Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 9

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Kudos to Naxos for the way it has handled its ongoing series covering Domenico's enormous body of keyboard sonatas: in a repertory only at best loosely divisible into chronological or stylistic groupings, they have opted instead to divide the sonatas up among different performers. The buyer gets to look at these miniature masterworks, which can be performed in so many different ways, through different lenses. The label has not shied away from strongly pianistic readings of the sort that were heard 50 years ago, when Scarlatti was one of the few Baroque composers known outside small circles of performers and supporting enthusiasts. This volume is by Francesco Nicolosi, an ...
See more details below
CD
$5.99
BN.com price
(Save 40%)$9.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $4.66   
  • New (4) from $4.66   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Kudos to Naxos for the way it has handled its ongoing series covering Domenico's enormous body of keyboard sonatas: in a repertory only at best loosely divisible into chronological or stylistic groupings, they have opted instead to divide the sonatas up among different performers. The buyer gets to look at these miniature masterworks, which can be performed in so many different ways, through different lenses. The label has not shied away from strongly pianistic readings of the sort that were heard 50 years ago, when Scarlatti was one of the few Baroque composers known outside small circles of performers and supporting enthusiasts. This volume is by Francesco Nicolosi, an Italian pianist who has specialized in the likes of Thalberg and Liszt, so it's no surprise it falls into the highly pianistic category. Nicolosi uses heavy dynamic contrasts and plenty of pedal. In the faster works he is given to bending the tempo a bit, especially toward the ends of phrases. Check out the "Sonata in C minor, K. 139" track 5, with distinct slowdowns on the highly progressive dominants that clearly mark out the reappearances of the tonic key. Nicolosi takes his time on these, which is one of several devices that make Scarlatti seem here like some kind of immediate predecessor to Chopin. Another is the murky pedaling in the slower pieces, several of which are quite long; the opening "Sonata in D minor, K. 52," at more than seven and a half minutes, has the feel of Liszt in one of his more Bach-obsessed moments. The good news is that Nicolosi is among the group that, in Charles Burney's words, "have now perseverance sufficient to vanquish [the] peculiar difficulties of execution" in these sonatas, and he never uses the pedal to mask any of the hand crossings or other brilliant effects. The harpsichord brings out colors in Scarlatti's work Spanish ones, for example that aren't available on the piano, but the advantage of the Naxos approach is that the buyer can sample individual discs without becoming enmeshed in the entire series, and Nicolosi's Romantic treatments are well suited to several of the pieces chosen here.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313036875
  • Catalog Number: 8570368
  • Sales rank: 255,103

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 52 (L. 267) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (7:35)
  2. 2 Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in D minor, K. 77 (L. 168) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (5:12)
  3. 3 Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 79 (L. 80) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (3:23)
  4. 4 Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 111 (L. 130) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (3:16)
  5. 5 Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 139 (L. 6) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (4:05)
  6. 6 Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 170 (L. 303) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (6:43)
  7. 7 Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 176 (L. 163) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (7:31)
  8. 8 Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 277 (L. 183) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (4:31)
  9. 9 Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 344 (L. 295) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (3:05)
  10. 10 Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 340 (L. 105) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (4:00)
  11. 11 Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 388 (L. 414) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (3:42)
  12. 12 Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 398 (L. 218) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (5:21)
  13. 13 Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 456 (L. 491) - Domenico Scarlatti & Francesco Nicolosi (2:31)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Francesco Nicolosi Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously