Valerio Losito (viola d’amore) & Andrea Coen (harpsichord)
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There are a number of sonatas in Scarlatti’s vast output that can be categorised as ‘melo-bass 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.
“this is a good disc, in particular for lovers of Scarlatti’s music. They will certainly be interested in these 'alternative' readings of sonatas they may know pretty well. Considering the fact that music for viola d'amore isn't that often recorded, this disc is also a worthwhile addition to the catalogue of recordings with this instrument.”
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