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San Gennaro or Saint Januarius is one of over 50 Neapolitan patron saints, this one apparently associated with disasters and catastrophes. Antonio Florio and I Turchini have already brought us copious treasures from Naples on CD, but I’m afraid this one leaves my senses lukewarm. The instrumental playing makes greater appeal than the vocal contributions which sound rough-edged and not always well balanced in ensemble. Thus it is that the three beautifully crafted Domenico Scarlatti sinfonias that fare best, though the concluding section of Nicola Fago’s ‘Stabat Mater’ is affecting.

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