D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. IX (Sonatas Kk. 372-427)

D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. IX (Sonatas Kk. 372-427)
Composer Domenico Scarlatti
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 93222
EAN code 5028421932224
Release February 2007

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Born in 1685, Scarlatti spent the majority of his career in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families – with the latter appointment enabling him to devote his full attention towards composing for the harpsichord. This unusual cultural background accounts for why the Italian’s music, though contemporary with that of Bach and Handel, differs so much in comparison–Spanish dance rhythms (such as the flamenco), and folk tunes with Moorish and gypsy-like flavours, indicate that day-by-day-street life was a great source of inspiration to Scarlatti.

Written in single-movement form, the 555 works comprising the collection also reveal Scarlatti’s development of new playing techniques, including note repetitions and fast passages in parallel 3rds and 6ths, not to mention his important pioneering of structures – which in turn point to the impending emergence of the Classical style. They are performed with gusto by Pieter-Jan Belder, whose assured interpretation does full justice to this important body of late Baroque music.

Harpsichordist Pieter-Jan Belder needed seven years to record all of Scarlatti’s 555 sonatas for keyboard, but of course he succeded in this admireable task and the results are truly magnificent. This release is the ninth volume, containing the sonatas Nos. 372 - 409.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. K. 372 in G Major, Allegro
  2. K. 373 in G Minor, Presto ne fugato
  3. K. 374 in G Major, Andante
  4. K. 375 in G Major, Allegro
  5. K. 376 in B Minor, Allegro
  6. K. 377 in B Minor, Allegrissimo
  7. K. 378 in F Major, Allegro
  8. K. 379 in F Major, Minuet
  9. K. 380 in E Major, Andante commodo
  10. K. 381 in E Major, Allegro
  11. K. 382 in A Minor, Allegro
  12. K. 383 in A Minor, Allegro
  13. K. 384 in C Major, Cantabile Andante
  14. K. 385 in C Major, Allegro
  15. K. 386 in F Minor, Presto
  16. Sonata K387 F Minor, Veloce E Fugato
  17. K. 387 in F Minor, Veloce e fugato
  18. K. 388 in D Major, Presto
  19. K. 389 in D Major, Allegro

Disk 2

  1. K. 390 in G Major, Allegro
  2. K. 391 in G Major, Allegro
  3. K. 392 in B-Flat Major, Allegro
  4. K. 393 in B-Flat Major, Minuet
  5. K. 394 in E Minor, Allegro
  6. K. 395 in E Major, Allegro
  7. K. 396 in D Minor, Andante/Allegro
  8. K. 397 in D Major, Minuet
  9. K. 398 in C Major, Andante
  10. K. 399 in C Major, Allegro
  11. K. 400 in D Major, Allegro
  12. K. 401 in D Major, Allegro
  13. K. 402 in E Minor, Andante
  14. K. 403 in E Major, Allegro
  15. K. 404 in A Major, Andante
  16. K. 405 in A Major, Allegro
  17. K. 406 in C Major, Allegro
  18. K. 407 in C Major, Allegro
  19. K. 408 in B Minor, Andante
  20. K. 409 in B Minor, Allegro

Disk 3

  1. K. 410 in B-Flat Major, Allegro
  2. K. 411 in B-Flat Major, Allegro
  3. K. 412 in G Major, Allegro
  4. K. 413 in G Major, Allegro
  5. K. 414 in D Major, Allegro
  6. K. 415 in D Major, Pastorale, Allegro
  7. K. 416 in D Major, Presto
  8. K. 417 in D Minor, Fuga, Allegro moderato
  9. K. 418 in F Major, Allegro
  10. K. 419 in F Major, Più tòsto presto che allegro
  11. K. 420 in C Major, Allegro
  12. K. 421 in C Major, Allegro
  13. K. 422 in C Major, Allegro
  14. K. 423 in C Major, Presto
  15. K. 424 in G Major, Allegro
  16. K. 425 in G Major, Allegro molto
  17. K. 426 in G Minor, Andante
  18. K. 427 in G Major, Presto, quanto sia possible