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Westminster - Mozart, Scarlatti / Clara Haskil


Release Date: 06/12/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471214   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartDomenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil
Conductor:  Jerzy Swoboda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winterthur Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Can these recordings really be 50 years old? They hardly sound their age. Even card-carrying audiophiles will be impressed with the Mozart Concerto's ideal orchestra/piano balances and sonic warmth. Granted, the Winterthur Symphony Orchestra is less than a world-class ensemble, and you wish that the over-prominent oboe soloist played more elegantly. And what about that jarring ritard before the first movement cadenza? But you're buying this disc for Clara Haskil's extraordinary pianism in the service of music. In addition to her noted lyricism and grace, Haskil is not afraid to take the music's drama by the reins and let things rip, as in the first movement development, or throughout the finale. What's more, Haskil is on fresher, more Read more incisive form here than in her 1960 stereo version with Igor Markevitch (the pianist's final recording, in fact).


Once a long-sought-after rarity on the piano LP market, Haskil's Westminster Scarlatti recital was reissued as a promotional tie-in with Philips' Great Pianists of the 20th Century Edition. These miraculous performances belong in every serious piano collection. Haskil's Scarlatti sonatas are paradigms of control, taste, color, ornamentation, and timing. Note, for example, her shifts in color and minuscule tempo fluctuations that heighten the G minor Kk 2 Sonata's slippery major-minor shifts, or the E-flat Kk 193 Sonata's exquisite trills and deliciously spun line. For some reason the sound is thinner and less full-bodied in the final three selections, but that doesn't matter in light of the sublime music making. Discover Clara Haskil's genius Scarlatti playing for yourself, then write Universal a big fat thank you note for reissuing these performances.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Swoboda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winterthur Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 31 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Harpsichord in C sharp minor, K 247/L 256 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 2/L 388 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 132/L 457 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 35/L 386 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Harpsichord in E flat major, K 193/L 142 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7. Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 386/L 171 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8. Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 519/L 475 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9. Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 322/L 483 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10. Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11. Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 515/L 255 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12. Sonata for Harpsichord in F major, K 437/G 278 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1950 
Venue:  Winterthür, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466: 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466: 2. Romance
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466: 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Sonata in C sharp minor, K.247 (L.256)
Sonata in G, K.2
Sonata in C, K.132
Sonata in G minor, K.35
Sonata in E flat, K.193
Sonata in F minor, K.386
Sonata in F minor, K.519
Sonata in A, K.322
Sonata in B minor, K.87
Sonata in C, K.515
Sonata in F, K.437

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