Notes & Reviews:
Onyx presents a Scarlatti recital with a twist. Joseph Moog has assembled a fascinating survey of Scarlatti Sonatas that also includes a selection of the 18th-century master's works as re-composed by some of the giants of the piano keyboard from the 19th and 20th centuries. The drama contained in Scarlatti's short, one-movement sonatas has always exerted a hold over both musicians and listeners. The development of the piano in the 19th century provided too great a temptation for composer pianist Carl Tausig, a rival of Chopin and star pupil of Liszt, to ignore these works. He, along with Ignaz Friedman exploited the drama and poetry in Scarlatti's music, using the new grand piano to its full extent. Walter Gieseking's Chaconne, a fantastical composition on a theme by Scarlatti, forms the centerpiece of Moog's unique and fascinating recital.
The Observer, 3rd February 2013
Great pianists have often been fascinated by baroque music, and have sought to bring it up to date through transcriptions. Until now I had not heard such versions of Scarlatti sonatas, however, and their full-blown orchestral textures are quite a shock...Moog's bright, sharp pianism sounds better in the originals: the arrangements need more gentle, rounded warmth.
Pianist Magazine, April/May 2013
His [Moog's] well-balanced singing tone is always enchanting. It's hard to find any faults with this Scarlatti cornucopia.
BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Inn essence Moog's 'illumination' interleaves straight performances, often delivered with chaste clarity and dexterous fingerwork, with respectful augmentations by Tausig and more exuberant makeovers by Friedman...Ultimately, a disc more diverting than illuminating - despite Moog's incontestable flashes of pianistic brilliance.
MusicWeb International, 26th April 2013
The Gieseking is the most interesting thing here...Moog's essay suggests he deserves some credit for tracking down the various unconventional arrangements we hear. This may not be Horowitz but it's very well worth any Scarlatti lover's time.
Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
Whether you consider Scarlatti 'illuminated' or obscured, you will surely delight at such enterprise and performance as finely shaded and imaginative as they are dexterous.
International Piano, July/August 2013
This is truly imaginative programming, stunningly delivered.
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