D. Scarlatti: Viola d’amore Sonatas

D. Scarlatti: Viola d’amore Sonatas
Composer Domenico Scarlatti
Artist Valerio Losito viola d'amore
Andrea Coen harpsichord
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94242
EAN code 5028421942421
Release September 2011

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About this release

There are a number of sonatas in Scarlatti’s vast output that can be categorised as ‘melobass sonata’. The combination in these of a monodic, figured bass and a highly linear upper part has had contemporary scholars look afresh and consider if these works were intended not for solo harpsichord but for a combination of keyboard and a high melodic instrument. These are delightful reconstructions of what ‘might have been’ and present these solo keyboard sonatas in a new light.

It is possible that Scarlatti knew Vivaldi’s concertos for viola d’amore, and some of Vivaldi’s techniques appear to have been appropriated by Scarlatti, and his polyphonic writing makes full use of the instruments resonances. Certainly the writing fits the viola d’amore very well -especially K88.

OTHER INFORMATION:
- Booklet notes.
- Period instruments.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata in D Minor, K 90: I. Grave
  2. Sonata in D Minor, K 90: II. Allegro
  3. Sonata in D Minor, K 90: III. [Allegro]
  4. Sonata in D Minor, K 90: IV. Allegro
  5. Sonata in G, K 91: I. Grave
  6. Sonata in G, K 91: II. Allegro
  7. Sonata in G, K 91: III. Grave
  8. Sonata in G, K 91: IV. Allegro
  9. Sonata in C Minor, K 73: I. Allegro
  10. Sonata in C Minor, K 73: II. Minuetto [Primo e Secondo]
  11. Sonata in F, K 78: I. Giga
  12. Sonata in F, K 78: II. [Minuetto]
  13. Sonata in D Minor, K 77: I. Moderato e cantabile
  14. Sonata in D Minor, K 77: II. Minuet
  15. Sonata in G, K 79 (for solo harpsichord): Allegrissimo
  16. Sonata in G, K 80: Minuet
  17. Sonata in D Minor, K 88: I. Grave
  18. Sonata in D Minor, K 88: II. Andante moderato
  19. Sonata in D Minor, K 88: III. [Gavotta] Allegro
  20. Sonata in D Minor, K 88: IV. Minuet
  21. Sonata in D Minor, K 89: I. Allegro
  22. Sonata in D Minor, K 89: II. Grave
  23. Sonata in D Minor, K 89: III. Allegro