocal work of composer Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725).
Thanks to a cleverly assembled program, Profano e Sacro will allow you to get acquainted with little known works such as Gli equivoci nel Sembiante, Il Ciro, L'Amor tiranno e volubile, Griselda, La Giuditta, Il Primo Omicidio, La Vergine Addolorata and Venere, Amore e Ragione which comprise nine premieres on recording. This album reveals three aspects of the vocal art of Alessandro Scarlatti: Opera that was performed in the theater, the Oratorio that was presented in church and the Serenata, a kind of miniature opera, delivered in palaces during lavish feasts. In total: four overtures and twenty infinitely contrasting yet refined arias made of simple, immediately appealing melodies.
Superbly incarnated by the sensual and mellifluous voice of Dominique Corbiau and accompanied by the many talents of La Cetra d'Orfeo under the ever inventive and colorful baton of Michel Keustermans, Profano e Sacro, will be for many a double discovery: That of a young singer with a growing reputation, and an exciting introduction to a fascinating but seldom recorded repertoire.