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SCARLATTI, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 10 (Colleen Lee)

Composer(s):Scarlatti, Domenico
Artist(s) Lee, Colleen, piano
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570511
Label Naxos
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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 series of 555 surviving keyboard sonatas, written while employed at the Spanish court in Madrid largely as exercises for his pupil the Infanta Maria Barbara, who became Queen of Spain in 1746. This significant addition to early 18th century keyboard repertoire has in all its variety long provided a valuable repertoire for pianists. Colleen Lee was a Finalist in the 2005 International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition.


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Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2008

Some pianists in this series - which is devoted to performances on the piano - have played everything staccato and have kept feet away from the pedals in an effort to imitate the sound of a harpsichord. The young Hong Kong pianist, Colleen Lee, has the integrity to play as if they were intended for a concert grand, her credentials as a finalist in the 2005 Frederick Chopin Piano Competition shown in the agility and clean-cut quality of her playing. Regular readers will know of my complete aversion to Scarlatti played on a modern piano, however well intended the soloist is, the result alien to the sound the composer intended. Rather like using a modern theatre organ to play Bach. Had the recording engineer dried out the sound for Lee, this would be about as good as you can get on a

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