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Igor Kamenz Plays Scarlatti / Igor Kamenz, piano

Album Summary

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 96/L 465
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 381/L 225
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 119/L 415
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 197/L 147
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 135/L 224
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 322/L 483
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 109/L 138
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 492/L 14
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 146/L 349
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C minor, K 11/L 352
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F major, K 17/L 384
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 209/L 428
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 101/L 494
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 29/L 461
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The biography of Igor Kamenz, one that virtually cries out to be filmed, is the story of a man for whom only music has ever counted. As a child prodigy, he gave widely admired piano recitals in the Soviet Union and conducted major orchestras at an early age. After his emigration to Germany in 1978, he maintained a career as a concert pianist. In 2013, by an almost incredible combination of circumstances, a CD featuring his playing came into the hands of a major management company and of Naïve, who were immediately captivated by his talent and his musical personality: it was the start of a new chapter . . . Domenico Scarlatti, born in Naples in 1685, the same year as Bach and Handel, son of the celebrated opera composer Alessandro Scarlatti, a universe unique in musical history, the 555 harpsichord sonatas that have come down to us only in copy. In their variety, their inventiveness, their harmonic and timbral audacity, their vivacity, their impulsiveness, their fruitful tension between vibrant Mediterranean joie de vivre and sombre melancholy, they form miniature psychological studies that look forward far into the Romantic era, indeed the twentieth century. Igor Kamenz has assembled the sonatas played here on a modern concert grand into what he calls a 'suite in eighteen movements', whose ordering follows criteria related to the dramaturgy, key and content of the pieces. Detailed track-list includes: Sonata in D major, K96, allegrissimo Sonata in E major, K381, allegro Sonata in D major, K119, allegro Sonata in B minor, K197, andante Sonata in E major, K135, allegro Sonata in A major, K322, allegro Sonata in A minor, K109, adagio Sonata in D minor, K141, allegro Sonata in D major, K492, presto Sonata in G major, K146, [no indication] Sonata in C minor, K11, allegro Sonata in F major, K17, presto Sonata in B minor, K27, allegro Sonata in B minor, K87, [no indication] Sonata in E major, K380, andante commodo Sonata in A major, K209, allegro Sonata in A major, K101, allegro Sonata in D major, K29, presto

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Russian born Kamenz performs on a modern Steinway grand piano and eschews the delicacy and Dresden china approach of many of his colleagues. These are big interpretations, forcefully and emotionally projected. There is still plenty of room for subtle shading and refined expression - especially in the slower sonatas. If you must have just one recording of Scarlatti sonatas, this is it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Suny Purchase Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, New (09/2013/10/2013).



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>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 96/L 465
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 381/L 225
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 119/L 415
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 197/L 147
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 135/L 224
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 322/L 483
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 109/L 138
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 492/L 14
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 146/L 349
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C minor, K 11/L 352
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F major, K 17/L 384
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 209/L 428
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 101/L 494
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 29/L 461
  • Performer: Igor Kamenz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757