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    Quote Originally Posted by CDs View Post
    Just picked up my first Scarlatti CD.

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    18 Sonatas by Yevgeny Sudbin

    Generally I don't like piano sonatas but Scarlatti's I'm really enjoying.

    "One of the most fascinating things about Scarlatti is that no matter how many recordings there are of his music, he never sounds the same: with this composer there is an endless number of possible approaches and transformations" Yevgeny Sudbin (CD booklet page 3)
    He also recorded this one:
    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/BIS/BISCD1508

    Not to be missed .
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    I love the fact that these wonderful pieces were all composed after Scarlatti retired from his day job. The fact that they effectively constitute the longest and most joyous musical expression of demob-happiness ever just adds to their magic for me.
    Last edited by Animal the Drummer; May-18-2017 at 17:05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Michelangeli is my favorite Scarlatti interpreter. I find that a rational pianist works better than a spontaneous one in these works. The main selling point is that Michelangeli knows how to execute what he reasons and wants perfectly, so that all the notes fall exactly into their place in the context of the entire musical work. The recital from Helsinki, found in the box set below, is IMHO his best:



    There are 5 Scarlatti sonatas included. While I would recommend the Gold Aura Michelangeli set overall, the blue 10-cd Aura box is still worth its weight in gold, full of priceless recordings with the Helsinki Scarlatti being perhaps the most indispensable.
    I'm less convinced about Michelangeli's Scarlatti than you are. There's some magical playing in there, but at times a degree of over-personalised and somewhat anachronistic pulling-about of the music too, IMHO of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Much time passed since I thought that I must hear him out and much time passed since I got recordings in my collection. I finally did listen to Pletnev disc today. I've choosed to listen sonatas K 247, 213 and 519. As much as F minor sounded to me as totally uninteresting and almost pointless baroque piece the two slower ones, D and Cis minor were stunning, I've heard much of Scarlatti being wild but these slow and lyrical pieces I listened like they would be Chopin's nocturnes. Sure, it's diffrent technically but the experience is almost the same. Really beautiful.

    I'm gonna explore him further.
    Some of Scarlatti's sonatas are certainly fast and very difficult to play. He was a tremendous virtuoso himself and bested Handel in the harpsichord part of a contest they once held in Rome, though Handel won the organ contest. Across Scarlatti's sonatas as a whole, though, there are approximately two of the slow ones for each fast display piece, though one could be forgiven for not realising this as soloists can tend to concentrate more on the showier sonatas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    Some of Scarlatti's sonatas are certainly fast and very difficult to play. He was a tremendous virtuoso himself and bested Handel in the harpsichord part of a contest they once held in Rome, though Handel won the organ contest. Across Scarlatti's sonatas as a whole, though, there are approximately two of the slow ones for each fast display piece, though one could be forgiven for not realising this as soloists can tend to concentrate more on the showier sonatas.
    I would, if it means food on the table.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    there are approximately two of the slow ones for each fast display piece.
    Are you sure?


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    Saw it years ago in a CD sleeve-note, which I've not yet been able to find again. (It could well have been a CD I looked at but didn't buy.) As it happens that 2:1 split would still leave over 180 quick ones.
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    I love these sonatas. And Horowitz playing them!

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    I have the Scott Ross collection. Wonderful.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    I play this one myself. But it's better I post Horowitz
    Should study more of these.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    I play this one myself. But it's better I post Horowitz
    Should study more of these.
    I know the feeling......
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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