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Beatrice Long: Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 4

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Beatrice Long: Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 4 Beatrice Long received degrees from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Trained under teachers including the late Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Leon Fleisher, Enrique Graf, Seymour Lipkin, and Fou Ts'ong, Long won the top prizes at the Robert Casadesus International Competition, Taipei International Competition, and the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati.



Long approaches her assignment of Scarlatti keyboard sonatas with quiet grace and a light touch. Where Jeno Jando's Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Naxos, 2001) was faithful to the harpsichord performances, Long provides her selections with more air to breathe. Long immediately captures the contrasting natures often intended in Scarlatti's compositions. Though not explicitly stated, Long's Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 4 offers several such contrasting pieces.



The Sonata in E-Flat Major, K. 474, marked Andante cantabile, was a Horowitz vehicle in which the master played with an authoritative left hand; so authoritative that it almost boomed. Horowitz often injected the romantic into his Baroque and Classical pieces and this E-Flat Major sonata is no exception. Where Horowitz's playing is on the tart side, Long is relaxed, filling in all of the sonic spaces of the composition. Her pacing is slightly slower than Horowitz's overall.



Long leans this sonata against the K. 516 in D Minor, marked Allegretto. Here her playing is staccato brief and precise, with a booming left hand where called for. This is a composition of punctuation, where K. 474 is one of narrative.



Another contrasting pair of sonatas is the K. 443 in D Major, marked Allegro, and the K. 158 in C Minor, marked Andante. The K. 443 is filled with tumbling figures that resolve in searching passages and marches. Scarlatti produced in the K. 443 a piece full of fleeting feeling. Long captures the swift changes well, expressing them with drama and precision. In contrast, the K. 158 offers a slower tempo, a minor key, and a smoother texture while retaining the same range of emotions, albeit in a muted manner. Long's light and careful touch is well employed on this collection, yet another fine addition to Naxos's on-going Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas series.



For introductory information on the Scarlatti Sonatas, see Domenico Scarlatti: An Introduction to the Keyboard Sonatas.


Track Listing: Sonata in E Major, K.215/L.323/P.281: Andante; Sonata in G minor, K.4/L.390/P.60: Allegro; Sonata in F Major, K.107/L.474/P.98: Allegro Sonata in A minor, K.532/L.223/P.536: Allegro Sonata in E Flat Major, K.474/L.203/P.502: Andante cantabile Sonata in D minor, K.516/L.S12/P.523: Allegretto; Sonata in A minor, K.175/L.429/P.136: Allegro; Sonata in C Major, K.132/L.457/P.295: Cantabile Sonata in F minor, K.519/L.475/P.445: Allegro assai Sonata in B Major, K.262/L.446/P.301: Vivo Sonata in C minor, K.99/L.317/P.135: Allegro; Sonata in D Major, K.443/L.418/P.376: Allegro; Sonata in C minor, K.158/L.4/P.123: Andante; Sonata in E Major, K.403/L.470/P.436: Allegro; Sonata in B Flat Major, K.550/L.S42/P.554: Allegretto; Sonata in G Major, K.470/L.304/P.379: Allegro.

Personnel: Beatrice Long: piano.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Naxos | Style: Classical


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