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Scarlatti: The Keyboard Sonatas Box set

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Scott Ross's award-winning complete Scarlatti keyboard sonatas, first released on Erato in 1988, stand as a landmark in recording history. This re-release marks 25 years since Ross's death in June 1989 at age 38. In the 1980s, Ross became the first musician to record the complete keyboard sonatas 555 in all of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). Born in Pittsburgh, Ross moved with his mother to France in his early teens and attended the conservatories of Nice and Paris. After a 12-year stint as an academic in Quebec, he returned to France permanently in 1985 and made his home there. To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Scarlatti's birth in 1985, French radio asked Ross to perform the composers complete sonatas, for broadcast in a series of weekly programs. He recorded two sonatas a day over a period of 15 months in 1984/85. Many had never been recorded before, even though a limited selection had featured in the repertoire of major pianists including Horowitz, Michelangeli, Gieseking, Haskil and Gilels for decades. In 1988 Ross received the Grand Prix du Disque for his complete Scarlatti sonatas from Frances prestigious and authoritative Académie Charles Cros, among many other awards. In 1988 he was named Musical Personality of the Year by the Syndicat des critiques français. Domenico Scarlatti's sonatas are colorful, intense and captivating one-movement works, which explore a variety of expressive worlds and technical possibilities. Each lasts just a few minutes and many reflect the musical influence of the Iberian Peninsula, where the Neapolitan-born Scarlatti spent much of his life, notably as the music master of Maria Barbara, a Portuguese princess who later became Queen of Spain. In Madrid, towards the end of his life, Scarlatti became friendly with the legendary castrato Farinelli, who returned to Italy with copies of the manuscripts of the sonatas. The 34 CD are presented in deluxe packaging, with a 20-page printed booklet; this is complemented by 200 pages of online documentation, including a commentary on each of the sonatas (along with the musical notation of its opening bars).

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Ross possesses all the necessary virtuoso flair and stylish sensitivity to bring this exciting music bounding to life --The New York Times

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 1 (L. 366)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 2 (L. 388)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 3 (L. 378)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 4 (L. 390)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 5 (L. 367)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 6 (L. 479)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 7 (L. 379)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 8 (L. 488) ('Bucolic')
  9. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 9 (L. 413), 'Pastorale'
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 10 (L. 370)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 11 (L. 352)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 12 (L. 489)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 13 (L. 486)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 14 (L. 387)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 15 (L. 374)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 16 (L. 397)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 17 (L. 384)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 18 (L. 416)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 19 (L. 383)

Disc: 2

  1. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 20 (L. 375) 'Capriccio'
  2. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 21 (L. 363)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 22 (L. 360)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 23 (L. 411)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 24 (L. 495)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor, K. 25 (L. 481)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 26 (L. 368)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 27 (L. 449)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 28 (L. 373)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 29 (L. 461)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 30 (L. 499) ('The Cat's Fugue')

Disc: 3

  1. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 31 (L. 231)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 32 (L. 423)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 33 (L. 424)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 34 (L. S7)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 35 (L. 386)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 36 (L. 245)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 37 (L. 406)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 38 (L. 478)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 39 (L. 391)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 40 (L. 357)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 41
  12. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 42 (L. S36)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 43 (L. 40)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 44 (L. 432)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 45 (L. 265)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 46 (L. 25)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 47 (L. 46)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 48 (L. 157)

Disc: 4

  1. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 49 (L. 301)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 50 (L. 440)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 51 (L. 20)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 52 (L. 267)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 53 (L. 261)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 54 (L. 241)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 55 (L. 335)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 56 (L. 356)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 57 (L. S38)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 58 (L. 158)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 59 (L. 71)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 60 (L. 13)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 61 (L. 136)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 62 (L. 45)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 63 (L. 84)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 64 (L. 58)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 65 (L. 195)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 66 (L. 496)

