Soler: Complete Sonatas, Vol. 4 (Keyboard Sonatas)

Soler: Complete Sonatas, Vol. 4 (Keyboard Sonatas)
Composer Antonio Soler
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder fortepiano
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94107
EAN code 5028421941073
Release March 2011

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Antonio Soler was born in 1729, and received his early musical instruction from his father, a military musician in the Spanish Army. At the age of 6 he entered the Abbey of Montserrat and became a choirboy in the famous escolania. He also learned how to master the harpsichord and organ, and met Domenico Scarlatti and the singer Farinelli who were both employed by the Royal Family at the court at El Escorial. Soler taught the sons of Carlos III, and it was for the princes that he composed some of his most dazzling sonatas. Some of these works exceeded the range of many of the instruments in use at the time, and it is worth noting that Soler was in addition to being a composer, an instrument builder of some talent, and the instruments he developed could accommodate the demands his music required.

The sonatas on these CDs show Soler had moved away from the single movement sonatas of Scarlatti, and had adopted (like Haydn and Boccherini at the time) the four-movement form which became the norm for the classical sonata right up to and including the early sonatas of Beethoven. By the time Soler composed these sonatas in the 1760s, the new forte-piano had begun to make serious inroads and displace the harpsichord. This recording uses a forte-piano that enables the Alberti bass to be used to maximum effect – something a harpsichord cannot achieve.

Other information:
- Booklet note.
- New recording.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata R 91 in C, Op. 4, No. 11: I. Andantino con moto
  2. Sonata R 91 in C, Op. 4, No. 11: II. Allegro di molto
  3. Sonata R 91 in C, Op. 4, No. 11: III. Menuetto I & II
  4. Sonata R 91 in C, Op. 4, No. 11: IV. Allegro pastoril
  5. Sonata R 92 in D, Op. 4, No. 2: I. Andante con moto
  6. Sonata R 92 in D, Op. 4, No. 2: II. Presto assai
  7. Sonata R 92 in D, Op. 4, No. 2: III. Menuetto I & II
  8. Sonata R 92 in D, Op. 4, No. 2: IV. Allegro pastoril
  9. Sonata R 93 in F, Op. 4, No. 3: I. Andante amabile expressivo
  10. Sonata R 93 in F, Op. 4, No. 3: II. Allegro ma non presto
  11. Sonata R 93 in F, Op. 4, No. 3: III. Menuetto I & II
  12. Sonata R 93 in F, Op. 4, No. 3: IV. Allegro molto
  13. Sonata R 94 in G, Op. 4, No. 4: I. Andante gracioso e con moto
  14. Sonata R 94 in G, Op. 4, No. 4: II. Allegro ma non troppo
  15. Sonata R 94 in G, Op. 4, No. 4: III. Menuetto I & II
  16. Sonata R 94 in G, Op. 4, No. 4: IV. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Sonata R 95 in A, Op. 4, No. 5: I. Andante gracioso con moto
  2. Sonata R 95 in A, Op. 4, No. 5: II. Allegro espressivo non presto
  3. Sonata R 95 in A, Op. 4, No. 5: III. Menuetto I & II
  4. Sonata R 95 in A, Op. 4, No. 5: IV. Allegro pastoril
  5. Sonata R 96 in E-Flat, Op. 4, No.6: I. Andante gracioso
  6. Sonata R 96 in E-Flat, Op. 4, No.6: II. Allegro cantabile
  7. Sonata R 96 in E-Flat, Op. 4, No.6: III. Menuetto I & II
  8. Sonata R 96 in E-Flat, Op. 4, No.6: IV. Pastoral: Allegro non molto
  9. Sonata R 97 in A, Op. 8, No.1: I. Allegretto
  10. Sonata R 97 in A, Op. 8, No.1: II. Menuetto I & II
  11. Sonata R 97 in A, Op. 8, No.1: III. Rondo: Andantino con moto
  12. Sonata R 97 in A, Op. 8, No.1: IV. Allegro
  13. Sonata R 98 in B-Flat, Op. 8, No. 2: I. Allegretto
  14. Sonata R 98 in B-Flat, Op. 8, No. 2: II. (Menuet I & II)
  15. Sonata R 98 in B-Flat, Op. 8, No. 2: III. (Rondo)
  16. Sonata R 98 in B-Flat, Op. 8, No. 2: IV. (Allegro)
  17. Sonata R 99 in G, Op. 8, No. 3: I. Andantino
  18. Sonata R 99 in G, Op. 8, No. 3: II. Menuetto I & II
  19. Sonata R 99 in G, Op. 8, No. 3: III. Rondo pastoral
  20. Sonata R 99 in G, Op. 8, No. 3: IV. Allegro