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Domenico Alberti: Viii Sonate Per Clavicembalo Op. 1

Alberti / Ravizza
Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Concerto   Catalog #: 2067   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domenico Alberti
Performer:  Filippo Ravizza
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ALBERTI Harpsichord Sonatas , op. 1 Filippo Emanuele Ravizza (hpd) CONCERTO 2067 (63:59)


The name of Domencio Alberti (not to be confused with his contemporary Giuseppe Alberti) has been immortalized by the phrase “Alberti bass,” referring to the use of arpeggiated or broken three-note chords in the left-hand accompaniment of keyboard works, with a distinctive pattern of lowest pitch–highest pitch–middle pitch–highest pitch creating a sense of Read more constant forward propulsion. In his short lifetime Alberti attained considerable renown as harpsichord virtuoso and composed some 80 works. This is apparently the first recording of any of them, however. Since the use of the “Alberti bass” predates Alberti himself—examples are found in the works of François Couperin, for one—it would seem that the posthumous attribution is due to his frequent use of the technique in his compositions, through which it came down to Haydn and Mozart. His music, written in the gallant style, is light, graceful, pleasing, undemanding, and not particularly distinctive, showing an obvious influence and imitation of Domenico Scarlatti. Alberti was only 21 when these works were published in 1748, however, and it would be unfair to expect the precocious originality and genius of a Mozart. Each work is cast in two movements; the first is usually in a flowing cantabile style in duple meter, and the second a dance in triple meter. Filippo Ravizza shows himself a fine interpreter throughout, sensitive in phrasing and rhythm, lively in choice of tempi, and apt in voicing and choice of registrations. His instrument has a very ingratiating sound, rich and full, never clangorous or tinny. While this is not substantial music, it is a worthwhile excursion for anyone interested in 18th-century harpsichord repertoire.


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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for keyboard No. 1 in G major, Op. 1/1 by Domenico Alberti
Performer:  Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2. Sonata for keyboard No. 2 in F major, Op. 1/2 by Domenico Alberti
Performer:  Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3. Sonata for keyboard No. 3 in C major, Op. 1/3 by Domenico Alberti
Performer:  Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4. Sonata for keyboard No. 4 in G minor, Op. 1/4 by Domenico Alberti
Performer:  Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5. Sonata for keyboard No. 5 in A major, Op. 1/5 by Domenico Alberti
Performer:  Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
Length: 8 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6. Sonata for keyboard No. 6 in G major, Op. 1/6 by Domenico Alberti
Performer:  Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7. Sonata for keyboard No. 7 in F major, Op. 1/7 by Domenico Alberti
Performer:  Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8. Sonata for keyboard No. 8 in G major, Op. 1/8 by Domenico Alberti
Performer:  Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
Length: 10 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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