D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. XII (Sonatas Kk. 520-555)

D. Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas, Vol. XII (Sonatas Kk. 520-555)
Composer Domenico Scarlatti
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 93577
EAN code 5028421935775
Release October 2007

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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 twelfth and final volume, containing the sonatas Nos. 520 - 555.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. K. 520 in G Major: Allegretto
  2. K. 521 in G Major: Allegro
  3. K. 522 in G Major: Allegro
  4. K. 523 in G Major: Allegro
  5. K. 524 in F Major: Allegro
  6. K. 525 in F Major: Allegro
  7. K. 526 in C Minor: Allegro comodo
  8. K. 527 in C Major: Allegro assai
  9. K. 528 in B-Flat Major: Allegro
  10. K. 529 in B-Flat Major: Allegro
  11. K. 530 in E Major: Allegro
  12. K. 531 in E Major: Allegro
  13. K. 532 in A Minor: Allegro
  14. K. 533 in A Major: Allegro assai
  15. K. 534 in D Major: Cantabile
  16. K. 535 in D Major: Allegro

Disk 2

  1. K. 536 in A Major: Cantabile
  2. K. 537 in A Major: Prestissimo
  3. K. 538 in G Major: Allegretto
  4. K. 539 in G Major: Allegro
  5. K. 540 in F Major: Allegretto
  6. K. 541 in F Major: Allegretto
  7. K. 542 in F Major: Allegretto
  8. K. 543 in F Major: Allegro
  9. K. 544 in B-Flat Major: Cantabile
  10. K. 545 in B-Flat Major: Prestissimo
  11. K. 546 in G Minor: Cantabile
  12. K. 547 in G Major: Allegro

Disk 3

  1. K. 548 in C Major: Allegretto
  2. K. 549 in C Major: Allegro
  3. K. 550 in B-Flat Major: Allegretti
  4. K. 551 in B-Flat Major: Allegro
  5. K. 552 in D Minor: Allegretto
  6. K. 553 in D Minor: Allegro
  7. K. 554 in F Major: Allegretto
  8. K. 555 in F Minor: Allegro