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Scarlatti, D.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 11
Riccardo Natale, 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.

Riccardo Natale, pianist, began playing at four, graduated with honors from the "Nicola Sala" Conservatory in 2012, and won national and international competitions. He debuted with the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese in 2013; other performances include venues like Teatro Sanzio in Urbino and Teatro Ridotto in L'Aquila. He completed his Master Performance in 2017 at the Hochschule fur Musik in Basel, and studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia until 2020. Currently under the guidance of Alessandro Deljavan, he is set to release a two-disc edition of Scarlatti's Sonatas by the end of 2023.

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. 11
Riccardo Natale, Piano

Prod. No.: 390 / 2023
Cat. No: OC23124B
UPC: 685071514702
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2023

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Artwork: OnClassical

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Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Audi-O'

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