Disc: 5

  1. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor, K. 67 (L. 32)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 68 (L. 114)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 69 (L. 382)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 70 (L. 50)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 71 (L. 81)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 72 (L. 401)
  7. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in C minor, K. 73 (L. 217)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 74 (L. 94)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 75 (L. 53)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 76 (L. 185)
  11. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in D minor, K. 77 (L. 168)
  12. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in F major, K. 78 (L. 75)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 79 (L. 80)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 80
  15. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 82 (L. 30)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 83 (L. S31)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 84 (L. 10)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 85 (L. 166)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 86 (L. 403)
  20. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 87 (L. 33)
  21. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 92 (L. 362)
  22. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 93 (L. 336)

Disc: 6

  1. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 94
  2. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 95 (L. 358) (poss. spurious)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 96 (L. 465) 'La caccia'
  4. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 97 (poss. spurious)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 98 (L. 325)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 99 (L. 317)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 100 (L. 355)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 101 (L. 494)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 102 (L. 89)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 103 (L. 233)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 104 (L. 442)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 105 (L. 204)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 106 (L. 437)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 107 (L. 474)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 108 (L. 249)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 109 (L. 138)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 110 (L. 469)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 111 (L. 130)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 112 (L. 298)

Disc: 7

  1. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 113 (L. 345)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 114 (L. 344)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 115 (L. 407)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 116 (L. 452)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 117 (L. 244)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 118 (L. 122)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 119 (L. 415)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 120 (L. 215)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 121 (L. 181)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 122 (L. 334)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 123 (L. 111)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 124 (L. 232)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 125 (L. 487)

Disc: 8

  1. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 126 (L. 402)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in A flat major, K. 127 (L. 186)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in B flat minor, K. 128 (L. 296)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 129 (L. 460)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in A flat major, K. 130 (L. 190)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in B flat minor, K. 131 (L. 300)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 132 (L. 457)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 133 (L. 282)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 134 (L. 221)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 135 (L. 224)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 136 (L. 377)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 137 (L. 315)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 138 (L. 464)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 139 (L. 6)

Disc: 9

  1. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 140 (L. 107)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 141 (L. 422)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor, K. 142
  4. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 143
  5. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 144
  6. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 145 (L. 369)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 146 (L. 349)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 147 (L. 376)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 148 (L. 64)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 149 (L. 93)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 150 (L. 117)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 151 (L. 330)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 152 (L. 179)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 153 (L. 445)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 154 (L. 96)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 155 (L. 197)

Disc: 10

  1. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 156 (L. 101)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 157 (L. 405)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 158 (L. 4)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 159 (L. 104) 'La caccia'
  5. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 160 (L. 15)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 161 (L. 417)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 162 (L. 21)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 163 (L. 63)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 164 (L. 59)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 165 (L. 52)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 166 (L. 51)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 167 (L. 329)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 168 (L. 280)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 169 (L. 331)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 170 (L. 303)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 171 (L. 77)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 172 (L. S40)

Disc: 11

  1. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 173 (L. 447)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 174 (L. 410)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 175 (L. 429)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 176 (L. 163)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 177 (L. 364)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 178 (L. 162)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 179 (L. 177)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 180 (L. 272)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 181 (L. 194)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 182 (L. 139)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 183 (L. 473)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 184 (L. 189)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 185 (L. 173)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 186 (L. 72)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 187 (L. 285)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 188 (L. 239)

Disc: 12

  1. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 189 (L. 143)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 190 (L. 250)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 191 (L. 207)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 192 (L. 216)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 193 (L. 142)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 194 (L. 28)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 195 (L. S18)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 196 (L. 38)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 197 (L. 147)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 198 (L. 22)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 199 (L. 253)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 200 (L. 54)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 201 (L. 129)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 202 (L. 498)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 203 (L. 380)

Disc: 13

  1. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 204a
  2. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 204b
  3. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 205 (L. S23)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 206 (L. 257)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 207 (L. 371)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 208 (L. 238)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 209 (L. 428)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 210 (L. 123)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 211 (L. 133)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 212 (L. 135)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 213 (L. 108) 'The Lover'
  12. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 214 (L. 165)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 215 (L. 323)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 216 (L. 273)

