Domenico Scarlatti: The Complete Sonatas, Vol. 1

Domenico Scarlatti: The Complete Sonatas, Vol. 1

by Richard Lester

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Domenico Scarlatti: The Complete Sonatas, Vol. 1

This four-disc set begins the reissue of a complete recording of Domenico Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas, recorded between 2000 and 2004 and originally issued on an unwieldy collection of single discs on the tiny Privilege Accord label. The complete oeuvre runs to 38 CDs, which will now be packaged in seven boxes. Some may mistrust any classical project that describes itself with the word "marathon," but the endless variety of Scarlatti's sonatas compels the skeptic to make an exception; a complete set turns up any number of deliciously bizarre pieces like the "Sonata in A minor, K. 3," from the "Essercizi per gravicembalo" (CD 1, track 3), with its cascades of five-note runs meandering out into strange chromatic lines. There are several complete sets on the market, but Lester's is the one that consistently pushes boundaries. His playing is intense, sharp, and powerfully rhythmic. Sonatas with hints of Spanish dance rhythms (or more than hints, as in the "Sonata in E major, K. 28" [CD 2, track 13]) emphasize those rhythms, and virtuoso pieces such as those published in the "Essercizi" strain forward in the fast passages. Lester uses a variety of instruments in the set, making the unorthodox decision to employ organ or fortepiano in other volumes, but here sticking to several harpsichords with a powerful, percussive tone. All these traits add up to an interpretation that portrays Scarlatti as an almost Lisztian virtuoso -- an interpretation to which his music certainly stands up. Restraint is not necessarily a virtue with this composer who combined flashy virtuosity with groundbreaking stylistic innovation.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2007
Label: Nimbus Records
UPC: 0710357172526
catalogNumber: 1725

Tracks

  1. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 1 (L. 366)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 2 (L. 388)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 3 (L. 378)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 4 (L. 390)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 5 (L. 367)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 6 (L. 479)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 7 (L. 379)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 8 (L. 488) ("Bucolic")
  9. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 9 (L. 413), "Pastorale"
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 10 (L. 370)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 11 (L. 352)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 12 (L. 489)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 13 (L. 486)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 14 (L. 387)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 15 (L. 374)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 16 (L. 397)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 17 (L. 384)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 18 (L. 416)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 19 (L. 383)
  20. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 20 (L. 375) "Capriccio"
  21. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 21 (L. 363)
  22. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 22 (L. 360)
  23. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 23 (L. 411)
  24. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 24 (L. 495)
  25. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor, K. 25 (L. 481)
  26. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 26 (L. 368)
  27. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 27 (L. 449)
  28. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 28 (L. 373)
  29. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 29 (L. 461)
  30. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 30 (L. 499) ("The Cat's Fugue")
  31. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 148 (L. 64)
  32. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 149 (L. 93)
  33. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 150 (L. 117)
  34. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 151 (L. 330)
  35. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 152 (L. 179)
  36. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 153 (L. 445)
  37. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 154 (L. 96)
  38. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 155 (L. 197)
  39. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 156 (L. 101)
  40. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 157 (L. 405)
  41. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 158 (L. 4)
  42. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 159 (L. 104) "La caccia"
  43. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 160 (L. 15)
  44. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 161 (L. 417)
  45. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 162 (L. 21)
  46. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 163 (L. 63)
  47. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 164 (L. 59)
  48. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 165 (L. 52)
  49. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 166 (L. 51)
  50. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 167 (L. 329)
  51. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 168 (L. 280)
  52. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 169 (L. 331)
  53. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 170 (L. 303)
  54. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 171 (L. 77)
  55. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 172 (L. S40)
  56. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 173 (L. 447)
  57. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 174 (L. 410)
  58. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 175 (L. 429)
  59. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 129 (L. 460)
  60. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 176 (L. 163)
  61. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 177 (L. 364)
  62. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 178 (L. 162)
  63. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 179 (L. 177)
  64. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 180 (L. 272)
  65. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 181 (L. 194)
  66. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 182 (L. 139)
  67. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 183 (L. 473)
  68. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 184 (L. 189)
  69. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 185 (L. 173)
  70. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 186 (L. 72)
  71. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 187 (L. 285)
  72. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 49 (L. 301)
  73. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 139 (L. 6)
  74. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 99 (L. 317)
  75. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 98 (L. 325)
  76. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 140 (L. 107)
  77. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 188 (L. 239)
  78. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 189 (L. 143)
  79. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 190 (L. 250)
  80. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 191 (L. 207)
  81. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 192 (L. 216)
  82. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 193 (L. 142)
  83. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 194 (L. 28)
  84. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 195 (L. S18)
  85. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 196 (L. 38)
  86. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 197 (L. 147)
  87. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 198 (L. 22)
  88. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 199 (L. 253)
  89. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 200 (L. 54)
  90. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 201 (L. 129)

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