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Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758): The 12 Keyboard Sonatas, Nos. 8-12; Johan Agrell (1706-65): Sonata II / Anna Paradiso, harpsichord

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  1. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 8 in A Major, BeRI 232: I. Commodo $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 8 in A Major, BeRI 232: II. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 8 in A Major, BeRI 232: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 8 in A Major, BeRI 232: IV. Scozzese. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, BeRI 233: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, BeRI 233: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, BeRI 233: III. — $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, BeRI 233: IV. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 10 in B Minor, BeRI 234: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 10 in B Minor, BeRI 234: II. Come alla breve $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 10 in B Minor, BeRI 234: III. — $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 10 in B Minor, BeRI 234: IV. — $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 10 in B Minor, BeRI 234: V. Tempo di menuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 11 in F Minor, BeRI 235: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 11 in F Minor, BeRI 235: II. — $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 11 in F Minor, BeRI 235: III. Lento poco $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 11 in F Minor, BeRI 235: IV. — $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 12 in E Minor, BeRI 236: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 12 in E Minor, BeRI 236: II. — $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 12 in E Minor, BeRI 236: III. — $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Roman — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, BeRI 215: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Roman — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, BeRI 215: II. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Roman — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, BeRI 215: III. — $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 2 in G Major: I. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 2 in G Major: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 2 in G Major: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 2 in G Major: IV. Minuets I & II $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Roman — Keyboard Sonata No. 2 in G Major: V. Polonese $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 8 in A major
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 9 in D minor
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 10 in B minor
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 11 in F minor
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 12 in E minor
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord in C major, BeRI 215
>Agrell, Johan Joachim : Harpsichord Sonata no 2 in C major
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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. Roman's collection of Twelve Keyboard Sonatas was preserved in a manuscript assembled around 1748, but had most likely been composed in the course of the two decades before that. Consisting of between three and seven movements, the pieces have been referred to both as 'suites' and 'sonatas'. Whatever the label, the collection is a fascinating 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. In these recordings, Anna Paradiso emphasizes this aspect, performing the sonatas on three different instruments, a French and an Italian harpsichord and a copy of a Swedish clavichord from 1742 with well-judged ornamentations and use of rubato. A previous release, with the first seven sonatas of the set, was described as 'exceptional', by the reviewer on allmusic.com, who went on to hope that 'the remaining sonatas will be released in short order by Paradiso and BIS.' That hope is here fulfilled, with the addition of an earlier keyboard sonata by Roman, as well as one by his Swedish contemporary Johan Agrell.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Länna Church, Sweden (10/2014); Länna Church, Sweden (11/2013).



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>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 8 in A major
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1759

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 9 in D minor
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1759

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 10 in B minor
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1759

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 11 in F minor
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1759

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord No 12 in E minor
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1759

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for harpsichord in C major, BeRI 215
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1728

>Agrell, Johan Joachim : Harpsichord Sonata no 2 in C major
  • Performer: Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque