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Zipoli: Complete Keyboard Works Book 2 / Alexander-max


Release Date: 07/27/2004 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 669   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Susan Alexander-Max
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Surprisingly, this music is recorded complete here for the first time – it was so well-received in its day that it was reprinted in 1741. It contains four conventional suites – preludes followed by dance movements. They range from a sprightly C major Suite, full of dancing pulse, to a dark D minor Prelude heavy with Neapolitan harmonic sighs. Although written for ‘cimbalo’ (harpsichord), Susan Alexander-Max plays the pieces here on the restored Cristofori piano in the New York Metropolitan Museum, one of three extant instruments which their inventor himself called a ‘harpsichord with soft and loud’. Alexander-Max has clearly got to grips with its special demands, particularly its ability to articulate by dynamic accents as well as the Read more minute delays and silences with which harpsichordists shape a phrase. She plays with the restraint demanded by such a delicate and complex mechanical action, and the sound is charming – warm and plummy in the middle and lower range, more sparkling on top. The upper register can become swamped by the riches lower down in loud passages – a characteristic of the instrument itself as much as of the recording – but the quiet contrasts are wholly endearing. A most imaginative combination of music and instrument, both revealed as far more than mere curiosities.

-- George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonate d'intavolatura: Suite in B minor by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Susan Alexander-Max (Fortepiano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716/1722; Italy 
2.
Sonate d'intavolatura: Suite in G minor by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Susan Alexander-Max (Fortepiano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716/1722 
3.
Sonate d'intavolatura: Suite in C major by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Susan Alexander-Max (Fortepiano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716/1722 
4.
Sonate d'intavolatura: Partita in C major by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Susan Alexander-Max (Fortepiano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716/1722 
5.
Sonate d'intavolatura: Suite in D minor by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Susan Alexander-Max (Fortepiano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716/1722 
6.
Sonate d'intavolatura: Partita in A minor by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Susan Alexander-Max (Fortepiano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716/1722 

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