Scarlatti Sonatas : Anthony Newman （Harpsichord） Track listing 1. Sonatas in C Major: K. 159 1:36 2. Sonatas in C Major: K. 421 2:00 3. Sonatas in C Major: K. 721 1:57 4. Sonatas in C Major: K. 132 4:44 5. Sonatas in C Major: K. 461 2:32 6. Sonatas in C Major: K. 133 2:43 7. Sonata in A Minor: K. 175 2:33 8. Sonatas in G Major: K. 146 1:55 9. Sonatas in G Major: K. 124 2:13 10. Sonatas in G Major: K. 105 2:27 11. Sonatas in D Major: K. 430 2:02 12. Sonatas in D Major: K. 233 3:35 13. Sonatas in D Major: K. 397 2:00 14. Sonatas in D Major: K. 443 2:21 15. Sonatas in D Major: K. 535 2:34 16. Sonatas in B Minor: K. 87 3:54 17. Sonatas in B Minor: K. 377 2:06 18. Sonatas in E Major: K. 215 2:50 19. Sonatas in E Major: K. 216 2:23 20. Sonatas in E Major: K. 380 4:25 21. Sonatas in E Major: K. 531 2:19 22. Sonata in G Minor: K. 450 2:28 23. Sonata in F Minor: K. 519 2:29
This is so delicate literature that hardly any known style and technique applies to good interpretation. For example, Pletnev and other great pianists better hold back their "romantic" approach to Scarlatti, though I find interesting Pletnev selection of 32 sonatas . Then there is Kipnis who makes these sonatas piquant and a little shallow,thought I like that to. However, the real Scarlatti is neither romantic, sweet nor piquant and playful. Scarlatti sonatas are peculiar and sometimes rich in dreadful ambience, built dressed in ornamentations and various embelishments. This music depicts Scarlati's personal imprisonment and serviltude at the Royalty of the King of Spain. Anthony Newman brings Royal music to Royal instrument, three stories cembalo specially made for this occasion. He carefuly empasizes even the smallest details which makes this a glorious performance in all aspect.
Since I am not a musician,I am lacking tolls to describe this superior interpretation, but I am aware that this should be definite Scarlatti, not only for me, but for the broad audience as well. In terms of Anthony's "sewing- machine", one who find it inappropriate, should listen to Pierre Hantai to see the real dark side of Scarlatti sonatas. It is a dread horror that curdle the blood and is based on one of a kind virtuosity and intelligence of Pierre Hantai. I suggest that interpretation too.
They put that elderly Horowitz fellow to Shame.