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BLASCO DE NEBRA, M.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 1 (Pedro Casals)

Composer(s):Blasco de Nebra, Manuel
Artist(s) Casals, Pedro, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572068
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Nephew of the zarzuela composer, José de Nebra, Manuel Blasco de Nebra wrote some 170 works of which only 26 keyboard sonatas and six pastorellas are known today. This disc features his earliest known pieces, six sonatas from the Osuna Encarnación Monastery manuscript, with two from manuscripts preserved in the Santa Clara Convent and five from the Montserrat Abbey Archive, through which may be traced the development of the sonata from simple beginnings to more modern, fully-fledged forms. This is the first of three volumes which together will offer for the first time all of de Nebra’s surviving sonatas.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,August 2009

An obscure composer is unearthed here, in the first of a projected three-volume set of the complete sonatas by this Spanish contemporary of Mozart, who lived for only 34 years. The music in the first volume was apparently never published and survived in manuscript form in various abbeys and monasteries. The one-movement, short and fast-paced sonatas sound a lot like Scarlatti, though with a distinct Spanish flavour. The second set is in adagio-allegro form, more developed and allowing the artist more expressional opportunities. Pedro Casals (no relation, apparently) is an award-winning pianist who will obviously be up to the challenges of de Nebra’s later works.


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