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Claire Huangci - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (2015)

27-04-2016, 18:42
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Berlin Classics
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 2:10:22
Total Size: 383 MB

Claire Huangci - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (2015)

Asked what music she wanted to play on her second solo album, she shot back: ""Scarlatti!"". And yet Claire Huangci is known as a consummate interpreter of highly virtuosic music. But even when reviewing her debut CD of tricky Russian ballet transcriptions, Ingo Harden in Fono Forum had this to say: ""Over and above the seemingly effortless and euphonious realization of her programme, her playing has an amazingly wide spectrum of nuances in touch. Even a seasoned performer with decades of experience can hardly offer us a more imaginative and colourful 'orchestra on the piano'."" Such nuances are the heart and soul of Scarlatti's sonatas. Each individual piece needs its own pulse, and its own colours, to bring it to life. Then the music reveals a whole world of joyous experimentation, expressed in the composer's 555 sonatas. Written for none other than himself and his pupil Maria Barbara, the Portuguese Infanta, they contain all that the Baroque and Classical idiom of his age had to offer including the emulation of special guitar techniques. The self-assurance with which all these elements are juggled often leaves the listener agape. But how is the artist to master this sheer volume of music and give her selection a meaningful structure? The young pianist writes in her introduction: ""Building on that general practice, I began wondering if I could create larger music forms from his works, using individual sonatas as movements. And expanding upon that, what if I was able to present the works in a way that would show people clearly how Scarlatti formed the perfect bridge between the Baroque and Classical periods? Using the sonatas, I decided to create Baroquian Suites and Classical Sonatas, congruent with forms from each respective era."" After reviewing all the sonatas, she finalized her concept of two quite distinct CDs: ""Each suite on the first CD follows basic form with an opening movement (prelude or toccata), then allemande, courante, sarabande, gigue with additional intermezzo movements such as bourrees, passepieds, gavottes, minuets, etc. CD2 used different criteria. On top of tonal continuity, it was important to show the classical side of Scarlatti, in expression, in harmonic modulation, and particularly in compositional structure (exposition, development, recapitulation)."" Not that the aim is to reconstruct works that have never existed in that form. The idea is that the listener will form an impression of how the pieces are related to one another, if they are not heard in isolation. This at once builds logical bridges between movements that were previously an arbitrary sequence of individual pieces. It also demonstrates Scarlatti's versatility as a titan of the miniature, confidently poised between two eras in the creation of his own music.

"It's gratifying to have followed Huangci's progression from a 16-year-old prodigy to a 25-year-old artist poised for greatness." --Jed Distler, Gramophone, September 2015

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platico   User offline   27 April 2016 20:58

Gracias por compartir...

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drgradus   User offline   2 May 2016 16:20

I've been trying to download this for several days now. Download always stops short and then you have to go through all the bloody bull-shit of "verifying" and wait ten minutes before downloading - and then I realized - you must obviously want us to buy this CD!!!!!!

How can you reach your bloody download limit when you haven't downloaded anything????????

Oh, and this file is available to premium members only!!!!!

Oh, and select all the pictures with palm trees, and then wait ten minutes before downloading!!!!!!

And then it finally stars downloading - at 10kb/sec - Fuck off! It's less painful to buy the bloody CD!!!

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