D Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas

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D Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2015

Catalogue No:

0300603BC

Discs:

2

Release date:

15th June 2015

Barcode:

0885470006031

Length:

2 hours 10 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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D Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K13 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K124 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K125 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K144 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K454 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K470 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K284 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K450 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K4 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K76 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K35 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K31 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K108 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K435 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K140 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K32 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K491 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K490 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K397 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K278 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K206 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K518 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K213 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K6 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K175 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K296 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K61 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K443 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K29 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K260 in G major

Keyboard Sonata Kdeest in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K146 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K513 in C major


Claire Huangci (piano)

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Asked what music she wanted to play on her second solo album, she shot back: "Scarlatti!". And yet Claire Huangci is known as a consummate interpreter of highly virtuosic music. But even when reviewing her debut CD of tricky Russian ballet transcriptions, Ingo Harden in Fono Forum had this to say: "Over and above the seemingly effortless and euphonious realization of her programme, her playing has an amazingly wide spectrum of nuances in touch. Even a seasoned performer with decades of experience can hardly offer us a more imaginative and colourful 'orchestra on the piano'."

Such nuances are the heart and soul of Scarlatti's sonatas. Each individual piece needs its own pulse, and its own colours, to bring it to life. Then the music reveals a whole world of joyous experimentation, expressed in the composer's 555 sonatas. Written for none other than himself and his pupil Maria Barbara, the Portuguese Infanta, they contain all that the Baroque and Classical idiom of his age had to offer – including the emulation of special guitar techniques. The self-assurance with which all these elements are juggled often leaves the listener agape.

But how is the artist to master this sheer volume of music and give her selection a meaningful structure? The young pianist writes in her introduction: "Building on that general practice, I began wondering if I could create larger music forms from his works, using individual sonatas as movements. And expanding upon that, what if I was able to present the works in a way that would show people clearly how Scarlatti formed the perfect bridge between the Baroque and Classical periods? Using the sonatas, I decided to create Baroquian Suites and Classical Sonatas, congruent with forms from each respective era."

After reviewing all the sonatas, she finalized her concept of two quite distinct CDs: "Each suite on the first CD follows basic form with an opening movement (prelude or toccata), then allemande, courante, sarabande, gigue with additional intermezzo movements such as bourrees, passepieds, gavottes, minuets, etc. CD2 used different criteria. On top of tonal continuity, it was important to show the classical side of Scarlatti, in expression, in harmonic modulation, and particularly in compositional structure (exposition, development, recapitulation)." Not that the aim is to reconstruct works that have never existed in that form. The idea is that the listener will form an impression of how the pieces are related to one another, if they are not heard in isolation. This at once builds logical bridges between movements that were previously an arbitrary sequence of individual pieces. It also demonstrates Scarlatti's versatility as a titan of the miniature, confidently poised between two eras in the creation of his own music.

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.13/L.486/P.69

Piano Sonata in G Major, K.13/L.486/P.69

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.124/L.232/P.110

Piano Sonata in G Major, K.124/L.232/P.110

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.125/L.487/P.152

Piano Sonata in G Major, K.125/L.487/P.152

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.144/P.316

Piano Sonata in G Major, K.144/P.316

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.454/L.184/P.423

Piano Sonata in G Major, K.454/L.184/P.423

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.470/L.304/P.379

Piano Sonata in G Major, K.470/L.304/P.379

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.284/L.90/P.169

Piano Sonata in G Major, K.284/L.90/P.169

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, K.450/L.338/P.422

Piano Sonata in G Minor, K.450/L.338/P.422

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, K.4/L.390/P.60

Piano Sonata in G Minor, K. 4/L.390/P.60

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, K.76/L.185/P.23

Piano Sonata in G Minor, K.76/L.185/P.23

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, K.8/L.488/P.64

Piano Sonata in G Minor, K.8/L.488/P.64

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, K.35/L.386/P.20

Piano Sonata in G Minor, K.35/L.386/P.20

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, K.31/L.231/P.19

Piano Sonata in G Minor, K.31/L.231/P.19

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, K.108/L.249/P.92

Piano Sonata in G Minor, K.108/L.249/P.92

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, K.476/L.340/P.427

Piano Sonata in G Minor, K.476/L.340/P.427

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Major, K.435/L.361/P.466

Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 435/L.361/P.466

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Major, K.140/L.107/P.127

Piano Sonata in D Major, K.140/L.107/P.127

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, K.32/L.423/P.14

Piano Sonata in D Minor, K.32/L.423/P.14

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Major, K.491/L.164/P.484

Piano Sonata in D Major, K.491/L.164/P.484

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Major, K.490/L.206/P.476

Piano Sonata in D Major, K.490/L.206/P.476

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Major, K.397/L.208/P.325

Piano Sonata in D Major, K.397/L.208/P.325

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Major, K.278/L.S15/P.434

Piano Sonata in D Major, K.278/L.S15/P.434

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in E Major, K.206/L.257/P.307

Piano Sonata in E Major, K.206/L.257/P.307

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in A Major, K.322/L.483/P.360

Piano Sonata in A Major, K.322/L.483/P.360: Allegro

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in E Major, K.135/L.224/P.234

Piano Sonata in E Major, K.135/L.224/P.234

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in F Major, K.518/L.116/P.390

Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 518/L.116/P.390

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, K.213/L.108/P.288

Piano Sonata in D Minor, K.213/L.108/P.288

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in F Major, K.6/L.479/P.62

Piano Sonata in F Major, K.6/L.479/P.62

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in A Minor, K.175/L.429/P.136

Piano Sonata in A Minor, K.175/L.429/P.136

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in F Major, K.296/L.198/P.305

Piano Sonata in F Major, K.296/L.198/P.305

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in A Minor, K.61/L.136/P.16

Piano Sonata in A Minor, K.61/L.136/P.16

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Major, K.443/L.418/P.376

Piano Sonata in D Major, K.443/L.418/P.376

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in A Major, K.208/L.238/P.315

Piano Sonata in A Major, K.208/L.238/P.315

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D Major, K.29/L.461/P.85

Piano Sonata in D Major, K.29/L.461/P.85

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.260/L.124/P.304

Piano Sonata in G Major, K.260/L.124/P.304

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, K.deest

Piano Sonata in G Minor, K.deest

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.146/L.349/P.106

Piano Sonata in G Major, K. 146/L.349/P.106

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.427/L.286/P.286

Piano Sonata in G Major, K.427/L.286/P.286

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in C Major, K.513/L.S3/P.176

Piano Sonata in C Major, K.513/L.S3/P.176

The Observer

5th July 2015

***

“Huangci’s Yamaha piano has a harpsichord-like sound that suits her pert finger staccato: there is some stunning fast playing, and the gem-like brilliance of Scarlatti’s invention shines through.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2015

“in order for Huangci to maintain balance and proportion within her superimposed larger forms, she understandably omits repeats, which avid Scarlatti connoisseurs might miss. Yet when you consider her instinctive musicality, unflappable technical command and sensitive ear for nuance, repeats hardly matter.”

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