Disc: 14

  1. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 217 (L. 42)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 218 (L. 392)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 219 (L. 393)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 220 (L. 342)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 221 (L. 259)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 222 (L. 309)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 223 (L. 214)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 224 (L. 268)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 225 (L. 351)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 226 (L. 112)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 227 (L. 347)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 228 (L. 399)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 229 (L. 199)

Disc: 15

  1. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 230 (L. 354)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 231 (L. 409)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 232 (L. 62)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 233 (L. 467)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 234 (L. 49)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 235 (L. 154)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 236 (L. 161)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 237 (L. 308)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 238 (L. 27)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 239 (L. 281)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 240 (L. S29)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 241 (L. 180)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 242 (L. 202)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 243 (L. 353)

Disc: 16

  1. Sonata for keyboard in B major, K. 244 (L. 348)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in B major, K. 245 (L. 450)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in C sharp minor, K. 246 (L. 260)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in C sharp minor, K. 247 (L. 256)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 248 (L. S35)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 249 (L. 39)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 250 (L. 174)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 251 (L. 305)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 252 (L. 159)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 253 (L. 320)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 254 (L. 219)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 255 (L. 439)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 256 (L. 228)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 257 (L. 169)

Disc: 17

  1. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 258 (L. 178)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 259 (L. 103)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 260 (L. 124)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in B major, K. 261 (L. 148)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in B major, K. 262 (L. 446)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 263 (L. 321)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 264 (L. 466)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 265 (L. S32)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 266 (L. 48)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 267 (L. 434)

Disc: 18

  1. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 268 (L. 41)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 269 (L. 307)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 270 (L. 459)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 271 (L. 155)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 272 (L. 145)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 273 (L. 398)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 274 (L. 297)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 275 (L. 328)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 276 (L. S20)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 277 (L. 183)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 278 (L. S15)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 279 (L. 468)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 280 (L. 237)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 281 (L. 56)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 282 (L. 484)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 283 (L. 318)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 284 (L. 90)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 285 (L. 91)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 286 (L. 394)

Disc: 19

  1. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 289 (L. 78)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 290 (L. 85)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 291 (L. 61)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 292 (L. 24)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 293 (L. S44)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 294 (L. 67)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 295 (L. 270)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 296 (L. 198)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 297 (L. S19)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 298 (L. S6)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 299 (L. 210)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 300 (L. 92)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 301 (L. 493)

Disc: 20

  1. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 302 (L. 7)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 303 (L. 9)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 304 (L. 88)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 305 (L. 322)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 306 (L. 16)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 307 (L. 115)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 308 (L. 359)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 309 (L. 454)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 310 (L. 248)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 311 (L. 144)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 312 (L. 264)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 313 (L. 192)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 314 (L. 441)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 315 (L. 235)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 316 (L. 299)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 317 (L. 66)

Disc: 21

  1. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp major, K. 318 (L. 31)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp major, K. 319 (L. 35)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 320 (L. 341)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 321 (L. 258)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 322 (L. 483)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 323 (L. 95)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 324 (L. 332)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 325 (L. 37)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 326 (L. 201)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 327 (L. 152)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 329 (L. S5)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 330 (L. 55)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 331 (L. 18)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 332 (L. 141)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 333 (L. 269)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 334 (L. 100)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 335 (L. 510)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 336 (L. 337)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 337 (L. S26)
  20. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 338 (L. 87)

Disc: 22

  1. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 339 (L. 251)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 340 (L. 105)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 341 (L. 140)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 342 (L. 191)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 343 (L. 291)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 344 (L. 295)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 345 (L. 306)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 346 (L. 60)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 347 (L. 126)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 348 (L. 127)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 349 (L. 170)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 350 (L. 230)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 351 (L. S34)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 352 (L. 513)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 353 (L. 313)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 354 (L. 68)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 355 (L. S22)

