Scarlatti, D: Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

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Scarlatti 4: Pierre Hantaï

Scarlatti 4: Pierre Hantaï


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K45 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K133 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K144 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K201 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K204a in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K212 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K247 in C sharp minor

Keyboard Sonata K279 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K302 in C minor

Keyboard Sonata K381 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K402 in E minor

Keyboard Sonata K403 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K405 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K456 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K457 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K533 in A major


Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord)

A fourth volume of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonatas from the doyen of French harpsichordists, Pierre Hantaï, of whom Gramophone said: "an astonishing display of dexterity in which the harpsichord he uses (a 1999 copy of an anonymous Thuringian instrument of 1720) and the acoustic help in preserving total clarity. Even at maximum velocity (did Scarlatti and his pupil reach such speeds?) he manages to shape his phrases with micro-second dwellings.

It isn't only the speedy sonatas that are impressive; Kk208 exemplifies his skilful shifts to either side of the pulse in giving the lines a natural 'vocal' quality. It also illuminates Kk185, 310, 199 and 162, in the last of which it's more evident in the playful quicker 'interludes'. The irresistible disc is splendidly annotated by Hantaï and beautifully packaged.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Hantai responds sensitively to the myriad expressive nuances of these single-movement Sonatas, overlooking none of their subtleties and underlining their striking affective contrasts.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2016 *****

“Hantaï shows what can be achieved by a virtuoso who commands perfect technical control in which nothing is rushed or scrambled, a touch at the keys from which every note speaks clearly, and an emotional eloquence in which melodies sing and a subtle strategy of spread chords, hesitations, accents, displacements and articulations leads your ear to the music’s important notes, harmonies and rhythms” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

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Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas

Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K417 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K159 in C major 'La caccia'

Keyboard Sonata K56 in C minor

Keyboard Sonata K213 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K125 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K373 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K119 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K69 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K425 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K29 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K99 in C minor

Keyboard Sonata K12 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K479 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K318 in F sharp major

Keyboard Sonata K141 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K32 in D minor


With the 2005 release of his first recording for BIS Records, Yevgeny Sudbin catapulted into the pages of the international music press. The disc was a Scarlatti recital that prompted reviewers worldwide to compare the then 24-year old pianist in the most flattering terms to Scarlatti experts such as Horowitz and Pletnev. It went on to receive a long list of distinctions, including an Editor's Choice in Gramophone, where the accompanying review described it as 'among the finest, certainly most enjoyable of all Scarlatti recitals'. Since then, Sudbin and BIS have enjoyed a highly successful collaboration, resulting in numerous acclaimed recordings of both solo programmes and concertos. To celebrate the past 10 years, a new Scarlatti recording seemed the obvious choice for an anniversary present - to ourselves, and of course to all Sudbin fans and Scarlatti lovers. Said and done: Sudbin met up with Marion Schwebel, the recording producer with whom he has collaborated from the very beginning, for recording sessions in the silken acoustics of St George's in Bristol. The results can be heard on this new disc: 18 sonatas selected from the total of 555 - a collection of a striking, even bewildering, variety. Through it all, Sudbin guides us with authority but also obvious relish as he brings to life elements which his own liner notes describes as 'church bells and gunshots (K119), howls in the streets (K479), trumpets appearing on the horizon (K159), head-spinning dances (K425) but also a wonderful sense of humour (K125) - as well scenes as melancholic, lean and desiccated as a sun-baked Mediterranean landscape (K99).'

“Sudbin makes no apology for using the full tonal resources that a modern Steinway can offer in works composed for the harpsichord; playing the sonatas on a piano, he says, is effectively equivalent to making piano transcriptions of the originals, and the range of keyboard colour and pedal effects he conjures up for his selection is consistently dazzling.” The Guardian, 30th March 2016 ****

“He shares with Horowitz an ability to conjure up landscapes and narratives within these sonatas, so vividly and intensely are they etched.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

“Long immersed in Scarlatti’s music, Sudbin is an ardent advocate, his fearless Russian-school technique making light weather of even the most breakneck writing: rhythms are crisp and buoyant; virtuoso passagework is dashed off with devil-may-care abandon. This is impressive playing, by any standards” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 ****

