krcb header-tagline

Text Size

support krcb button 2

A Surge Of Scarlatti Sonatas

View Slideshow
  • View Slideshow
  • View Slideshow
  • View Slideshow
  • View Slideshow
  • Three centuries ago a man named Domenico Scarlatti churned out an enormous number of keyboard sonatas — more than 550. Pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can't get enough these inventive, bite-sized pieces.

    A clutch of Scarlatti albums have appeared this year and more are on the way. Albums from pianists Orion Weiss and Igor Kamez are due in the coming weeks. Here we offer a sampling of five recent releases.

    Why all the Scarlatti? Pianist David Greilsammer sees vast possibilities in the music. The Scarlatti sonatas, Greilsammer says in notes to his new album, comprise "a miraculous space designed for conception and experimentation." The composer had his formulas, but each sonata has its own colorful personality that presents itself differently in the hands of various musicians.

    Beside the obvious elegance of Scarlatti's melodies, listen for sounds of flamenco guitars and castanets (Scarlatti spent the last 28 years of his life in Spain), trumpet fanfares and orchestral effects. In his time, only a fraction of his sonatas were known. We're lucky so many of them survived and continue to delight.

    Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

    Original Source

    Music News

    Default Image
    Jun 27

    What's Past Is Present On Two New Puerto Rican Albums

    Two new albums of Puerto Rican music are giving vintage musical styles new meaning in the present. Singer Ileana Cabra and the leaders of the group Miramar all had careers in cutting edge salsa and…
    Default Image
    Jun 25

    In Songwriting, Carla Hassett Looks Home

    Born in Sao Paolo and now living in Los Angeles, singer Carla Hassett finds musical inspiration in each place she's called home. Hassett, who toured with Sergio Mendes and Billy Idol and lent her…
    Default Image
    Jun 24

    'The Hot Sardines' Album: French Fries & Champagne

    Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
    Default Image
    Jun 24

    Kip Winger Explores His Classical Side

    The band Winger is perhaps best remembered for its late 1980s rock anthems, like "Seventeen." Its musicians could play. They wrote catchy songs, and of course, they had the hair. MTV viewers ate it…