Rameau: Gavotte, Etc; Scarlatti, Mozart, Haydn / Robert Casadesus

Release Date: 8/16/2007
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: SONY5033882
Number of Discs: 1

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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 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
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
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
3. Pièces de clavecin: no 6, Le rappel des oiseaux by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1724/1731 ; France
4. Pièces de clavecin: no 6, Le rappel des oiseaux by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1724/1731 ; France
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
10. Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
11. Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 533/L 395 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
12. Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 533/L 395 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
13. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 23/L 411 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
14. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 23/L 411 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
15. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 14/L 387 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
16. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 14/L 387 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
17. Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
18. Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
19. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 430/L 463 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
20. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 430/L 463 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
21. Sonata for Keyboard no 31 in A flat major, H 16 no 46 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Written: 1778 ;
22. Sonata for Keyboard no 31 in A flat major, H 16 no 46 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Written: 1778 ;
23. Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Bernard H. Garfield (Bassoon), John De Lancie (Oboe), Robert Casadesus (Piano), Anthony Gigliotti (Clarinet), Mason Jones (French Horn)
Period: Classical
Written: 1784 ; Vienna, Austria
24. Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Anthony Gigliotti (Clarinet), John De Lancie (Oboe), Robert Casadesus (Piano), Bernard H. Garfield (Bassoon), Mason Jones (French Horn)
Period: Classical
Written: 1784 ; Vienna, Austria
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