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Domenico Scarlatti, Sonatas, Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord (released on September 15, 2002)
Scott Ross (December 21, 2005)
Alain Planès (June 30, 2005)
Mikhail Pletnev (February 8, 2005)
Ivo Pogorelich (July 8, 2004)
The final pairing of sonatas, K. 175 in A minor and K. 222 in A major, are a jangly explosion of sound, an angry piling up of Scarlatti's trademark harmonic complexity in the former and a slightly demented gigue in the latter. These tracks are an apt conclusion for a program of 27 sonatas, chosen by Weiss from several of Scarlatti's collections and compositional styles and arranged in sets of two or three around a common tonic note. Richard Langham Smith's eclectic liner notes, written in abecedarian format (from the conclusion: "X was the sign for a sharp in Scarlatti's manuscripts . . . Zampogna. Bagpipe effects occur occasionally in Scarlatti's music but not for long"), offer little illumination on the selection.
Satirino SR 021