Platti: Complete Music for Harpsichord and Organ

Platti: Complete Music for Harpsichord and Organ
Composer Giovanni Benedetto Platti
Artist Stefano Molardi harpsichord & organ
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 95518
EAN code 5028421955186
Release May 2018

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18 keyboard sonatas from a little-known yet individual voice in the rapidly developing era between Bach and Mozart: music on the cusp of revolution.

Having recorded for Brilliant Classics the complete organ music of J.S. Bach (15CD, BC95105) and Kuhnau (BC95089, 3CD), the Italian organist and keyboard performer has turned his attention to the less-familiar output of Giovanni Benedetto Platti (1697-1763). As his dates might imply, Platti’s career and music bridged the evolution from Baroque to Classical idioms, much in the same manner as Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel did, and with a comparable brilliance of invention. The influence of Italian Baroque masters such as Corelli, Vivaldi and Marcello is plain to hear in the the sprightly cast of his quick melodies and their working out over a solid ground bass. However, Platti was also acclaimed as a singing teacher, as well as being a renowned singer in his own right. Many passages in his sonatas are endowed with a native Italian lyricism of opera, though in fact Platti left Venice for Germany in 1722 and established himself at a royal court in Würzburg.

Platti’s long career in Germany left its mark on his music in terms of harmonic and formal innovation: many movements in these sonatas take unpredictable detours into remote keys, and the slow movements such as the Larghetto aria of the Second are cast in a plaintive, melancholy mood that bears passing resemblance to the slow dances in the English Suites of Bach.

This reconciliation of Venetian Baroque with nascent bel canto and German rationalism makes Platti’s sonatas an object example of the stile galante which is gaining ever more attention on record thanks to the rediscovery of many hitherto unheard works in the modern age. Stefano Molardi performs them on this album with three different instruments according to the character of each work: a German-model fretted clavichord, a harpsichord built on a 17th-century Italian model, and a 1713 organ by Giuseppe Bonatti, to be found in the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Valverde in the province of Brescia.

Giovanni Benedetto Platti successfully bridged the worlds of the Baroque and Classicism. A remarkably versatile musician, performing as a keyboard player, cellist, oboist, violinist and singer, he wrote in a wide range of different genres and styles, in Venetian bel canto tradition, fusing baroque elements with the elegance and simplicity of the emerging Stile Galante.
This new recording presents the complete recording of the 18 Sonatas for the keyboard. The type of instrument is not always indicated, they could be played on the harpsichord, spinet, clavichord or organ. Essential in the performing practice is the use of free improvisation and use of ornamentation, the use of the “affetti” and general expression of the human emotions.
Played by Stefano Molardi on a 1713 historic Bonatti organ, and an Italian harpsichord made by Facchini, based on a 17th century model. Molardi is one of the foremost organist of Italy, specializing in Early Music. He already issued highly acclaimed CD’s for Brilliant Classics, the complete organ works by J.S. Bach, Kuhnau and Bach sons, receiving 5-star reviews and nominated for the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata VIII in C Minor, Op. 4 No. 2: I. Fantasia allegro
  2. Sonata VIII in C Minor, Op. 4 No. 2: II. Adagio
  3. Sonata VIII in C Minor, Op. 4 No. 2: III. Allegro
  4. Sonata VIII in C Minor, Op. 4 No. 2: IV. Allegro
  5. Sonata II in C Major, Op. 1 No. 2: I. Adagio
  6. Sonata II in C Major, Op. 1 No. 2: II. Allegro
  7. Sonata II in C Major, Op. 1 No. 2: III. Aria larghetto
  8. Sonata II in C Major, Op. 1 No. 2: IV. Allegro
  9. Sonata III in F Major, Op. 1 No. 3: I. Non tanto allegro
  10. Sonata III in F Major, Op. 1 No. 3: II. Sarabanda adagio
  11. Sonata III in F Major, Op. 1 No. 3: III. Minuet
  12. Sonata III in F Major, Op. 1 No. 3: IV. Trio
  13. Sonata III in F Major, Op. 1 No. 3: V. Minuet
  14. Sonata III in F Major, Op. 1 No. 3: VI. Giga allegro assai
  15. Sonata IV in G Minor, Op. 4 No. 4: I. Largo
  16. Sonata IV in G Minor, Op. 4 No. 4: II. Presto e alla breve
  17. Sonata IV in G Minor, Op. 4 No. 4: III. Adagio
  18. Sonata IV in G Minor, Op. 4 No. 4: IV. Non tanto allegro
  19. Sonata IX in G Major, Op. 4 No. 3: I. Allegro
  20. Sonata IX in G Major, Op. 4 No. 3: II. Andantino
  21. Sonata IX in G Major, Op. 4 No. 3: III. Allegro assai

