THE LAST SONATAS Domenico Scarlatti
Fabio Bonizzoni, harpsichord
Playing time: 74’33 Recorded in Utrecht (Maria Minor), Holland, in June 2003 Engineered by Adriaan Verstijnen Produced by Tini Mathot Executive producer: Carlos Céster Editorial assistant: María Díaz Cover design & illustrations: oficina tresminutos 00:03:00 Booklet essays: Fabio Bonizzoni and Stefano Russomanno Booklet in English-Français-Español-Deutsch
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DOMENICO SCARLATTI (1685-1757)
1 Sonata in si b maggiore K 550 2 Sonata is si b maggiore K 551 3 Sonata in sol minore K 546 4 Sonata in sol maggiore K 547 5 Sonata in mi b maggiore K 507 6 Sonata in mi b maggiore K 508 7 Sonata in fa maggiore K 540 8 Sonata in fa maggiore K 541 9 Sonata in re minore K 552 10 Sonata in re minore K 553 11 Sonata in fa maggiore K 542 12 Sonata in fa maggiore K 543 13 Sonata in si b maggiore K 545 14 Sonata in si b maggiore K 54615 Sonata in si minore K 87
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Generally, the CDs dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti’s harpsichord sonatas are made to include the widest possible sampling of different aspects of the composer’s work, from the youthful pieces, full of vitality, to the mature compositions which give priority to melodic qualities, by way of the works which feature daredevil virtuosity. This is not the case here. After years of preparing his incursion into the world of Scarlatti, the exquisite Fabio Bonizzoni concentrates on the late works of the composer, in the belief that it is there that the real masterpieces are to be found. Extremely beautiful, profound, deeply felt and introspective music on a disc which clearly standsout in every respect.
We have decided to include this recording in the new Glossa Platinum collection because of the aesthetic affinities between Scarlatti’s production and our contemporary world, some of which are mentioned in the excellent essay written by Stefano Russomanno for the liner notes. Moreover, this CD sees the light in the context of a new phase of Bonizzoni’s work for Glossa, following years of bringing to the fore unjustly forgotten music from the Italian Baroque repertory. This year will not only witness the release of this marvellous jewel of Scarlatti’s, but will also mark the beginning of an ambitious exploration of the world of Bach, in a solo setting as well as with La Risonanza.