Soler: Complete Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Harpsichord Sonatas)

Soler: Complete Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Harpsichord Sonatas)
Composer Antonio Soler
Artist Pieter Jan Belder harpsichord
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 93758
EAN code 5028421937588
Release January 2008

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About this release

After having scaled the musical Everest that is Domenico Scarlatti’s 555 keyboard sonatas, Pieter-Jan Belder turned his attention to Scarlatti his Spanish contemporary, Antonio Soler. Soler’s productivity was hardly less astonishing, especially as a monk at the abbey of El Escorial required to spend much of his time either in contemplation or directing the abbey’s music. In this capacity he would most likely have met Scarlatti, as the latter accompanied his royal patrons to their summer retreat at El Escorial. Soler’s keyboard sonatas are also bipartite constructions, with new twists of harmony and invention around each unexpected corner. This first volume is completed by one of the most curious of all harpsichord works, a Fandango with a slowly evolving, hypnotic effect that has more than once been compared to Ravel’s Boléro.

Additional information:
- Recorded in 2007.
- "Belder benefits from a grateful recorded sound…his playing in general is characterised by bold perkiness and energy" (Gramophone on Belder’s Scarlatti cycle).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Fandango
  2. Sonata No. 100 in C Minor : Adagio - Largo
  3. Sonata No. 103 in C Minor : Allegro Presto
  4. Sonata No. 117 in D Minor
  5. Sonata No. 84 in D Major: Allegro
  6. Sonata No. 118 in A Minor : Allegro
  7. Sonata No. 47 in C Minor : Andantino
  8. Sonata No. 48 in C Minor : Allegro
  9. Sonata No. 6 in F Major : Presto
  10. Sonata No. 115 in D Minor
  11. Sonata No. 116 in G Major : Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Sonata No. 110 in D Flat Major : Largo Cantabile
  2. Sonata No. 88 in D Flat Major : Allegro
  3. Sonata No. 20 in C Sharp Minor : Andantino
  4. Sonata No. 21 in C Sharp Minor : Allegro
  5. Sonata No. 85 in F Sharp Minor : Allegretto
  6. Sonata No. 90 in F Sharp Minor : Allegro
  7. Sonata No. 1 in A Major : Allegro
  8. Sonata No. 120 in D Minor : Allegro Spirituoso
  9. Sonata No. 4 in G Major : Allegro
  10. Sonata No. 119 in B Flat Major : Allegro Airoso
  11. Sonata No. 80 in G Minor : Allegretto
  12. Sonata No. 81 in G Minor : Prestissimo
  13. Sonata No. 18 in C Minor : Cantabile
  14. Sonata No. 19 in C Minor : Allegro Moderato