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  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00006RHPK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Keyboard Sonata in C major, K. 461/L.8/P.324: Keyboard Sonata in C major, K.461/L.8/P.324: Allegro 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Keyboard Sonata in F major, K. 82/L.30/P.25: Keyboard Sonata in F major, K.82/L.30/P.25 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Keyboard Sonata in G major, K.284/L.90/P.169: Allegro 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, K.507/L.113/P.478: Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, K.507/L.113/P.478: Andantino cantabile 6:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Keyboard Sonata in D major, K. 214/L.165/P.430: Keyboard Sonata in D major, K.214/L.165/P.430: Allegro vivo 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Keyboard Sonata in A major, K. 404/L.222/P.436: Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.404/L.222/P.436: Andante 7:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Keyboard Sonata in G major, K. 124/L.232/P.110: Keyboard Sonata in G major, K.124/L.232/P.110: Allegro 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Keyboard Sonata in A major, K. 536/L.236/P.540: Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.536/L.236/P.540: Cantabile 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Keyboard Sonata in G major, K. 494/L.287/P.444: Keyboard Sonata in G major, K.494/L.287/P.444: Allegro 4:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Keyboard Sonata in G minor, K.546/L.312/P.550: Keyboard Sonata in G minor, K.546/L.312/P.550: Cantabile 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.113/L.345/P.160 +: Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.113/L.345/P.160: Allegro 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K. 227/L.347/P.52: Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K.227/L.347/P.52: Allegro 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Keyboard Sonata in A major, K. 26/L.368/P.82 +: Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.26/L.368/P.82: Presto 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Keyboard Sonata in C major, K. 548/L.404/P.552: Keyboard Sonata in C major, K.548/L.404/P.552: Allegretto 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Keyboard Sonata in C minor, K. 37/L.406/P.2: Keyboard Sonata in C minor, K.37/L.406/P.2: Allegro 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Sonates K.461, K.82, K.266, K.284, K.507, K.214, K.404, K.124, K.536, K.494, K.546, K.113, K.227, K.26, K.548, K.37 / Benjamin Frith, piano

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Musicman on 23 Oct. 2010
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There ought to be a way of "multi review". As I have all 13 discs and they all are brilliant it would save 13 identical reviews.
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"An ingenious Jesting with Art:" 26 Jan. 2003
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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Scarlatti's sonatas were originally entitled 'Essercizi' ('Exercises'), and their purpose was to provide musical études for the development of keyboard technique, primarily for his patroness, Queen Maria Barbara of Spain, who must have been a talented harpsichordist. In one of his published collections, he indicated that the Essercizi offer 'no profound Learning, but rather an ingenious Jesting with Art, to accomodate you to the Mastery of the Harpsichord.' And indeed these pieces are almost universally loved and admired for that very quality of wearing art lightly while providing lovely melody, interesting harmony, rhythmic variety.
This, the fifth in the ongoing series of recordings of all 555 of Scarlatti's sonatas, features yet another fine pianist, Benjamin Frith, known to me only from earlier recordings from the Romantic literature (Schumann, Mendelssohn, Weber and John Field). The pianists featured in earlier volumes have been Eteri Andjaparidze, Michael Lewin, Jenö Jando, and Beatrice Long. All have been worthwhile issues, except possibly that of Ms Long, which lacked spine and spirit.
This issue takes its place proudly with the other 'keepers.' They don't erase memories of Horowitz, Weissenberg, and more recently of Dubravka Tomsic. But they are musical, lively, cleanly and spiritedly played. And you can't beat the price.
Recommended.
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Yet another interpretive take--and a fine one 16 May 2005
By Eloi - Published on Amazon.com
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Benjamin Frith plays these sonatas more lyrically than others. That doesn't mean he lacks dynamic contrast or speed where needed, but his K 284 and K 214 are a welcome relief from the banging of Pletnev and others.

And did I mention speed? K 82, a sonata that shares the toccata-like quality of K 141, though in a major key, has serious chops. The notes point out that this sonata appears in the Venice Ms. of 1742 but also in a Portuguese Ms. of c. 1720, long before the only published collection to appear in Scarlatti's lifetime, the 1738 _Essercizi_ (K 1-30). Of course, Kirkpatrick notes in his book _Domenico Scarlatti_ that his numbers only follow the order of the sources and don't really imply chronology--a point he then conveniently forgets! Assuming that Scarlatti wrote most of the sonatas in Portugal and Spain for his royal patron Maria Barbera--and even this is not certain--K 82 may well be the state of Scarlatti's music at the start of his remarkable sonata-writing binge. It's kind of humbling.

The only drawback to Frith's playing is that he sometimes breaks up sections with pauses that make the piece sound choppy--an example is the first sonata on the CD, K 461. The second half opens with a wonderful and uncommon example of consistent 4-voiced counterpoint in a passage in g minor that is given an almost identical repeat in c minor. It's hard to see why Frith needs to make a break between these two passages, but he does.

As always in this series, there are comparatively unknown sonatas, like the excellent K 494, as well as well-known works like K 113. Most take this sonata at a faster pace than Frith to show off--because it demands difficult hand-crossing throughout. Frith certainly doesn't play slowly, but he retains enough control to use dynamic contrast effectively in one of the best performances I've ever heard.

I could say the same about the whole recording, a bargain at any price.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Poetic, lyrical Scarlatti playing 22 April 2007
By Steven Eldredge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am very happy that Naxos embarked on this project to record all 500+ of Domenico Scarlatti's sonatas, on piano, with different pianists. The series as a whole maintains high standards, while to be sure certain of the issues stand above their peers. This fifth volume, played by pianist Benjamin Frith is one such. It focuses on some very reflective sonatas, and he plays them with exquisite color, tonal control, lyricism and refinement. That is not to say he is unable to toss handfuls of lit firecrackers when the composer demands it, but even then the music seems to have space to sing and doesn't feel unduly driven.

Of the many many discs of Scarlatti sonatas I own, this one has brought me particular pleasure. I recommend it without reservation.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great CD! 18 July 2012
By AW - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great CD. I have enjoyed listening to it very much. I am collecting all the Scarlotti recordings in this series. Each CD has a different pianist. None of disappointed so far.
Five Stars 13 April 2015
By Doctor IJG - Published on Amazon.com
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Good quality CD! Super performance! Thanks!
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