Scarlatti, D.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 6
MinJung Baek, Piano
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Domenico Scarlatti, an influential Italian composer of the Baroque era, is renowned for his exceptional contribution to keyboard music, particularly the harpsichord and early pianofortes. Born in Naples in 1685, Scarlatti's life paralleled the Baroque era, aligning with contemporaries Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. Scarlatti's significant body of work includes an astounding 555 keyboard sonatas, a genre he substantially enriched and expanded.
Around 1719, Scarlatti entered royal service, becoming the court composer for Maria Barbara, who later married the Spanish King Ferdinand VI. Following the royal couple's move to Madrid in 1729, Scarlatti continued his role, influencing the musical scene in Spain. It is believed that the majority of Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas, known for their innovation and daring harmonic exploration, were composed during his tenure in Spain. Notably, he had access to various keyboard instruments, including the harpsichord and the harp, which significantly influenced the unique character of his sonatas.
Scarlatti's compositions were diverse, ranging from binary to early sonata forms. Despite his prolific output, only a fraction of his works, comprising 30 sonatas titled "Essercizi" (Exercises), were published during his lifetime in 1738. Scarlatti's legacy endures as a master of keyboard expression, and his sonatas continue to captivate audiences with their audacity and ingenuity.
MinJung Baek, an accomplished pianist, started her musical journey at the age of four, achieving notable success in both Korean and international competitions. Her career highlights include performances at prestigious venues worldwide, educational pursuits at esteemed institutions, and recognition for her teaching endeavors. Recent achievements encompass a debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, invitations to international piano festivals, and acclaimed CD releases under the OnClassical label. Praise from renowned musicians like Stephen Kovacevich and John Lill attests to MinJung's exceptional artistry and contributions to the classical piano scene.
The Scarlatti Project unites 15 young pianists from across the globe, each dedicated to recording 37 of Domenico Scarlatti's sonatas (2 albums each). The project receives unwavering support from producer Alessandro Simonetto and the OnClassical label, in collaboration with the esteemed partnership of Naxos of America.
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Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 6
MinJung Baek, Piano
Prod. No.: 340 / 2023
Cat. No: OC22124B
No. Album(s): 1
Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2023
Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Equipment used: N/A
Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Audi-O'
An OnClassical prod., © 2023
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