D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. X (Sonatas Kk. 428-475)

D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. X (Sonatas Kk. 428-475)
Composer Domenico Scarlatti
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 93575
EAN code 5028421935751
Release October 2007

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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 tenth volume, containing the sonatas Nos. 428 - 475.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. K. 428 in A Major: Allegro
  2. K. 429 in A Major: Allegro
  3. K. 430 in D Major: Non presto ma a tempo di ballo
  4. K. 431 in G Major: Allegro
  5. K. 432 in G Major: Allegro
  6. K. 433 in G Major: Vivo
  7. K. 434 in D Minor: Andante
  8. K. 435 in D Major: Allegro
  9. K. 436 in D Major: Allegro
  10. K. 437 in F Major: Andante commodo
  11. K. 438 in F Major: Allegro
  12. K. 439 in B-Flat Major: Moderato
  13. K. 440 in B-Flat Major: Minuet
  14. K. 441 in B-Flat Major: Allegro
  15. K. 442 in B-Flat Major: Allegro
  16. K. 443 in D Major: Allegro
  17. K. 444 in D Major: Allegro
  18. K. 445 in F Major: Allegro, o presto
  19. K. 446 in F Major: Pastorale, Allegrissimo

Disk 2

  1. K. 447 in F-Sharp Minor: Allegro
  2. K. 448 in F-Sharp Minor: Allegro
  3. K. 449 in G Major: Allegro
  4. K. 450 in G Minor: Allegrissimo
  5. K. 451 in A Minor: Allegro
  6. K. 452 in A Major: Andante allegro
  7. K. 453 in A Major: Andante
  8. K. 454 in G Major: Andante spiritoso
  9. K. 455 in G Major: Allegro
  10. K. 456 in A Minor: Allegro
  11. K. 457 in A Minor: Allegro
  12. K. 458 in D Major: Allegro
  13. K. 459 in D Major: Allegro, presto
  14. K. 460 in C Major: Allegro
  15. K. 461 in C Major: Allegro

Disk 3

  1. K. 462 in F Minor: Andante
  2. K. 463 in F Minor: Molto allegro
  3. K. 464 in C Major: Allegro
  4. K. 465 in C Major: Allegro
  5. K. 466 in F Minor: Andante moderato
  6. K. 467 in F Minor: Allegrissimo
  7. K. 468 in F Major: Allegro
  8. K. 469 in F Major: Allegro molto
  9. K. 470 in G Major: Allegro
  10. K. 471 in G Major: Minuet
  11. K. 472 in B-Flat Major: Andante
  12. K. 473 in B-Flat Major: Allegro molto
  13. K. 474 in E-Flat Major: Andante e cantabile
  14. K. 475 in E-Flat Major: Allegrissimo