“He provides a masterclass in contemporary pianism and, more pertinently, he finds unexpected colours and depths in these sonatas” Early Music Today, September 2016 *****

GGramophone Awards 2016

Finalist - Instrumental

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Disc of the Month - April 2016

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Lucas Debargue plays Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt & Ravel

Lucas Debargue plays Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt & Ravel


Chopin:

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 47: No. 3 - Melody

Liszt:

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Ravel:

Gaspard de la Nuit

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K24 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K132 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K141 in D minor

Schubert:

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor


Lucas Debargue (piano)

The most-talked about artist of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition created huge excitement and world-wide media attention with his riveting background and “genius-like playing” (Boris Berezovksy). Debargue, who is 25, started the piano late at 11 years old, learning mostly in isolation. After dropping the instrument for three years to play in a rock band and study literature, he started formal piano training aged 20. Placed 4th, he was described by media as “the real winner” of the competition and received the Music Critics’ Association award as “the pianist whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience.” Valery Gergiev, the competition’s chairman, broke protocol by letting Debargue play in the winners’ gala and not prizewinner Dmitry Masleev. Lucas Debargue's debut album is a live recording at the Salle Cortot in Paris and documents his first concert in his hometown after the competition. The centrepiece of his first recording is Ravel’s monumentally challenging Gaspard de la nuit. One of the most difficult piano pieces in the repertoire, which Debargue performed to sensational acclaim during the second round of the competition. “It’s a great spiritual work. It’s like a Goya painting, filled with light and darkness.” The recording also includes four coruscating sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti; Chopin’s emotionally intense Ballade No. 4; Liszt’s devilish Mephisto Waltz; and smaller works by Grieg (Lyric Pieces op. 47 no. 3, “Melody”) and Schubert (Moment musical op. 94 no. 3). Debargue says, “I chose the repertoire to go from early Scarlatti to Ravel, with a wonderful romantic bridge of Chopin and Liszt to go between them".

“The recital’s centrepiece is Gaspard de la nuit in a remarkable reading that exudes drama, colour and atmosphere. Pacing in ‘Ondine’ is apt, building to the nymph’s feigned tears and bitter laughter as she disappears into the lake. The sheer desolation conjured in ‘Le gibet’ is all the more palpable for its understatement, the barely audible but incessant bell suggesting incipient madness” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

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Alexandre Tharaud plays Scarlatti

Alexandre Tharaud plays Scarlatti


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K239 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K72 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K29 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K132 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K430 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K20 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K481 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K514 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K64 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K32 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K141 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K472 in B flat major

Keyboard Sonata K3 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K431 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor


“I love the extravagance, the sunny glow, the light touch of Scarlatti,” says French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, whose second Virgin Classics release is a collection of the composer’s captivating and adventurous keyboard sonatas. His first release, the Chopin recital Journal intime was described by The Guardian as “altogether breathtakingly beautiful”.

“Listening to Mr. Tharaud's crisply articulated and vividly etched playing, a listener might guess that he is a Baroque specialist who, for some reason, prefers the modern piano to the harpsichord. But … Baroque music is only one of his interests,” wrote the New York Times in 2005.

In typically imaginative fashion, Tharaud combined early Romanticism with the Baroque over the 2009-10 season when he toured a recital programme of works by Chopin – the subject of Virgin Classics release, Journal intime – and selections from Domenico Scarlatti’s canon of 555 keyboard sonatas.

“I love the extravagance, the sunny glow, the light touch of Scarlatti, who shares with Chopin a precise sense for ornamentation, a culture of beauty in sound and an intimate rapport with the audience,” he says.

Tharaud’s previous exploration of the Baroque repertoire has focused on composers such as Couperin and Rameau, whose music is rarely heard on the modern piano. The tradition of Scarlatti on the piano is much more firmly established – Vladimir Horowitz, for instance, would often include his music in recitals – but Tharaud draws inspiration from developments in historically informed performance over the past 30 years. As he told the French magazine Télérama: “I am not sure that authenticity is conferred by a specific instrument, but rather in the way new life is imbued into this music … Baroque musicians have taught us to approach tempi and ornamentation with a sense of freedom, even audacity.”

