D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. II (Sonatas Kk. 49-98)

D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. II (Sonatas Kk. 49-98)
Composer Domenico Scarlatti
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord

Rémy Baudet violin
David Tecchler violin
Frank Wakelkamp cello
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 99775
EAN code 5028421997759
Release April 2006

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Born in 1685, Scarlatti spent the majority of his career in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families – with the latter appointment enabling him to devote his full attention towards composing for the harpsichord. This unusual cultural background accounts for why the Italian’s music, though contemporary with that of Bach and Handel, differs so much in comparison–Spanish dance rhythms (such as the flamenco), and folk tunes with Moorish and gypsy-like flavours, indicate that day-by-day-street life was a great source of inspiration to Scarlatti.

Written in single-movement form, the 555 works comprising the collection also reveal Scarlatti’s development of new playing techniques, including note repetitions and fast passages in parallel 3rds and 6ths, not to mention his important pioneering of structures – which in turn point to the impending emergence of the Classical style. They are performed with gusto by Pieter-Jan Belder, whose assured interpretation does full justice to this important body of late Baroque music.

Harpsichordist Pieter-Jan Belder needed seven years to record all of Scarlatti’s 555 sonatas for keyboard, but of course he succeded in this admireable task and the results are truly magnificent. This release is the fourth volume, containing the sonatas Nos. 49 - 98.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. K. 49 in C Major: presto
  2. K. 50 in F Minor: allegro
  3. K. 51 in E-Flat Major: allegro
  4. K. 52 in D Minor: andante moderato
  5. K. 53 in D Major: presto
  6. K. 54 in A Minor: allegro
  7. K. 55 in G Major: allegro
  8. K. 56 in C Minor: con spirito
  9. K. 57 in B-Flat Major: allegro
  10. K. 58 in C Minor: Fuga
  11. K. 59 in F Major: allegro
  12. K. 60 in G Minor: without tempo indication
  13. K. 61 in A Minor: without tempo indication
  14. K. 62 in A Major: allegro
  15. K. 63 in G Major: Capriccio, allegro
  16. K. 64 in D Minor: Gavota, allegro
  17. K. 65 in A Major: allegro
  18. K. 66 in B-Flat Major: allegro

Disk 2

  1. K. 67 in F-Sharp Minor: allegro
  2. K. 68 in E-Flat Major: without tempo indication
  3. K. 69 in F Minor: without tempo indication
  4. K. 70 in B-Flat Major: without tempo indication
  5. K. 71 in G Major: allegro
  6. K. 72 in C Major: allegro
  7. K. 73 in C Minor: allegro-minuetto-minuetto
  8. K. 74 in A Major: allegro
  9. K. 75 in G Major: allegro
  10. K. 76 in G Minor: presto
  11. K. 77 in D Minor: moderato e cantabile, minuet
  12. K. 78 in F Major: Gigha, allegro, minuet
  13. K. 79/80 in G Major: allegrissimo, minuet
  14. K. 81 in E Minor: grave-allegro-grave-allegro (violin & basso continuo)
  15. K. 82 in F Major: without tempo indication
  16. K. 83 in A Major: alla breve, minuet
  17. K. 84 in C Minor: without tempo indication
  18. K. 85 in F Major: without tempo indication

Disk 3

  1. K. 86 in C Major: andante moderato
  2. K. 87 in B Minor: without tempo indication
  3. K. 88 in G Minor: grave-andante moderato- allegro-minuet (violin & b.c.)
  4. K. 89 in D Minor: allegro-grave-allegro (violin & b.c.)
  5. K. 90 in D Minor: grave-allegro-without tempo indication-allegro (violin & b.c.)
  6. K. 91 in G Major: grave-allegro-grave-allegro (violin & b.c.)
  7. K. 92 in D Minor: without tempo indication
  8. K. 93 in G Minor: fuga
  9. K. 94 in F Major: minuet
  10. K. 95 in C Major: without tempo indication
  11. K. 96 in D Major: allegrissimo
  12. K. 97 in G Minor: allegro
  13. K. 98 in E Minor: allegrissimo