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Rameau, Scarlatti, Mozart, Haydn / Robert Casadesus


Release Date: 08/29/2007 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 5033882  
Composer:  Jean-Philippe RameauDomenico ScarlattiFranz Joseph HaydnWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert CasadesusAnthony GigliottiJohn De LancieBernard H. Garfield,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A delightful collection. Casadesus plays Rameau to the manner born. Highlights include a comically zippy Le Rappel des Oiseaux and a lusciously flowing Les Niais de Sologne--the latter featuring a particularly impressively sculpted, sensitively balanced left hand. The Scarlatti sonatas rise to the same level. Casadesus achieves a harpsichord-like clarity of articulation while never denying himself the sensitive dynamic shadings unique to the piano. In the hugely virtuosic K. 533 and K. 14 his trills and runs rival Horowitz's, and he understands the need to project the horn imitations in K. 430 with brassy brilliance and verve. On the other hand, Casadesus' legato but always pointed phrasing in the great B minor sonata, K. 27, projects just Read more the right smooth elegance. Recorded in 1952, the mono sound has been nicely remastered and in no way limits the impact of the performances.

The second half of the recital jumps ahead to the Classical Period, and to the early 60s sonically speaking. The Haydn sonata sports an especially lovely central Adagio, and Casadesus catches its simple eloquence without a trace of affectation. He also takes Haydn at his word in the dazzling Presto finale, playing with a breezy velocity that enhances the music's good-humored sense of fun. The Mozart quintet unites Casadesus with some distinguished partners, including John de Lancie (oboe) and Mason Jones (horn). It's a sincere compliment to say that they play the music like Poulenc: in other words, the performance has pungent wit, urbanity, and a nicely modern, "sec" quality that perfectly marries classical poise with surprising touches of sentiment (in the last two movement particularly). Sony France's ongoing tribute to Casadesus has come up with another intelligently planned, essential installment.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: no 7, Gavotte [with 6 Doubles] in A minor by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
2.
Pièces de clavecin: no 6, Le rappel des oiseaux by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
3.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: no 14, Les sauvages by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
4.
Pièces de clavecin: no 14, Les niais de Sologne [with 2 Doubles] by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 533/L 395 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 23/L 411 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
8.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 14/L 387 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 430/L 463 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 5/1952 
11.
Sonata for Keyboard no 31 in A flat major, H 16 no 46 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Written: 1778 
Date of Recording: 10/1964 
12.
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anthony Gigliotti (Clarinet), Robert Casadesus (Piano), John De Lancie (Oboe),
Bernard H. Garfield (Bassoon), Mason Jones (French Horn)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1960 

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