Scarlatti, born in Naples, spent more than 30 years of his life serving the royal families of Portugal and Spain and died in Madrid. His sonatas are concise, captivating one-movement works in binary form, often adventurous in their use of harmony and modulation, and frequently inhabited by the exotic spirit of Iberian folk music.

“Whether on a broad canvas or on a miniature one, Tharaud’s feel for tonal colouring and his eloquence of expression are a perfect match for this inspiring, kaleidoscopic music.” That praise from the Daily Telegraph could almost apply to works by Scarlatti, but in fact came from a review of Tharaud’s Chopin album, Journal intime. More specific in its frame of reference was The Guardian’s comment on the Chopin disc: “Alexandre Tharaud explores a huge emotional range in his Journal intime, including the most thrilling and propulsive first ballade since Michelangeli's version, with a deeply intense C sharp minor nocturne at the heart. Tharaud lifts the music across the bar-lines with deft rubato, his sound clear, shining and sensuous; altogether breathtakingly beautiful.”

“Tharaud's attention to musical detail is, as ever, combined with total spontaneity. The recorded sound adds warmth and this is a wonderfully original reimagining of repertory and instrument.” The Observer, 30th January 2011

“The biggest surprise on this wonderfully exuberant and exhilarating disc comes with the very first notes: the piano tone is rich and full...There's never a dull moment, and Tharaud's range of touch and colour, and his sheer enthusiasm, shine through every jewel-like piece.” The Guardian, 3rd February 2011 *****

“The fact that Scarlatti used the same two-part structural template for all his sonatas is camouflaged by his vast imaginative range, a fertile mind that Tharaud taps and illuminates absorbingly in this recital...The diversity is captivating and Tharaud is a consummate master of it.” The Telegraph, 11th February 2011 *****

“if Tharaud is evidently aware of the stylistic insights afforded by the scholarly diggings of the past few decades, he's unrepentantly pianistic in his approach...Tharaud's is playing with personality, revelling in Scarlatti's playful inventiveness and pungent harmonic daring.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 *****

“The range is extraordinary, from the almost casual, plaintive charm of the K132, with its elegant trills and thoughtful progressions, to the dashing Iberian brilliance of the K420, and the more virtuosic manner of the K72 - three wildly differing explorations of the key of C major, handled with a deft, easy grace and an appropriate dash of wit.” The Independent, 18th February 2011 ****

“Tharaud’s choices make for an exhilarating rollercoaster ride between dizzying feats of heady bravura and more gentle moments where introspection and quasi-operatic cantabile playing are required...The playing and musicianship of this young Frenchman are dazzling throughout.” Sunday Times, 27th February 2011 *****

“Tharaud commands an impressive range of timbres and articulations with a crisp technique which enables him to express melodic tenderness as tellingly as hard-edged brilliance and clarity.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2011

“The tipsy downward flourishes which interrupt the singing line of K132 suggest Tharaud improvising dreamily in a tapas bar. Best of all is the tiny two-minute aria which forms K32, a gorgeous moment of calm which hints at what Bach’s keyboard music might have sounded like had he lived in warmer climes. The close-up recording adds to the fun.” Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 7th May 2011

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - March 2011

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Scarlatti - Harpsichord Sonatas & Fugues

Scarlatti - Harpsichord Sonatas & Fugues


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K1 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K2 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K3 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K209 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K212 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K213 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K214 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K146 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K532 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K462 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K463 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K533 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K28 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K29 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K30 in G minor 'Cat's Fugue'


Tomoko Matsuoka (harpsichord)

Thrilling and full of intense passion, these are the qualities of the 16 sonatas by the great Italian-born composer Domenico Scarlatti. Tomoko Matsuoko relishes in the technical challenges of these sonatas; challenges that were once daunting to Scarlatti’s contemporaries. The wonderful sounds she elicits on the authentic Neuchâtel Ruckers instrument illustrate why this young lady is one of the world’s most sought after concert harpsichordists.

