D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. III (Sonatas Kk. 99-129)

D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. III (Sonatas Kk. 99-129)
Composer Domenico Scarlatti
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 99939
EAN code 5028421999395
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. 99 - 129.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. K. 99 in C Minor: Allegro
  2. K. 100 in C Major: Allegrissimo
  3. K. 101 in A Major: Allegro
  4. K. 102 in G Minor: Allegro
  5. K. 103 in G Major: Allegrissimo
  6. K. 104 in G Major: Allegro
  7. K. 105 in G Major: Allegro
  8. K. 106 in F Major: Andante
  9. K. 107 in F Major: Allegro
  10. K. 108 in G Minor: Allegro
  11. K. 109 in A Minor: Andante adagio
  12. K. 110 in A Minor: Allegro
  13. K. 111 in G Minor: Allegro
  14. K. 112 in B-Flat Major: Allegro

Disk 2

  1. K. 113 in A Major: Allegro
  2. K. 114 in A Major: Con spirito presto
  3. K. 115 in C Minor: Allegro
  4. K. 116 in C Minor: Allegro
  5. K. 117 in C Major: Allegro
  6. K. 118 in D Major: Non presto
  7. K. 119 in D Major: Allegro
  8. K. 120 in D Minor: Allegrissimo
  9. K. 121 in G Minor: Allegrissimo
  10. K. 122 in D Major: Allegro
  11. K. 123 in E-Flat Major: Allegro
  12. K. 124 in G Major: Allegro
  13. K. 125 in G Major: Vivo

Disk 3

  1. K. 126 C Minor: (without tempo indication)
  2. K. 127 in A-Flat Major: Allegro
  3. K. 128 in B-Flat Minor: Allegro
  4. K. 129 in C Minor: Allegro
  5. K. 130 in A-Flat Major: Allegro
  6. K. 131 in B-Flat Minor: Allegro
  7. K. 132 in C Major: Cantabile
  8. K. 133 in C Major: Allegro
  9. K. 134 in E Major: Allegro
  10. K. 135 in E Major: Allegro
  11. K. 136 in E Major: Allegro
  12. K. 137 in D Major: Allegro
  13. K. 138 in D Minor: Allegro
  14. K. 139 in C Minor: Presto