Disk 2

  1. Sonata XII in C Major, Op. 4 No. 6: I. Non tanto allegro
  2. Sonata XII in C Major, Op. 4 No. 6: II. Larghetto
  3. Sonata XII in C Major, Op. 4 No. 6: III. Polonaise
  4. Sonata XII in C Major, Op. 4 No. 6: IV. Allegro
  5. Sonata I in D Major, Op. 1 No. 1: I. Adagio
  6. Sonata I in D Major, Op. 1 No. 1: II. Allegro
  7. Sonata I in D Major, Op. 1 No. 1: III. Largo
  8. Sonata I in D Major, Op. 1 No. 1: IV. Presto
  9. Sonata VI in E Major, Op. 1 No. 6: I. Adagio
  10. Sonata VI in E Major, Op. 1 No. 6: II. Allegretto
  11. Sonata VI in E Major, Op. 1 No. 6: III. Grave
  12. Sonata VI in E Major, Op. 1 No. 6: IV. Minuet con variazioni
  13. Sonata V in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 5: I. Larghetto e staccato
  14. Sonata V in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 5: II. Non tanto allegro
  15. Sonata V in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 5: III. Siciliana
  16. Sonata V in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 5: IV. Presto
  17. Sonata XV in F Major: I. Adagio
  18. Sonata XV in F Major: II. Allegro
  19. Sonata XV in F Major: III. Menuet
  20. Sonata XV in F Major: IV. Trio
  21. Sonata XV in F Major: V. Allegro
  22. Sonata XIV in C Major: I. Allegro
  23. Sonata XIV in C Major: II. Andantino
  24. Sonata XIV in C Major: III. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Sonata XI in C Minor, Op. 4 No. 5: I. Adagio
  2. Sonata XI in C Minor, Op. 4 No. 5: II. Allegro
  3. Sonata XI in C Minor, Op. 4 No. 5: III. Allegro
  4. Sonata X in A Minor, Op. 4 No. 4: I. Allegro
  5. Sonata X in A Minor, Op. 4 No. 4: II. Adagio
  6. Sonata X in A Minor, Op. 4 No. 4: III. Allegro assai
  7. Sonata VII in F Major, Op. 4 No. 1: I. Non tanto allegro
  8. Sonata VII in F Major, Op. 4 No. 1: II. Presto
  9. Sonata VII in F Major, Op. 4 No. 1: III. Andantino e staccato
  10. Sonata VII in F Major, Op. 4 No. 1: IV. Minuetto
  11. Sonata VII in F Major, Op. 4 No. 1: V. Trio
  12. Sonata VII in F Major, Op. 4 No. 1: VI. Minuetto da capo
  13. Sonata XIII in F Major: I. Andantino
  14. Sonata XIII in F Major: II. Allegro
  15. Sonata XIII in F Major: III. Menuet
  16. Sonata XIII in F Major: IV. Presto
  17. Sonata XVI in F Major: I. Larghetto
  18. Sonata XVI in F Major: II. Allegro
  19. Sonata XVI in F Major: III. Menuet I
  20. Sonata XVI in F Major: IV. Menuet II
  21. Sonata XVI in F Major: V. Allegro
  22. Sonata XVII in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro
  23. Sonata XVII in B-Flat Major: II. Adagio
  24. Sonata XVII in B-Flat Major: III. Presto
  25. Sonata XVIII in E-Flat Major: I. Largo
  26. Sonata XVIII in E-Flat Major: II. Allegro
  27. Sonata XVIII in E-Flat Major: III. Tempo di menuet
  28. Sonata XVIII in E-Flat Major: IV. Allegro