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Guitar Recital: Goran Krivokapic

Guitar Recital: Goran Krivokapic

First Prize: 2004 Guitar Foundation of America Competition


Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV1005

(trans. Goran Krivokapic)

Bogdanovic:

Sonata No. 2 for Guitar

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K162 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K209 in A major

Werthmüller:

Guitar Sonata in A major, Op. 17

(trans. Franz Pfeifer)


Goran Krivokapic (guitar)

“Rarely have I heard such remarkable fluency and lightness. Rarely have I heard a guitar “sing” with such sonority…. fireworks of technical challenges [are] executed by Goran Krivokapic with almost casual ease and elegance…. I am already looking forward to hearing more [of] Goran Krivokapic’s playing.” MusicWeb International

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Aldo Ciccolini

Aldo Ciccolini


Albéniz:

Cadiz (from Suite Española, Op. 47)

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Orchestre National de la RTF, Georges Sebastian

Chabrier:

Pièces pittoresques (excerpts)

Clementi:

Piano Sonata in G minor

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de España

Orchestre National de la RTF, Roberto Benzi

Granados:

Goyescas: Quejas ó La Maja y el Ruiseñor

Liszt:

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

Mendelssohn:

4 Songs without Words

Rossini:

Une caresse à ma femme

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Schubert:

Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2


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Ten Hundred Devils

Ten Hundred Devils

Keyboard Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K200 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K19 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K1 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor

Keyboard Sonata K32 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K239 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K213 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K365 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K377 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K426 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K449 in G major


Katia Braunschweiler (piano)

One of the greatest keyboard legacies of all was left by Domenico Scarlatti who, like Bach and Handel, was born in 1685 – the fact that it is one of the most important, an oeuvre whose influence extended all the way to composers of the 20th century, can’t be repeated often enough. But the music itself is more eloquent than any words, particularly in a performance as masterful as the one offered by Swiss pianist Katia Braunschweiler in her GENUIN debut release. She serves up these miniature gems with great care, tonal beauty, and loving attention to detail – an ideal ambassador for the virtuoso and strikingly modern sonatas that tell of Scarlatti’s Italian homeland and his love for his adopted home of Spain.

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Bach, Roman, Scarlatti, Telemann & Weiss: Works Arranged for Guitar

Bach, Roman, Scarlatti, Telemann & Weiss: Works Arranged for Guitar


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

(arr. for guitar)

Roman:

Assaggio in G minor

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Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

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Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

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Keyboard Sonata K332 in B flat major

(arr. for guitar)

Telemann:

Fantasia for solo violin No. 1 in B flat major, TWV 40:14

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Fantasia for solo violin No. 7 in E flat major, TWV 40:20

(arr. for guitar)

Weiss, S:

Ciaconna

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Enea Leone (guitar)

In the course of the 18th century, and in almost all ofEurope, the lute, the main instrument of the 16th century, gradually decliption was for the German-speaking countries, where still, on the threshold of the 19th century, it was widespread in chamber ensembles and as a solo instrument. The outstanding figure in this late season was Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750), born in Grottkau, the Habsburg city today is known as Grodkow and situated in Poland. His first teacher was his father, Johann Jacob, a capable musician.

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Domenico Scarlatti: 16 Sonatas

Domenico Scarlatti: 16 Sonatas


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K420 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K513 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K461 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K159 in C major 'La caccia'

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K209 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K216 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K115 in C minor

Keyboard Sonata K146 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K544 in B flat major

Keyboard Sonata K545 in B flat major

Keyboard Sonata K361 in B flat major

Keyboard Sonata K490 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K491 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K492 in D major


Ton Koopman (harpsichord)

Capriccio Encore is a series of re-releases of the most famous recordings from Capriccio’s back catalogue, fully re-mastered and competitively priced. The legendary recordings of artists such as Sandor Végh, Ton Koopman, Sir Neville Marriner and the Vienna Boys’ Choir also contain repertoire highlights that have a particularly special appeal, from the baroque to the present day. This installment in the series features Ton Koopman performing Domenico Scarlatti’s sixteen keyboard sonatas. Born in The Netherlands, Ton Koopman had a classical education and studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam. He received the Prix d’Excellence for both instruments. He became fixated on Baroque music, and soon became a figure in the “authentic performance” movement, making him perfectly suited to record these pieces.

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