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Scarlatti: Mandolin Sonatas / Artemandoline

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Album Summary

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, K 91/L 176
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in E minor, K 81/L 271
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Vln/Mandolin and Basso Continuo in G minor, K 88
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in D minor, K 90/L 106
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 77/L 168
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in D minor, K 89/L 211
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Notes & Reviews:

Featuring works ranging from the smaller-scale K77 to the ambitious and technically demanding K88 - which is extremely well suited to the mandolin thanks to its four-part chords and dynamic nuances - this disc offers a radical reinterpretation of this captivating music. Formed in 2001, Artemandoline has worked tirelessly over the years towards the revival of the mandolin, giving new prominence to and widening the repertoire of this beautiful and unfairly neglected instrument. Artemandoline is acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for its rigorous and scrupulously researched, yet fresh, spontaneous and exciting performances. This is the ensemble's first recording for Brilliant Classics; a second disc of mandolin music from 18th-century Paris will follow later in 2013.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
I think the mandolin works beautifully for these sonatas. They are lively and cheerful, and the slightly folk character of the instrument seems to fit them. The mandolin part is very capably performed by Mari Fe Pavon on a baroque mandolin. This is a fine and unusual recording with informative notes and good sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Romane de Mont-Saint-Martin, Longwy, France (08/2012).



Reviews

This is how it's done!
Artemandoline – “Scarlatti: Mandolin Sonatas” – Brilliant Classics

Artemandoline is an internationally acclaimed group of virtuoso instrumentalists led by Mari Fe Pavon (baroque mandolin) and Manuel Munoz (baroque guitar), with Jean-Daniel Haro (viola da gamba) and Jean-Christophe (harpsichord), who perform music from original source manuscripts on authentic period (in this case, 18th century) instruments.
The group’s hypothesis for this particular collection of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti is that each was written for mandolin and basso continuo, rather than violin or harpsichord, as is more commonly supposed.
While the very thorough and informative liner notes make their case seem, at a minimum, academically plausible, it is Artemandoline’s lively performance of Scarlatti’s music that lends their idea its real credibility. Their happy mix of skill, virtuosity and research results in a sound that is, at once, well thought out and spontaneous, early music played less for its scholarly or historical interest than for its sheer beauty.
”Scarlatti: Mandoline Sonatas” by Artemandoline can be highly recommended to the general listener and specialist alike and is a welcome reminder that, however “serious” modern audiences may consider it, chamber music was originally intended to be entertainment.

Highest possible recommendation 10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano

Submitted on 11/04/13 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, K 91/L 176
  • Ensemble: Artemandoline Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in E minor, K 81/L 271
  • Ensemble: Artemandoline Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Vln/Mandolin and Basso Continuo in G minor, K 88
  • Ensemble: Artemandoline Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in D minor, K 90/L 106
  • Ensemble: Artemandoline Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 77/L 168
  • Ensemble: Artemandoline Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in D minor, K 89/L 211
  • Ensemble: Artemandoline Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque