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Scarlatti: Sonatas For Harpsichord Vol 2 / Luc Beauséjour


Release Date: 05/20/2003 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 23163   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Luc Beauséjour plays a mean harpsichord, and these muscular, vibrant performances exude a level of energy exceptional even in music not known for its sense of repose. He's also chosen an instrument that suits his approach: a bright, sharp sound of extreme vividness that offers particularly smooth trills and great clarity at high velocity. Even in the more famous sonatas, such as K. 380 in E, Beauséjour plays with an extra kick to the rhythm, in this case giving the piece's martial music an unusually strong forward impetus. An irresistible tidal wave of sound characterizes K. 113 in A, and he voices the G minor fugue in K. 30 with maximum clarity. The centerpiece here is K. 132 in C, at nearly eight minutes one of Scarlatti's Read more longest sonatas, effortlessly sustained in this performance.


Beauséjour's apt choice of instrument makes the gushing fountains of tone in the D major sonata K. 33 shimmer with inner light, and the only possible complaint about this recital stems from the fact that the last seven sonatas are all in D major/minor, and thus may risk a certain tonal monotony. But there's no rule that says you have to listen to 64 minutes of Scarlatti at a sitting, and taken in tandem with Analekta's remarkably tangible and realistic sonics this program offers more than its share of thrills and chills--but with absolutely no spills! In sum, Beauséjour's distinctive playing clearly deserves to rank with the best, and if he's planning a lengthy series (this is Volume 2) Scarlatti fans are in for a wild ride.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 2/L 388 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
2.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 322/L 483 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 323/L 95 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 113/L 345 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 69/L 382 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 308/L 359 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
8.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 132/L 457 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E flat major, K 474/L 203 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 30/L 499 "The Cat's Fugue" by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 33/L 424 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
12.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 335/LS 10 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 336/L 337 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
14.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 435/L 361 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
15.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
16.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 517/L 266 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
17.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 133/L 282 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1757 
18.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 34/L S7 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 

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