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Baroque Masterpieces For Harpsichord

Pinnock,Trevor
Release Date: 08/13/2013 
Label:  Regis   Catalog #: 1332   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Domenico ScarlattiGeorge Frideric HandelJean-Philippe RameauMaurice Greene,   ... 
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Overall an excellent compilation.

he opening three Scarlatti sonatas are nicely contrasting, with Pinnock capturing the joyful spirit of the G major and E major works, and the sadness of the B minor. Nevertheless, in the major-key pieces he may be a little too civilised for some tastes. In the E major Sonata more impetuosity and flamboyance would have been especially welcome. At the other extreme, and undeniably thrilling, are Pierre Hantaï's passionate, hot-blooded and highly imaginative Scarlatti CDs on Mirare. After listening to Hantaï, one would find almost anyone else relatively plain. His approach will change some listeners' view of Scarlatti for ever. Having said this, one must acknowledge that
Read more Pinnock's Scarlatti performances are thoroughly stylish and musically very satisfying. In the the Handel Suite and Rameau set - the composer's own arrangements from his Pièces de Clavecin en Concert - Pinnock is equally free from eccentricity, never drawing attention to himself in a distracting manner. These are definitely performances to live with, bearing much repetition.
 
The Greene and Arne pieces are far more than mere fillers, both fine works. Whoever wrote the notes describes the Arne thus: “is pleasing to listen to but does not match the sophistication of his continental counterparts” - maybe, but this is still very enjoyable music. There is a similar lack of information relating to recording venues, dates of original recordings and instruments. The latter are very attractive-sounding throughout.
 
Overall this is an excellent compilation of 18 th-century keyboard music, clearly recommendable to all except those who prefer a more flamboyant, unbuttoned approach.
 
-- Philip Borg-Wheeler , MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 124/L 232 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 46/L 25 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 1st Concert - no 2, La Livri by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 2nd Concert - no 3, L'agaçante by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 3rd Concert - no 2, Rondeau gracieux I in A minor "La timide" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 4th Concert - no 2, L'indiscrette by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
9.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 4th Concert - no 1, La pantomime by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10.
Overture for harpsichord in D major by Maurice Greene
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 490/L 206 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 491/L 164 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 492/L 14 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
14.
Sonatas or Lessons (8) for Harpsichord: no 6 in G minor by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1756; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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