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SCARLATTI, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 1 (Lester)

Composer(s):Scarlatti, Domenico
Artist(s) Lester, Richard, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue NI1725
Label Nimbus
Quality   320kbps
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Thank you Mr. Lester!
Review By JT80484,January 2011

Richard Lester made extensive research on the background of the Scarlatti sonatas, also during several visits to Spain. And this shows in his performance where all the Spanish, Arabic, gypsy, flamenco, fandango, jota, etc. influences that shape this music get their due share. Thus the endless rhythmic diversity, the often bold harmonic riches, the large scope of local melodic inflections and sound colours ‘picked-from-the-street’ get a complete musical expression. Add to this Lester’s complete mastery of his instrument and you are irresistibly carried away as a listener.

A less accomplished performer would run the risk of overdoing it. Adding Spanish inflections to baroque ornamentations, exploiting the possibilities of the harpsichord to the full by using different stops, more....


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