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Piano Sonatas Import

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1. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 545 (L. 500)
2. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 466 (L. 118)
3. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 365 (L. 480)
4. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 435 (L. 361)
5. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 87 (L. 33)
6. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 487 (L. 205)
7. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor, K. 448 (L. 485)
8. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 492 (L. 14)
9. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 30 (L. 499) ('The Cat's Fugue')
10. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 455 (L. 209)
11. Work(s): Sonata in G minor [No Kirkpatrick number]
12. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 20 (L. 375) 'Capriccio'
13. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 429 (L. 132) 'Barcarolle'
14. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 426 (L. 128)
15. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 427 (L. 286)
16. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 197 (L. 147)
17. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 27 (L. 449)
18. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 24 (L. 495)

Product Details

  • Composer: D. Scarlatti
  • Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B0007WFY5M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2006
Yevgeny Sudbin was 25 when he made this recording of Scarlatti sonatas. Furthermore, he had not been playing the sonatas for years and years -- which rather surprised me, since his playing is so confident -- but rather had put together this program only after his agent had submitted to the BIS label a compilation disc that included only a couple of Scarlatti's sonatas, and BIS decided they wanted him to record an all-Scarlatti disc. He then systematically read through all 555 of Scarlatti's sonatas (or 'Essercizi,' as the composer called them) and whittled that number down to fifty and then finally the eighteen that are on the CD.

To say that these performances are startlingly good is something of an understatement. They are not only good, they are essential to any lover of Scarlatti. Granted, there are those who will only listen to the sonatas as played on a harpsichord and more power to them, but most of us don't mind at all hearing them on the piano and, further, most recordings of the sonatas these days are by pianists. There are some essential pianistic recordings, including Horowitz and Weissenberg (and some would include Pletnev and Babayan) but this disc wins the right to be shelved right up there with the big boys.

It is hard to know how to describe why Sudbin's playing is so wonderful, but I'll try. (It's a shame that Amazon has not seen fit to include audio clips from the CD. You'd hear immediately what I'm talking about without having to read my verbiage.) From the very beginning of the first track -- Sonata in B Flat, K. 545 -- you hear that the pianist molds each phrase with extreme musicality, both in phrasing and dynamic variation.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By I. Martinez-Ybor VINE VOICE on January 21, 2006
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On the evidence of this truly masterful Scarlatti CD on BIS, I think Yevgeny Sudbin (25!!!) may be one of the most intelligent, effective, sensitive, commanding pianists around. The beauty of this disc takes one's breath away. Sudbin's approach is totally pianistic, highly lyrical, though totally aware (and effective in the realization) of all the rhythmic intricacies and subtle structural building-blocks which create these carefully wrought gems. Scarlatti's sonatas are short but each is carefully organized. Mr. Sudbin's execution reveals their organization through clearly through phrasing and coloring so that the listener is always fully aware of where things are musically coming from, where they are going, and the varied pleasures of getting there. Thus Mr.Subdin reveals musical structure, evokes all the Spanish folkloric elements in the music, and miraculously have them support the over-arching bel-canto lines which probably more than any other element make Scarlatti so achilingly beautiful over and above the surface brilliance of his technical and rhythmic underpinnings. Listen to K.27 in b minor and you'll be haunted to replay it again and again. By using a pianistic approach, Mr. Subdin does not eschew the martillato effects and rhythmic variety which are so integral a part of Scarlatti. Rather, he uses them not as a means to show off his brilliant technique, but to underscore the musical value of each sonata. He is not bashful to pedal and shift registers, nor to bring the full palette of colors in his technique to fully realize the emotional impact of Scarlatti's music. At all times we are fully aware of listening to beautiful music by Scarlatti first and foremost, not just hearing a virtuoso brilliantly displaying pianistic technique.Read more ›
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sir Butternut Longsword VINE VOICE on December 11, 2005
There have been some fine debuts lately of some extraordinary young pianists. the good thing is that there seems to be a trend lately of pianists who are more than merely fingers, but brains and heart. Anti Sirrala's Naxos disc of Schubert Lieder trans, comes to mind(and his ondine debut of Brahms op 5 may be that works definitive recording). Alexandre Tharaud has been around a while, but his recent disc of Bach on Harmonia Mundi was exceptional, and F.F Guy has recorded excellent prokofiev and beethoven. Arcadi Volodos is another great pianist with a tone and virtuosity that may exceed Kissin's. All these pianists share a simialr quality, one that more famous pianists such as lang lang lacks, but tries to force on his audience in live performances with exagerated grimaces and swaying that makes you want to laugh more than anything else. Yundi li may be worth watching, but he needs to be careful to avoid being over exploited and despite what anyone else says, Evgeny Kissin is todays most gifted and promising pianist. And now there is Yvgeny Sudbin. This debut of Scarlatti is hands down the most exceptional debut i have ever heard. The first track is extraordinary in its control, its voicing, and excitement. This is young mans scarlatti, a thinking mans scarlatti, and though all of the previous names could play the notes, I doubt any could play it with such conviction and manical intensity. K 27 is another case in point. It may be one of the greatest tests of any who claim to be great scarlatti players.Read more ›
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