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Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas / Mikhail Pletnev


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61961   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


No question, folks: Mikhail Pletnev's Scarlatti is all about the piano and piano playing. Would this virtuoso's perfumed pedalings and stretched-to-the-max rubatos have curled Scarlatti's wig? Maybe. Or what about Pletnev's shameless recourse to all the articulation and voicing tricks critics abhor in modern players yet can't get enough of from dead pianists? Purists may make a mad dash for the bunker, but this reviewer refuses to leave above ground, since his head's already stuck in Cloud Nine! Put simply, I can't resist such gorgeous sounding, awesomely controlled piano playing, bursting at the seams with spirited dynamism and the most playful musicality you can imagine. Listen to the endless dynamic
Read more gradations in the F major K. 17 Sonata, the D minor "Pastorale" Sonata's 400 colors in the first 16 bars alone, plus astoundingly even trills and smudgeless scales everywhere else. Pletnev also achieves a kind of chromium-plated melody-accompaniment separation in the operatic C-sharp minor Sonata K. 247 that possibly out-Vladimirs Horowitz. Now that EMI Virgin has reissued this 1995 release at an absurdly cheap two-for-one midprice-disc asking price, all piano lovers can afford to indulge their wickedest Scarlatti fantasies through Pletnev's delectable finger magic.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 443/L 418 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 1/L 366 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 283/L 318 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 284/L 90 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 24/L 495 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C sharp minor, K 247/L 256 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 519/L 475 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F major, K 17/L 384 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 404/L 222 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 213/L 108 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 214/L 165 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 96/L 465 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 146/L 349 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
17.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
18.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 520/L 86 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
19.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 386/L 171 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
20.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 387/L 175 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
21.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 268/L 41 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
22.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 141/L 422 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
23.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 113/L 345 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
24.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F sharp minor, K 25/L 481 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
25.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 173/L 447 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
26.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 523/L 490 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
27.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 8/L 488 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
28.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 259/L 103 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
29.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 29/L 461 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
30.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 3/L 378 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738; Lisbon, Portugal 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
31.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 11/L 352 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata in D major Kk 443
Sonata in D minor Kk 1
Sonata in G major Kk 283
Sonata in G major Kk 284
Sonata in B minor Kk 27
Sonata in E major Kk 380
Sonata in A major Kk 24
Sonata in C sharp minor Kk 247
Sonata in F minor Kk 519
Sonata in F major Kk 17
Sonata in D minor Kk 9
Sonata in A minor Kk 3
Sonata in A major Kk 404
Sonata in D minor Kk 213
Sonata in D major Kk 214
Sonata in D major Kk 96
Sonata in G major Kk 146
Sonata in B minor Kk 87
Sonata in G major Kk 520
Sonata in C minor Kk 11
Sonata in F minor Kk 386
Sonata in F minor Kk 387
Sonata in A major Kk 268
Sonata in D minor Kk 141
Sonata in A major Kk 113
Sonata in F sharp minor Kk 25
Sonata in B minor Kk 173
Sonata in G major Kk 523
Sonata in G minor Kk 8
Sonata in G major Kk 259
Sonata in D major Kk 29

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