Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Benjamin Alunni, Domenico Scarlatti, John Dowland|
Scarlatti: Duende / Pandora's Box
Genres: Miscellaneous, Classical
"Here, in 17 sonatas, Sempé lays bare Scarlatti's Spanish soul with a visceral immediacy that should silence any scholarly sniper fire. Technically, it's a tour de force, the F major Sonata k6 or the D minor K517 dispatche... more »
"Here, in 17 sonatas, Sempé lays bare Scarlatti's Spanish soul with a visceral immediacy that should silence any scholarly sniper fire. Technically, it's a tour de force, the F major Sonata k6 or the D minor K517 dispatched with nothing other than jazz-dropping razzmatazz ... If you buy just one Scarlatti disc this anniversary year, make it this one." -- BBC Music magazine Paradizo is the new record label of Skip Sempé, one of the most brilliant harpsichordists of our time, and founder/director of Capriccio Stravagante. The first release, Duende, is a disc of harpsichord sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. The recording presents both solo sonatas and arrangements of sonatas for two harpsichords. A breathtaking disc of high-risk virtuosity. Includes a free 74-minute CD catalog featuring excerpts from other Paradizo releases.
Excellent Scarlatti recital on an exciting new label
Arthur Leonard | New York, NY USA | 01/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Skip Sempe has collaborated with some like-minded folks to start a new early-music label, centered on himself, his various ensembles, and talented young soloists. There are already ten releases in the can, evidently, because the Scarlatti recital comes with a sampler disc from ten releases. However, so far, only the Scarlatti is available in the U.S. The Telemann disc (enticing excerpts on the sampler disc) will be released in the US in February.
Best to wait for US releases, since purchase from the Paradizo website requires an outlay of 20 euros per disc, but the US release prices are typical for a full-price line. I saw the Scarlatti in a retail store this week, after receiving my mail order copy.
The Scarlatti recital is excellent. Sempe presents 17 sonatas, involving a second harpsichordist and instrument to add weight and volume at appropriate moments - a neat solution to some of the limitations of variety in harpsichord sound. There is a nice contrast of styles in the Sonatas, and Sempe plays with real dramatic flair and insight."