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Scarlatti Recreated - Transcriptions And Hommages / Sandro Russo

Scarlatti / Russo,Sandro
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 149   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl TausigLouis BrassinDomenico ScarlattiCarl Czerny,   ... 
Performer:  Sandro Russo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


What a wonderful idea: Here’s a program that features transcriptions of Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas along with original works that use the sonatas as a jumping-off point. Many Classical- and Romantic-period composers and pianists felt the need to update Scarlatti’s keyboard textures by filling in chords, adding double notes or octaves, or spicing up the harmonies. Politically incorrect by 21st-century standards, true, but “inauthenticity” can be fun, especially in the hands of a pianist like Sandro Russo.

He revels in Louis Brassin’s unabashedly upholstered transformation of the K. 525 F major sonata and its humorously leaping embellishments, and conveys the full impact of
Read more Granados’ subtle, full-bodied piano writing with little help from the sustain pedal. The multi-layered strands of Ignaz Friedman’s busy rewrite of K. 523 suggests an overdubbed second piano, while Russo captures the impetuous quality of Marc-André Hamelin’s bitonal Scarlatti-based etude with no less sparkle than in the composer’s own performances. And although several pianists have taken up Raymond Lewenthal’s nutty, harmonically pungent Scarlatti-like Toccata in recent years, Russo’s crisp rhythms and slightly dry touch are just what the doctor ordered. Even after you’ve finished playing this disc, your ears will continue to smile.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio in E major by Carl Tausig
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Notes: Arrangement of Scarlatti's Sonata K.20/L.375. 
2.
Sonata in C major by Carl Tausig
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Notes: Arrangement of Scarlatti's Sonata K.487/L.205. 
3.
Morceaux (3) d'après D. Scarlatti: Andante in B flat minor by Louis Brassin
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Notes: Arrangement of Scarlatti's Sonata K.377/L.263. 
4.
Morceaux (3) d'après D. Scarlatti: Scherzo in F major by Louis Brassin
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Notes: Arrangement of Scarlatti's Sonata K.525/L.188. 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 102/L 89 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Enrique Granados 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 547/L S28 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Enrique Granados 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F major, K 541/L 120 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Enrique Granados 
8.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 553/L 425 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1756 
Notes: Arrangement: Enrique Granados 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 534/L 11 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Enrique Granados 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 109/L 138 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Enrique Granados 
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 211/L 133 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Enrique Granados 
12.
Sonata in the Style of Domenico Scarlatti by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F major, K 446/L 433 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Ignaz Friedman 
14.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 523/L 490 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Ignaz Friedman 
15.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 14, Duettino by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
16.
Etude for Piano no 6 by Marc-André Hamelin
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
17.
Hommage à Domenico Scarlatti by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
18.
Toccata alla Scarlatti by Raymond Lewenthal
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
19.
Homage to Domenico Scarlatti (after Sonata in C, K. 159) by Michael Habermann
Performer:  Sandro Russo (Piano)

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