Disc: 23

  1. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 356 (L. 443)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 357 (L. S45)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 358 (L. 412)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 359 (L. 448)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 360 (L. 400)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 361 (L. 247)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 362 (L. 156)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 363 (L. 160)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 364 (L. 436)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 365 (L. 480)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 366 (L. 119)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 367 (L. 172)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 368 (L. S30)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 369 (L. 240)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 370 (L. 316)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 371 (L. 17)

Disc: 24

  1. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 372 (L. 302)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 373 (L. 98)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 374 (L. 76)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 375 (L. 389)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 376 (L. 34)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 377 (L. 263)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 378 (L. 276)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 379 (L. 73)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) 'Cortège'
  10. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 381 (L. 225)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 382 (L. S33)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 383 (L. 134)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 384 (L. 2)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 385 (L. 284)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 386 (L. 171)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 387 (L. 175)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 388 (L. 414)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 389 (L. 482)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 390 (L. 234)
  20. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 391 (L. 79)

Disc: 25

  1. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 392 (L. 246)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 393 (L. 74)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 394 (L. 275)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 395 (L. 65)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 396 (L. 110)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 397 (L. 208)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 398 (L. 218)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 399 (L. 274)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 400 (L. 213)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 401 (L. 365)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 402 (L. 427)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 403 (L. 470)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 404 (L. 222)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 405 (L. 43)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 406 (L. 5)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 407 (L. S4)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 408 (L. 346)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 409 (L. 150)

Disc: 26

  1. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 410 (L. S43)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 411 (L. 69)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 412 (L. 182)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 413 (L. 125)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 414 (L. 310)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 415 (L. 511)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 416 (L. 149)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 417 (L. 462)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 418 (L. 26)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 419 (L. 279)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 420 (L. S2)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 421 (L. 252)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 422 (L. 451)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 423 (L. 102)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 424 (L. 289)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 425 (L. 333)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 426 (L. 128)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 427 (L. 286)

Disc: 27

  1. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 428 (L. 131)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 429 (L. 132) 'Barcarolle'
  3. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 430 (L. 463) 'Tempo di ballo'
  4. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 431 (L. 83)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 432 (L. 288)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 433 (L. 453)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 434 (L. 343)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 435 (L. 361)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 436 (L. 109)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 437 (L. 278)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 438 (L. 381)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 439 (L. 47)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 440 (L. 97)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 441 (L. S39)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 442 (L. 319)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 443 (L. 418)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 444 (L. 420)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 445 (L. 385)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 446 (L. 433)
  20. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor, K. 447 (L. 294)
  21. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor, K. 448 (L. 485)

Disc: 28

  1. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 449 (L. 444)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 450 (L. 338) 'Burlesca'
  3. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 451 (L. 243)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 452
  5. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 453
  6. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 454 (L. 184)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 455 (L. 209)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 456 (L. 491)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 457 (L. 292)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 458 (L. 212)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 459 (L. 514)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 460 (L. 324)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 461 (L. 8)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 462 (L. 438)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 463 (L. 471)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 464 (L. 151)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 465 (L. 242)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 466 (L. 118)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 467 (L. 476)

Disc: 29

  1. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 468 (L. 226)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 469 (L. 431)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 470 (L. 304)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 471 (L. 82)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 472 (L. 99)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 473 (L. 229)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 474 (L. 203)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 475 (L. 220)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 476 (L. 340)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 477 (L. 290)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 478 (L. 12)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 479 (L. S16)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 480 (L. S8)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 481 (L. 187)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 482 (L. 435)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 483 (L. 472)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 484 (L. 419)

Disc: 30

  1. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 485 (L. 153)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 486 (L. 455)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 487 (L. 205)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 488 (L. S37)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 489 (L. S41)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 490 (L. 206)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 491 (L. 164)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 492 (L. 14)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 493 (L. S24)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 494 (L. 287)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 495 (L. 426)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 496 (L. 372)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 497 (L. 146)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 498 (L. 350)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 499 (L. 193)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 500 (L. 492)

Disc: 31

  1. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 501 (L. 137)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 502 (L. 3)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 503 (L. 196)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 504 (L. 29)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 505 (L. 326)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 506 (L. 70)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 507 (L. 113)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 508 (L. 19)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 509 (L. 311)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 510 (L. 277)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 511 (L. 314)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 512 (L. 339)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 513 (L. S3)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 514 (L. 1)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 515 (L. 255)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 516 (L. 512)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 517 (L. 266)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 518 (L. 116)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 519 (L. 475)

Disc: 32

  1. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 520 (L. 86)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 521 (L. 408)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 522 (L. S25)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 523 (L. 490)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 524 (L. 283)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 525 (L. 188)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 526 (L. 456)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 527 (L. 458)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 528 (L. 200)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 529 (L. 327)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 530 (L. 44)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 531 (L. 430)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 532 (L. 223)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 533 (L. 395)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 534 (L. 11)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 535 (L. 262)
  17. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 536 (L. 236)
  18. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 537 (L. 293)
  19. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 538 (L. 254)
  20. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 539 (L. 121)

Disc: 33

  1. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 540 (L. S17)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 541 (L. 120)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 542 (L. 167)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 543 (L. 227)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 544 (L. 497)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 545 (L. 500)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, K. 546 (L. 312)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 547 (L. S28)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 548 (L. 404)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 549 (L. 51)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 550 (L. S42)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 551 (L. 396)
  13. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 552 (L. 421)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 553 (L. 425)
  15. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 554 (L. S21)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 555 (L. 477)

Disc: 34

  1. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in E minor, K. 81 (L. 271): Grave
  2. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in E minor, K. 81 (L. 271): Allegro
  3. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in E minor, K. 81 (L. 271): Grave
  4. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in E minor, K. 81 (L. 271): Allegro
  5. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in G minor, K. 88 (L. 36): Grave
  6. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in G minor, K. 88 (L. 36): Andante moderato
  7. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in G minor, K. 88 (L. 36): Allegro
  8. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in G minor, K. 88 (L. 36): Minuet
  9. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in D minor, K. 89 (L. 211): Allegro
  10. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in D minor, K. 89 (L. 211): Grave
  11. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in D minor, K. 89 (L. 211): Allegro
  12. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in D minor, K. 90 (L. 106): Grave
  13. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in D minor, K. 90 (L. 106): Allegro
  14. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in D minor, K. 90 (L. 106): [Unspecified]
  15. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in D minor, K. 90 (L. 106): Allegro
  16. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in G major, K. 91 (L. 176): Grave
  17. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in G major, K. 91 (L. 176): Allegro
  18. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in G major, K. 91 (L. 176): Grave
  19. Sonata for keyboard (or solo instrument & continuo) in G major, K. 91 (L. 176): Allegro
  20. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 287 (L. S9)
  21. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 288 (L. 57)
  22. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 328 (L. S27)


Product Details

  • Performer: Scott Ross, Marc Vallon, Christophe Coin, Michel Henry, Monica Huggett
  • Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
  • Audio CD (September 2, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 34
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B0009MWAVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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By Samuel Etler on October 19, 2005
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This recent re-release of Scott Ross's complete recordings of Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas is truly a great a accomplishment. The 34 CDs contain all 555 sonatas. The vast majority are played by Ross on the harpsichord, or harpsichord's I should say. Four different harpsichords were used, one Italian and three French. While various groups of Sonatas might sound a bit different it doesn't take away from the experience at all.

And what an experience it is. Ross's harpsichord playing is bright and lively when required, relaxed and subdued at other times. While it's hard to imagine that Ross was able to become intimately familiar with 555 sonatas over the year it took to record them, his performances do not show any signs of boredom. The sonatas are overall focused and well performed.

In addition to the hundreds of harpsichord sonatas, there are also recordings of Scarlatti's five sonatas with string and woodwing accompaniment as well as his three organ sonatas. All keyboard parts are played by Ross.

The packaging of this set is very compact. Each CD is in a thick paper cover, the whole of the set in a single box. There is also a 255 page booklet that contains a short description of nearly every sonata. Additionally there is an interview with Ross from 1986.

