Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas / Mikhail Pletnev

Release Date: 10/9/2001
Label: EMI
Catalog Number: 61961
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev
Number of Discs: 2

Physical Format:

CD
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$16.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

No question, folks: Mikhail Pletnev's Scarlatti is all about the piano and piano playing. Would this virtuoso's perfumed pedalings and stretched-to-the-max rubatos have curled Scarlatti's wig? Maybe. Or what about Pletnev's shameless recourse to all the articulation and voicing tricks critics abhor in modern players yet can't get enough of from dead pianists? Purists may make a mad dash for the bunker, but this reviewer refuses to leave above ground, since his head's already stuck in Cloud Nine! Put simply, I can't resist such gorgeous sounding, awesomely controlled piano playing, bursting at the seams with spirited dynamism and the most playful musicality you can imagine. Listen to the endless dynamic gradations in the F major K. 17 Sonata, the D minor "Pastorale" Sonata's 400 colors in the first 16 bars alone, plus astoundingly even trills and smudgeless scales everywhere else. Pletnev also achieves a kind of chromium-plated melody-accompaniment separation in the operatic C-sharp minor Sonata K. 247 that possibly out-Vladimirs Horowitz. Now that EMI Virgin has reissued this 1995 release at an absurdly cheap two-for-one midprice-disc asking price, all piano lovers can afford to indulge their wickedest Scarlatti fantasies through Pletnev's delectable finger magic.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 443/L 418 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
2. Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 1/L 366 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
3. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 283/L 318 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
4. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 284/L 90 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
5. Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
6. Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
7. Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 24/L 495 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
8. Sonata for Harpsichord in C sharp minor, K 247/L 256 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
9. Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 519/L 475 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
10. Sonata for Harpsichord in F major, K 17/L 384 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
11. Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
12. Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 404/L 222 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
13. Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 213/L 108 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
14. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 214/L 165 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Italy
15. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 146/L 349 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
16. Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
17. Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 3/L 378 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ; Lisbon, Portugal
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