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Scarlatti: 16 Keyboard Sonatas / Joanna Leach

Album Summary

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 466/L 118
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 461/L 8
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 1/L 366
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 54/L 241
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 113/L 345
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 481/L 187
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E minor, K 198/L 22
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 208/L 238
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 209/L 428
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 491/L 164
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 492/L 14
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 64/L 58
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F sharp minor, K 25/L 481
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23
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Notes & Reviews:

Joanna Leach writes, "I chose these Sonatas because they include some of my personal favorites and demonstrate Scarlatti's very varied and innovative compositions. He presents an extremely wide range of musical expression, often showing the strong influence of Spanish folk music such in the D-Major Kk492 where imitations of guitar strumming and dramatic changes of key and mood are apparent. (Two other examples are) the D-Major Kk491 and the E-Major Kk380 (which) have a ceremonial character that calls to minds bands of musicians accompanying a religious procession, where heavy effigies of the Madonna and saints are carried through the streets." When Joanna Leach inherited a Clementi square piano in 1987, it was out of curiosity and for its historical interest that she decided to have it restored. With the help of expert restorer Andrew Lancaster, she was able to further explore the nature of these early instruments, mainly designed for domestic use. Leach, who studied with Joseph Dichler and Peter Katin, has made a specialty of the square piano and it even led to the creation of the Athene label in 1991. This latest release helps shed light on the remarkable way these instruments provide a fascinating glimpse into the performance practices of the past.



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Works Details

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 466/L 118
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Notes: Shute House, Devon, England (02/09/2006-02/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 461/L 8
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Notes: Shute House, Devon, England (02/09/2006-02/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 1/L 366
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor, K 54/L 241
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 113/L 345
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 481/L 187
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E minor, K 198/L 22
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Notes: Shute House, Devon, England (02/09/2006-02/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 208/L 238
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Notes: Shute House, Devon, England (02/09/2006-02/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 209/L 428
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Notes: Shute House, Devon, England (02/09/2006-02/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 491/L 164
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Notes: Shute House, Devon, England (02/09/2006-02/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 492/L 14
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Notes: Shute House, Devon, England (02/09/2006-02/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 64/L 58
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Notes: Shute House, Devon, England (02/09/2006-02/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1742

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F sharp minor, K 25/L 481
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23
  • Performer: Joanna Leach (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757