D. Scarlatti: Violin Sonatas

D. Scarlatti: Violin Sonatas
Composer Domenico Scarlatti
Artist Capella Tiberina
Paolo Perrone baroque violin
Alexandra Nigito harpsichord
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94325
EAN code 5028421943251
Release August 2013

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Amid Domenico Scarlatti's extensive output of over 555 keyboard sonatas lie a small number of works that, given such traits such as figured bass, multi-movement structure and even bowing-like articulation, were probably originally written for solo instrument (such as violin) and continuo. In their third recording for Brilliant Classics, members of the Cappella Tiberina present a selection of these works, experimenting with different scorings which historical sources show were common throughout the Baroque repertoire – hence K78 is presented on the theorbo, while K132 is played as a harpsichord solo.

The pieces are certainly not without their technical challenges; four-part chords and uncomfortable multiple-stops suggest that K88 was probably written for mandolin, though it is here skilfully negotiated by violinist Paolo Perrone. Ranging from ambitious works to more modest ones, these continuo sonatas document a fascinating corner of the Baroque master's oeuvre and simultaneously reveal the beginnings of the soon-to-emerge Classical style. Capella Tiberina's historical interpretations offer a fresh take on this engaging music.

Other information:
- Recorded on 26–29 February 2012, Christkatholische Kirche, Möhlin, Switzerland.
- Domenico Scarlatti is the creator of an Opus Major, his 555 sonatas for the keyboard. Not all of them however are unequivocally written for keyboard solo, but contain characteristics of a trio sonata, in the writing of a figured bass and multi-movement structure. These features were ignored by the first editor of Scarlatti sonatas, Alessandro Longo, but in recent times researchers went back to the sources, and find arguments for a different interpretation.
- This recording presents several sonatas in the form of a trio sonata, with a solo violin and a continuo of harpsichord, theorbo, archlute, guitar, cello and even percussion: a fascinating re-interpretation of familiar works!
- Excellent new recording by specialists of the Historically Informed Performance Practice, all members of groups such as Concerto Italiano and Modo Antiquo.
- Contains notes on the music, artist biographies and information on the instruments used.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 89: I. Allegro
  2. Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 89: II. Grave
  3. Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 89: III. Allegro
  4. Sonata in C Minor, Kk. 73: I. Allegro
  5. Sonata in C Minor, Kk. 73: II. Minuetto
  6. Sonata in C Minor, Kk. 73: III. Minuetto
  7. Sonata in G Minor, Kk. 88: I. Grave
  8. Sonata in G Minor, Kk. 88: II. Andante moderato
  9. Sonata in G Minor, Kk. 88: III. Allegro
  10. Sonata in G Minor, Kk. 88: IV. Minuet
  11. Sonata in F Major, Kk. 78: I. Giga
  12. Sonata in F Major, Kk. 78: II. Minuetto
  13. Fuga in F Major (Kk. 82)
  14. Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 90: I. Grave
  15. Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 90: II. Allegro
  16. Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 90: III. Tarantella
  17. Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 90: IV. Allegro
  18. Minuetto in F Major (Kk. 94)
  19. Sonata in E Minor Kk. 81: I. Grave
  20. Sonata in E Minor Kk. 81: II. Allegro
  21. Sonata in E Minor Kk. 81: III. Grave
  22. Sonata in E Minor Kk. 81: IV. Allegro
  23. Sonata in C Minor, Kk. 84: I. Allegro
  24. Sonata in F Major, Kk. 85: I. Allegro
  25. Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 77: I. Moderato e cantabile
  26. Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 77: II. Minuet
  27. Sonata in C Major, Kk. 132: I. Cantabile
  28. Sonata in G Major, Kk. 91: I. Grave
  29. Sonata in G Major, Kk. 91: II. Allegro
  30. Sonata in G Major, Kk. 91: III. Grave
  31. Sonata in G Major, Kk. 91: IV. Allegro