Galuppi: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1 / Napoli

> Keyboard Sonata in F major, Illy No. 28 - I. Andante
> Keyboard Sonata in F major, Illy No. 28 - II. Allegretto
> Keyboard Sonata in F major, Illy No. 28 - III. Allegro molto
> Keyboard Sonata in F minor, Illy No. 9 - I. Andante spiritoso
> Keyboard Sonata in F minor, Illy No. 9 - II. Allegretto
> Keyboard Sonata in F minor, Illy No. 9 - III. Presto
> Keyboard Sonata in C minor, Illy No. 18 - I. Andantino
> Keyboard Sonata in C minor, Illy No. 18 - II. Allegro (Illy No. 4)
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Illy No. 57 - I. Allegro
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Illy No. 57 - II. Andantino
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Illy No. 57 - III. Presto
> Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, Illy No. 32 - I. Andantino
> Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, Illy No. 32 - II. Presto
> Keyboard Sonata in G major, Illy No. 53 - I. Andantino
> Keyboard Sonata in G major, Illy No. 53 - II. Allegro assai
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Illy No. 45 - I. Adagio -
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Illy No. 45 - I. Allegro
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Illy No. 45 - II. Largo e majestoso
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Illy No. 45 - III. Giga: Allegro
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Illy No. 98 - Keyboard Sonata in C major, Illy No. 98

Album Summary

>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in F major [Illy no 28]
>Galuppi, Baldassare : Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor
>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in C minor [Illy no 18]
>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in C major [Illy no 57]
>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in B flat major [Illy no 32]
>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in G major [Illy no 53]
>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in D major [Illy no 45]
>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in C major [Illy no 98]
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A leading figure in the development of opera buffa, Baldassare Galuppi was also much admired as a keyboardist, though his many sonatas largely remain unpublished and unknown today. Usually comprising two or three contrasting movements, these charming sonatas often recall the music of a young Mozart. Matteo Napoli enjoys a busy international career and plays on a number of highly praised Naxos recordings. Napoli won First Prize in the International Liszt Competition at Lucca in 1986.

International Record Review
Naxos has enriched the catalogue with numerous complete cycles of neglected repertoire. One of its latest ventures is a series featuring the complete keyboard sonatas (many of them unpublished) by the Italian pre-Classicist Baldasare Galuppi (1706 - 85), stylishly played by Mateo Napoli on a modern Steinway Model 'D' grand. Galuppi provides a vital link between the rococo patternings of Domenico Scarlatti and the young Mozart's uncluttered clarity. Napoli creates the ideal sound-world, pedalling with commendable subtlety in the faster movements and casting an attractive, romantic halo over the opening Andante spititoso of the F minor Sonata, Illy 9. Echo effects and dynamic shadings are handled with enviable poise, even if Galuppi's natural smiling exhuberance feels a shade muted here.

Amazon.com
This disc is labeled Volume I, so one can hope there will be many more to follow. Grove's lists 'c. 130 [keyboard] sonatas, toccatas, divertimentos, lessons etc.' so one can imagine there will be many more volumes to come. Pianist Matteo Napoli has a beautiful touch and a lovely lyrical legato which perfectly matches the requirements of this music.

Piano News
It should be a complete recording and the recording is not only editorially an enrichment, but also musically: Napoli crystallized in his game the various moods that testify of exuberance, elegance, bravado and melancholy out, and demonstrating how sexy this music is.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (03/22/2009-03/23/2009).



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>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in F major [Illy no 28]
  • Performer: Matteo Napoli (Piano)
  • Notes: WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Galuppi, Baldassare : Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor
  • Performer: Matteo Napoli (Piano)
  • Notes: WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in C minor [Illy no 18]
  • Performer: Matteo Napoli (Piano)
  • Notes: WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in C major [Illy no 57]
  • Performer: Matteo Napoli (Piano)
  • Notes: WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in B flat major [Illy no 32]
  • Performer: Matteo Napoli (Piano)
  • Notes: WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in G major [Illy no 53]
  • Performer: Matteo Napoli (Piano)
  • Notes: WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in D major [Illy no 45]
  • Performer: Matteo Napoli (Piano)
  • Notes: WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Galuppi, Baldassare : Keyboard Sonata in C major [Illy no 98]
  • Performer: Matteo Napoli (Piano)
  • Notes: WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical