D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. VI (Sonatas Kk. 230-269)

D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. VI (Sonatas Kk. 230-269)
Composer Domenico Scarlatti
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 92455
EAN code 5028421924557
Release April 2006

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About this release

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 fourth volume, containing the sonatas Nos. 230 - 269.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. K. 230 in C Minor: allegro
  2. K. 231 in C Major: allegro
  3. K. 232 in E Minor: andante
  4. K. 233 in E Minor: allegro
  5. K. 234 in G Minor: andante
  6. K. 235 in G Major: allegro
  7. K. 236 in D Major: allegro
  8. K. 237 in D Major: allegro
  9. K. 238 in F Minor: andante
  10. K. 239 in F Minor: allegro
  11. K. 240 in G Major: allegro
  12. K. 241 in G Major: allegro
  13. K. 242 in C Major: Vivo
  14. K. 243 in C Major: allegro

Disk 2

  1. K. 244 in B Major: allegro
  2. K. 245 in B Major: allegro
  3. K. 246 in C-Sharp Minor: allegro
  4. K. 247 in C-Sharp Minor: allegro
  5. K. 248 in B-Flat Major: allegro
  6. K. 249 in B-Flat Major: allegro
  7. K. 250 in C Major: allegro
  8. K. 251 in C Major: allegro
  9. K. 252 in E-Flat Major: allegro
  10. K. 253 in E-Flat Major: allegro
  11. K. 254 in C Minor: allegro
  12. K. 255 in C Major: allegro
  13. K. 256 in F Major: andante
  14. K. 257 in F Major: allegro

Disk 3

  1. K. 258 in D Major: andante
  2. K. 259 in G Major: andante
  3. K. 260 in G Major: allegro
  4. K. 261 in B Major: allegro
  5. K. 262 in B Major: Vivo
  6. K. 263 in E Minor: andante
  7. K. 264 in E Major: Vivo
  8. K. 265 in a Minor: allegro
  9. K. 266 in B-Flat Major: andante
  10. K. 267 in B-Flat Major: allegro
  11. K. 268 in A Major: allegro
  12. K. 269 in A Major: allegro