Soler: Keyboard Sonatas & Concertos for 2 Organs

Soler: Keyboard Sonatas & Concertos for 2 Organs
Composer Antonio Soler
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Maurizio Croci organ
Pieter van Dijk organ
Format 9 CD
Cat. number 95143
EAN code 5028421951430
Release March 2015

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Padre Antonio Soler must surely be one of the most original keyboard composers of the 18th century. The few surviving details of his life – including his eventual isolation in the El Escorial monastery near Madrid – have up until recently drawn a veil over his music; only now is he being discovered, with releases like this paying tribute to his extraordinary output.

Soler’s love for the solitude of his cell certainly bore fruit: he composed an astonishing 471 works throughout his 30-year career, and the strictness of his monastic environment seems to have left no trace in his compositions. On the contrary, cheerful jollity and a sunny, playful disposition characterise his music. Soler’s style is on the one hand firmly rooted in the Spanish polyphonic keyboard tradition of Cabezón, but on the other hand there is the clearly discernible influence of Italian instrumental music of the time, as musical taste changed rapidly from a

Baroque style into the more galant and Classical style. His music also often harks back to the Spanish folk music tradition giving it a typically Iberian colour.

This collection brings together all of Pieter-Jan Belder’s complete recordings of Soler’s keyboard works, which he has been releasing over the past eight years on the Brilliant Classics label, to great acclaim. Belder is a true scholar of Soler, and has used both the older Rubio edition of the works as well as Marvin’s more updated version, making this release stand out from previous Soler recordings. The collection benefits from the use of different instruments, such as the fortepiano, and the last disc features Soler’s truly extraordinary six concertos for double organ, which he apparently wrote for the Infante son of King Charles III. These are performed by renowned organists Maurizio Croci and Pieter van Dijk, who searched high and low for the perfect place to record these highly unusual works – to great effect.

The most comprehensive collection of Keyboard Works by Soler!
Padre Antonio Soler spent most of his life in the monastery of El Escorial near Madrid in his native Spain. He wrote an astonishing number of 471 sonatas for the keyboard, one-movement works in brilliant instrumental style, charming, sunny and tuneful, they may compete with the famous keyboard sonatas by his contemporary Domenico Scarlatti.
Pieter-Jan Belder made fame having recorded the complete Scarlatti Sonatas, and his Soler recordings are on the same high level of musical insight and virtuosity: a sheer delight!
As a bonus the recording is included of 6 sonatas for two organs, by renowned organists Maurizio Croci and Pieter van Dijk.

Other information:
Recorded between 2007 and 2010 in The Netherlands and Italy.
Notes on the music and artist biographies.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Fandango, R. 146
  2. Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, R. 100: Adagio – Largo
  3. Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, R. 103: Allegro presto
  4. Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, R. 117
  5. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, R. 84: Allegro
  6. Keyboard Sonata in A Minor, R. 118: Allegro
  7. Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, R. 47: Andantino
  8. Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, R. 48: Allegro
  9. Keyboard Sonata in F Major, R. 6: Presto
  10. Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, R. 115
  11. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, R. 116: Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Keyboard Sonata in D-Flat Major, R. 110: Largo cantabile
  2. Keyboard Sonata in D-Flat Major, R. 88: Allegro
  3. Keyboard Sonata in C-Sharp Minor, R. 20: Andantino
  4. Keyboard Sonata in C-Sharp Minor, R. 21: Allegro
  5. Keyboard Sonata in F-Sharp Minor R. 85: Allegretto
  6. Keyboard Sonata in F-Sharp Minor R. 90: Allegro
  7. Keyboard Sonata in A Major, R. 1: Allegro
  8. Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, R. 120: Allegro spirituoso
  9. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, R. 4: Allegro
  10. Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, R. 119: Allegro airoso
  11. Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, R. 80: Allegretto
  12. Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, R. 81: Prestissimo
  13. Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, R. 18: Cantabile
  14. Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, R. 19: Allegro moderato

Disk 3

  1. Keyboard Sonata in F Major, R. 69: Presto
  2. Keyboard Sonata in A Minor, R. 70: (Allegro)
  3. Keyboard Sonata in A Minor, R. 71: Andantino
  4. Keyboard Sonata in F Minor, R. 72: Allegro
  5. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, R. 73: Allegro
  6. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, R. 74: Andante
  7. Keyboard Sonata in F Major, R. 75: Andante
  8. Keyboard Sonata in F Major, R. 76: Allegro
  9. Keyboard Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, R. 77: Andante largo
  10. Keyboard Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, R. 78: Allegro ma non tanto

Disk 4

  1. Keyboard Sonata in F-Sharp Major, R. 79: Cantabile – Allegro
  2. Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, M. 23: Cantabile
  3. Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, M. 24: Allegro
  4. Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, M. 25: Cantabile – Andantino
  5. Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, M. 29: Allegretto
  6. Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, M. 36: Andante – Allegro
  7. Keyboard Sonata in G Minor M. 38: Allegro
  8. Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, M. 44: Andante – Allegro

Disk 5

  1. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, R. 82: Allegro
  2. Keyboard Sonata in F Major, R. 83: Allegro
  3. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, R. 86: Allegretto
  4. Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, R. 87: Allegretto
  5. Keyboard Sonata in F Major, R. 89: Allegro
  6. Keyborad Sonata in E-Flat Major, R. 2: Presto
  7. Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, R. 3: Andante
  8. Keyboard Sonata in F Major, R. 5: Allegro
  9. Keyboard Sonata in C Major, R. 7: —
  10. Keyboard Sonata in B Major, R. 11: Andantino
  11. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, R. 12: Allegro molto
  12. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, R. 13: Allegro soffribile

Disk 6

  1. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, R. 14: Allegro
  2. Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, R. 15: Allegretto
  3. Keyboard Sonata in D-Flat Major, R. 22: Cantabile andantino
  4. Keyboard Sonata in D-Flat Major, R. 23: Allegro
  5. Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, R. 24: Andantino cantabile
  6. Keyboard Sonata in F Major, R. 25: Allegro
  7. Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, R. 26: Andantino espressivo
  8. Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, R. 27: Allegro
  9. Keyboard Sonata in C Major, R. 28: Allegro
  10. Keyboard Sonata in C Major, R. 29: Allegro assai
  11. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, R. 30: Allegro moderato
  12. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, R. 31: Prestissimo
  13. Keyboard Sonata in the Doric Mode, R. 32: Allegro

Disk 7

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

Disk 8

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

Disk 9

  1. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 1 in C Major: I. Andante
  2. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 1 in C Major: II. Minué
  3. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 2 in A Minor: I. Andante
  4. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 2 in A Minor: I. Allegro
  5. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 2 in A Minor: II. Tempo de Minué
  6. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 3 in G Major: I. Andantino
  7. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 3 in G Major: II. Minué
  8. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 4 in F Major: I. Afectuoso – Andante non largo
  9. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 4 in F Major: II. Minué
  10. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 5 in A Major: I. Cantabile
  11. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 5 in A Major: II. Minué
  12. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 6 in D Major: I. Allegro – Andante – Allegro – Andante
  13. 6 Concertos for 2 Organs, R. 463, Concerto No. 6 in D Major: II. Minué