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J.H. Roman: The 12 Keyboard Sonatas / Anna Paradiso, harpsichord

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  1. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BeRI 225: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BeRI 225: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BeRI 225: III. Non tanto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BeRI 225: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BeRI 226: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BeRI 226: II. Lento non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BeRI 226: III. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BeRI 226: IV. Non troppo allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BeRI 226: V. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G Major, BeRI 227: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G Major, BeRI 227: II. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G Major, BeRI 227: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G Major, BeRI 227: IV. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G Major, BeRI 227: V. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4 in D Major, BeRI 228: I. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4 in D Major, BeRI 228: II. Carillon. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4 in D Major, BeRI 228: III. Non troppo adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4 in D Major, BeRI 228: IV. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4 in D Major, BeRI 228: V. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4 in D Major, BeRI 228: VI. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4 in D Major, BeRI 228: VII. Villanella $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, BeRI 229: I. Con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, BeRI 229: II. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, BeRI 229: III. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, BeRI 229: IV. Vivace - Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, BeRI 229: V. Andante ad libitum $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BeRI 230: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BeRI 230: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BeRI 230: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 7 in F Major, BeRI 231: I. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 7 in F Major, BeRI 231: II. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Roman — Harpsichord Sonata No. 7 in F Major, BeRI 231: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 1 in E flat major, BeRI 225
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 2 in D major, BeRI 226
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 3 in G major, BeRI 227
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 4 in D major, BeRI 228
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 5 in G minor, BeRI 229
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 6 in B flat major, BeRI 230
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 7 in F major, BeRI 231
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Notes & Reviews:

Before coming to Sweden, the Italian-born harpsichordist Anna Paradiso knew little about Johan Helmich Roman, often called 'the father of Swedish music'. Here she soon realized that if Roman's music was Swedish, it was also Italian - and specifically Neapolitan, her own part of Italy: the restlessness of the harmonic idiom, the continuous shifts from one melodic gesture to another, the absence of long and balanced phrases, the theatrical character. Roman had spent five years in London as a young man before returning to Stockholm to take up his duties at the Royal Court. Fourteen years later, 1735-37, he was once more able to sample the newest trends in music in person, during a two-year sabbatical spent travelling across Europe, with Ischia, near Naples, as his goal. It would seem that many, or most, of the twelve keyboard sonatas were composed around this time or later. Why he wrote them is not known, however, nor what instrument they were intended for. In 1746, shortly after he had retired, Roman assembled the pieces, each consisting of between three and seven movements, in a single manuscript. They remained unpublished, however, and as Roman did not provide any titles to them, they have since been referred to both as 'suites' and 'sonatas'. Whatever the label, this fascinating collection is a testimony of a period of great stylistic diversity and change, as observed by a composer who, although geographically relegated to the outskirts of Europe, remained wide-open to new developments. On this, the first of two discs, Anna Paradiso emphasizes this aspect of the composer, performing the first seven sonatas of the set on three different instruments - a French and an Italian harpsichord and a copy of a clavichord built in Sweden in 1742 - with well-judged ornamentations and use of rubato.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Länna Church, Sweden (11/2013).



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>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 1 in E flat major, BeRI 225
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 2 in D major, BeRI 226
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 3 in G major, BeRI 227
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 4 in D major, BeRI 228
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 5 in G minor, BeRI 229
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 6 in B flat major, BeRI 230
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Keyboard Suite no 7 in F major, BeRI 231
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque