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Eighteen Harpsichord Sonatas
Jane Clark (harpsichord)
JANICULUM JAN D204  [63.06]


This is the Scarlatti who wrote 555 harpsichord sonatas of which these are a sampling.

The harpsichordist, and guiding light behind this recording project and the Janiculum label as a whole is Jane Clark. She also contributes the eight pages of insert booklet notes. She has lectured widely on Scarlatti with particular reference to the time he spent in Spain.

Scarlatti was originally Organist of St Peter's in Rome and had developed a reputation as an opera composer. He left to become music director to John V of Portugal and from there became music director to Maria Barbara and her husband, Ferdinand , Prince of Asturias.

The sonatas (some of which may date from before his move to the Iberian peninsula) echo with the guitar (as in K513), saetas, seguidillas, fandangos and the roots of flamenco. If you revel in the sound of the haprsichord the committed and flamboyant playing of Jane Clark (informed by her own research into the man, the music and the milieu) makes this an attractive proposition.


Rob Barnett


Rob Barnett

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