This is a wonderful set for any fan of Scarlatti and Ross. And at the price, it would even be worth it for anyone who enjoys Baroque harpsichord music but isn't familiar with Scarlatti. I highly recommend this set.
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I've been a Scarlatti fan since I discovered the Ralph Kirkpatrick recordings on Columbia when I was in high school--some 40 years ago. Over the years I have played some of them on the piano and collected numerous recordings, performed on both harpsichord and piano. I first purchased Scott Ross's complete collection after sampling the 3-CD Scarlatti Anthologie and being pleased with what I heard. After listening to about a third of the 34 CDs on which the 555 sonatas are recorded I can say that Scott Ross's performances equal or exceed anything I've heard from any other performer on harpsichord. There are recordings by other performers I rate very highly--Wanda Landowska's characterful pre-WW II recordings and Andras Schiff's superb piano recordings of the sonatas come to mind--but Scott Ross has it all. Meticulous accuracy, a truly engaging sense of rhythm--so critical in bringing out the character of the sonatas, a superb sense of the Spanish idiom Scarlatti uses, elegant ornamentaion, a masterful selection of stops, and the wonderful recorded harpsichord sound all make this set a thoroughly satisfying musical experience for the Scarlatti lover. Bringing all of this quality to the formidable task of recording all of Scarlatti's 555 sonatas is a tremendous achievement and a true service to the music loving public. In addition to the pleasure of having such a treasure trove of great Scarlatti performances, the complete collection has afforded me the oppotunity to discover many elegant gems among Scarlatt's lesser known sonatas--the kind that stay in my head days after hearing them. That Ross died at the relatively early age of 38 was a real loss. If you're a Scarlatti fan, treat yourself to this complete collection. You won't be disappointed.
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I can't imagine anyone regretting purchase of this set. Not only is it a remarkable bargain, it is technically and musically of the highest caliber.

I have been collecting Scarlatti recordings for 30 years. It's hard to think of another composer whose works allow for so much variation in interpretation. A Scarlatti sonata that seems hum-drum when played by performer X can be absolutely hair-raisingly electrifying when played by performer Y. Five or even ten different performances of some of these 555 would not be too much.

Scott Ross's traversal of all 555 sonatas-- played on several different harpsichords, all excellent instruments (with just a few sonatas played in ensemble or on an organ, in accordance with the composer's apparent intentions) -- is the most exciting addition I have ever made to my collection. It should be the core of any collection of Scarlatti recordings. It is now certainly the core of mine.

Besides the obvious advantage of completeness, the greater miracle of these discs is that Ross's interpretations are consistently fine. Never show-offy (some people play some of these so fast you can't believe it -- but also so fast you miss a lot of the fine detail that makes Scarlatti so rewarding), Ross is also never plodding. Some of these pieces benefit enormously from being played a bit slower than virtuosi tend to take them. However, in Scarlatti speed and precision count -- and Ross has all you could ask for.

I have fine piano versions in my collection that bring me great pleasure, but on the whole I prefer my Scarlatti via the thinner but cleaner sonorities of the harpsichord, especially in the bass register.
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Even to "review" Scott Ross's 34 CD set from Warner (now in danger of being out of print)seems presumptuous. This feat, so stunning in every way, makes a mere Michael Phelps just another Guiness Book of Records item. What do a few more seconds of invisible swimming achievement have to offer me? Nothing.

I know well and own recordings of these amazing harpsichord sonatas by Landowska, Kirkpatrick, Valenti, Pinnock, Kipnis, Belder and others. All have their virtues. But Ross's mastering of these 500 plus sonatas in a year or so, to produce non-mechanical, far from routine run-throughs, is sui generis. Ross seems influenced by Valenti, particularly, but retains an expressiveness and vitality that even Valenti began to lose as his old Westminster LPs were being spewed out.

Even to "recommend" this set seems a bit ridiculous, like "recommending" the Grand Canyon.

Harold Fromm
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