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Scarlatti: Sonaten / Ivo Pogorelich


Release Date: 02/16/1993 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435855   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An attractively played collection, with stunning articulation for the ornaments and plenty of sparkling fingerwork to bring Scarlatti's vivid personality to life.

Although this anthology is weighted towards more familiar sonatas, the programming is sufficiently intelligent and varied for one to sample a fairly comprehensive range of the composer's keyboard style. Five of the sonatas, at least, featured in Horowitz's repertoire, and consequently one is rather tempted to compare the two pianists. Pogorelich really does not come off too badly.

The CD opens with the E major Sonata that was popularized as the second item in Tausig's Pastorale e capriccio (in which the Pastorale was transcribed into E minor). I
Read more don't think Pogorelich is quite fast enough for-the presto marking here and some rests in the-opening passages strike me as being fractionally too long. The Pastorale turns up as the third sonata, and in it I thought that some of the loud notes were slightly too insistent; I would recommend the listener to keep the volume control low throughout the CD. Overall, however, this is an attractively played collection, with stunning articulation for the ornaments and plenty of sparkling fingerwork to bring Scarlatti's vivid personality to life. Listen to the D major, Kk119 for a lovely mezzo piano singing tone juxtaposed with bubblingly alive fast passages—then again, the autumnal pathos of the B minor, Kk87 is equally affecting.

Perhaps one could have wished for greater humour and more exploitation of the passages that lend themselves to climaxes, but one respects that Pogorelich has his own way of doing things, and this is without a doubt both musicianly and intelligent. For me, the penultimate sonata of the anthology, a less than familiar one in B flat, Kk529, with its playful leaps and general lightheartedness, demonstrates Pogorelich's style at its best: a unique combination of sophistication and innocence. I didn't care so much for the interpretation of the famous E major, Kk380 that concludes the release—the tempo changes are not wholly convincing to my way of thinking. But this is a fine CD that can be warmly recommended.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [1/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 20/L 375 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 119/L 415 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 1/L 366 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E minor, K 98/L 325 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 13/L 486 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 8/L 488 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 450/L 338 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 159/L 104 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 487/L 205 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B flat major, K 529/L 327 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 11/L 352 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 135/L 224 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hanover 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata in E major, K.20: Presto
Sonata in E major, K.135: Allegro
Sonata in D minor, K.9: Allegro moderato
Sonata in D major, Kk.119: Allegro
Sonata in D minor, Kk.1: Allegro
Sonata in B minor, K.87: Andante
Sonata in e minor (Allegrissimo) Kk98
Sonata in G, K.13: Presto
Sonata in G minor, Kk.8: Allegro
Sonata in C minor, K.11: Moderato
Sonata in G minor, K.450: Allegrissimo
Sonata in C major, K.159: Allegro
Sonata in C major, Kk.487: Allegro
Sonata in B flat major, K.529: Allegro
Sonata in E, K.380: Andante commodo

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Scarlatti played at its best December 9, 2013 By Patricia K. (Victoria, BC) See All My Reviews "No-one can play Scarlatti Sonatas better than Yvo Pogorelich. His touch reminds me of crystal glass, so clear and perfect" Report Abuse
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