OnClassical | OC22080B | 2022

Scarlatti, D.: Keyboard Sonatas [20]
Alessandro Simonetto, Harpsichord

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Total duration: 57:55
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The Keyboard Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, featured in this collection, illuminate the brilliance and innovation of the Baroque composer. In Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 1, also published as Exercise [from "Essercizi per Gravicembalo," K 1-20 (ca. 1739)], Scarlatti's mastery of form shines with dynamic interplay and expressive ornamentation. Sonata in A Minor, Kk. 149, exudes urgency and drama, while Sonata in A Major, Kk. 208, captivates with its tender, singing character.
Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 9, reveals a darker, introspective mood, providing a contrasting emotional palette. Scarlatti's exploration of the minor key continues in Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 517, showcasing the composer's virtuosity. Sonata in D Minor, K. 141, is especially complex and challenging (Martha Argerich's rendition as a bis is incredible).
Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 32, is a brief yet impactful composition, an "Air," displaying the composer's concise musical expression. As the collection progresses, Sonata in B-Flat Major, Kk. 544, and Sonata in B-Flat Major, Kk. 545, contrast with lively, buoyant character.
Scarlatti's exploration of key signatures and emotional states continues with Sonata in E Major, Kk. 380, pastoral and evocative of the hunt. Sonata in A Major, Kk. 537, introduces a lively, dance-like quality.
Sonata in H Minor, Kk. 87, stands out with its introspective, contemplative nature, revealing emotional depth.
The journey continues with Sonata in G Minor, Kk. 426, and Sonata in G Major, Kk. 471, the nostalgic Sonata in G Minor, Kk. 8, the light Sonata in G Major, Kk. 80, and the more complex and virtuosic Sonata in C Major, Kk. 420, showcasing Scarlatti's command of counterpoint and harmonic exploration. The collection concludes with Sonata in C Minor, Kk. 511, leaving a lasting impression with expressive depth and intricate musical language.
Domenico Scarlatti's Keyboard Sonatas, as performed in this recording, stand as testament to his ingenuity and contribution to the Baroque era, providing listeners with a rich tapestry of musical expression.
Alessandro Simonetto's exceptional skill shines through not only in his nuanced interpretations of Domenico Scarlatti's Keyboard Sonatas on the piano but also in his seamless transition to the harpsichord. His versatility allows him to navigate the distinct tonal characteristics of each instrument, adapting his approach to bring out the unique qualities of Scarlatti's compositions. Whether on the piano or harpsichord, Simonetto's artistry ensures a captivating and authentic presentation of Scarlatti's works, underscoring his ability to masterfully navigate diverse musical landscapes with precision and expressive depth.

Keyboard Sonatas [20]
Alessandro Simonetto, Harpsichord

Prod. No.: 321 / 2022
Cat. No: OC22080B
UPC: 685071413333
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2022

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Artwork: OnClassical

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Instrument(s) used: W. Horn harpsichord after J. Ruckers (Antwerp 1638)

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