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Scarlatti: Harpsichord Sonatas / Gustav Leonhardt


Release Date: 09/03/1999 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 61820   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The engineers can certainly take a bow for presenting a clean, warm sound from the copy of the Dulcken harpsichord used; there are some gritty roughnesses in Kk193 which may be only on my copy, but from the less pleasant, clangier timbre of the instrument in Kk52 (long and rambling, like an organ voluntary), this may have been recorded at a different session. A rousing hand, anyway, for Gustav Leonhardt. It's true that he's a bit jerky and impetuous in Kk3 (One with falling chromatic lines) and that his rubato in Kk185 may be thought rather much, but once settled into his stride he produces some splendid performances. TI would instance his vitality in the wittily unexpected Kkl84, the brilliant Kk239 (with its suggestion of castanets), his Read more deliciously springheeled Kk209 and the exciting Kk191.

But your chief plaudits, please, for the composer, whose irrepressibly mercurial imagination is still insufficiently appreciated by dull commentators who woffle that this genius "never ventures from his binary-form scheme for any of his single-movement sonatas", though, it is reluctantly admitted, "he does evolve various modifications of the form". Like, I suppose, Kk227, which in fact has two entirely unrelated halves, one in 2/4 and the other in 3/8! (Presentation gets this wrong too, saying that there are "frequent changes of beat" in it.)

-- Gramophone [4/1980]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 227/L 347 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 238/L 27 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for
Harpsichord in F minor, K 239. 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 239/L 281 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 238. 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 185/L 173 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for
Harpsichord in F minor, K 184. 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 184/L 189 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for
Harpsichord in F minor, K 185. 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 52/L 267 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E flat major, K 192/L 216 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for Harpsichord in E flat major, K 193. 
8.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E flat major, K 193/L 142 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for
Harpsichord in E flat major, K 192. 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 208/L 238 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for
Harpsichord in A major, K 209. 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 209/L 428 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for
Harpsichord in A major, K 208. 
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E flat major, K 252/L 159 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for
Harpsichord in E flat major, K 253. 
12.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E flat major, K 253/L 320 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Scarlatti's Sonata for
Harpsichord in E flat major, K 252. 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 191/L 207 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 3/L 378 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738; Lisbon, Portugal 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata in A minor, K 3
Sonata in F minor, K 185/184
Sonata in B minor, K 227
Sonata in F minor, K 238/239
Sonata in D minor, K 52
Sonata in E-flat Major, K 192/193
Sonata in A Major, K 208/209
Sonata in E-flat Major, K 252/253
Sonata in D minor, K 191

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