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Scarlatti 15 - Sonatas For Two Guitars / Gray & Pearl Duo


Release Date: 04/24/2001 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 93226   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald PearlJulian Gray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Did Domenico Scarlatti, who is most famous for his collection of more than 500 keyboard sonatas, actually write similar works for guitar duo? Unless you know the harpsichord pieces very well, or you're very familiar with Domenico's musical oeuvre, you will still be wondering after listening to this exceptionally well-played and musically invigorating recording. The interesting and otherwise very informative liner notes give no clue--and it's only when you examine the fine print amid the disc's technical information that you discover the truth: these 14 selections are arrangements "from the harpsichord originals". Well, it's easy to accept that these guitar pieces might be the true originals, given the fact that they work so well Read more for this combination of instruments--and that the arrangements, by guitarists Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl, are so perfectly wrought and seamlessly played. This award-winning duo, often noted for its original programming and commissions of new works, not only has extensive experience performing together, but each musician maintains an active teaching career. Their performances here show nothing less than a commanding mastery of instruments, music, and of the kind of sensitivity it takes for two players to perform as one.


The closeness of the miking, which mostly is done to the listener's and music's benefit, carries with it a little too much finger/string scraping and squeaking for my comfort. I know that these sounds are part of playing the guitar--and these occurrences are only occasionally intrusive; however, it seems that today's super-detailed recordings sometimes let us hear things we wouldn't hear if we were sitting in an audience (unusually prominent clacking of keys on wind instruments, pianists' clicking fingernails or vocalizations, a flute player's every breath). Performers and recording engineers need to be sensitive to this and work to keep these often unavoidable artifacts of musical performance from becoming distracting to listeners--after all, without any visual or other concert performance cues and extra-musical sounds to process, we focus our attention almost exclusively on the sound, and finger-scraping becomes an issue. Nevertheless, guitar enthusiasts will find lots to enjoy here (we are reminded that the duo has published some of these arrangements), and others who want to hear some really fine Scarlatti keyboard music played in a new way shouldn't hesitate.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 435/L 361 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald Pearl (Guitar), Julian Gray (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
2.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 531/L 430 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Julian Gray (Guitar), Ronald Pearl (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 109/L 138 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Julian Gray (Guitar), Ronald Pearl (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 278/L S15 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald Pearl (Guitar), Julian Gray (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 390/L 234 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald Pearl (Guitar), Julian Gray (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C minor, K 115/L 407 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald Pearl (Guitar), Julian Gray (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 125/L 487 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald Pearl (Guitar), Julian Gray (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
8.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 234/L 49 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald Pearl (Guitar), Julian Gray (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 214/L 165 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Julian Gray (Guitar), Ronald Pearl (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B flat major, K 249/L 39 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald Pearl (Guitar), Julian Gray (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 466/L 118 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Julian Gray (Guitar), Ronald Pearl (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
12.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 12/L 489 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald Pearl (Guitar), Julian Gray (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 7/L 379 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Julian Gray (Guitar), Ronald Pearl (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 
14.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 301/L 493 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ronald Pearl (Guitar), Julian Gray (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Classical Guitar Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl 

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