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SCARLATTI, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 9

Composer(s):Scarlatti, Domenico
Artist(s) Nicolosi, Francesco, piano
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570368
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The son of Alessandro Scarlatti, who created a new school of opera in Naples, Domenico Scarlatti is particularly distinguished for his remarkable keyboard sonatas, of which some 555 are known. This significant addition to early 18th century keyboard repertoire was written for performance on the various keyboard instruments of the Spanish court, where he was employed for many years, and in all their variety have long provided a valuable repertoire for pianists.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,June 2008

I enjoyed Nicolosi’s recordings of all the Mozart Variations (on 3 Naxos CDs). The label’s planned traversal of all 550+ of Scarlatti’s 2-part keyboard sonatas is well underway with this ninth volume. But given that the piano did not exist in Scarlatti’s time, its use is questionable. Most recordings of these works are performed on the originally-intended harspichord, which can sound much more exciting than the mellower piano.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2008

There are three ways that you can play Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas on a modern grand piano.Firstly you can cut every not short in the hope it will sound something like a harpsichord; use a few quirky rhythms and pretend it is ‘period authenticity, or simply play them as 19th century piano pieces. So as not to be typecast, the Italian pianist, Francesco Nicolosi, uses all three as evidenced by the different approach between the first two tracks. That at least makes for interesting comparisons in this ongoing series of modern piano recordings. Born into an Italian musical family of considerable importance, Domenico became one of the greatest harpsichord exponents of the early 18th century, eventually settling in Spain where he died in 1757. He was known to



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