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  • Composer: Scarlatti
  • Audio CD (11 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Onyx Classics
  • ASIN: B00AWVSEH8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  1. Harpsichord Sonata in E Major, Kk. 135: Allegro 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Harpsichord Sonata in G Minor, Kk. 12: Presto (arr. Carl Tausig) 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Harpsichord Sonata in C-Sharp Minor, Kk. 247: Allegro 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Harpsichord Sonata in G Major, Kk. 523: Allegro (arr. Ignaz Friedman) 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Harpsichord Sonata in F Minor, Kk. 466: Andante moderato 7:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Harpsichord Sonata in C Major, Kk. 487: Allegro (arr. Carl Tausig) 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Harpsichord Sonata in B Minor, Kk. 87 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Chaconne on a Theme by Scarlatti 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Harpsichord Sonata in D Major, Kk. 96: Allegrissimo 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Harpsichord Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 9: Allegro (arr. Carl Tausig) 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Harpsichord Sonata in B-Flat Major, Kk. 70 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Harpsichord Sonata in F Major, Kk. 446: Pastorale allegrissimo (arr. Ignaz Friedman) 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Harpsichord Sonata in E Major, Kk. 380: Andante comodo 5:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Harpsichord Sonata in F Minor, Kk. 519: Allegro assai (arr. Carl Tausig) 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Harpsichord Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 32: Aria 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 

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A Scarlatti recital with a twist. Joseph Moog has assembled a fascinating survey of Scarlatti sonatas, and included a selection of the 18th-century master s works as re-composed by some of the giants of the piano keyboard from the 19th and 20th centuries. The drama contained in Scarlatti s short one-movement sonatas has always exerted a hold over both musicians and listeners since their composition. The development of the piano in the 19th century provided too great a temptation for composer pianist Carl Tausig, a rival of Chopin and star pupil of Liszt (and admired by Brahms and Wagner) to ignore these works. He, along with Ignaz Friedman (1882 1948) exploited drama and poetry in Scarlatti s music, using the new grand piano to its full extent. Friedman was a pianist of extraordinary gifts, and a musical freedom that some thought bordered on the eccentric. Walter Gieseking s fantastical composition on a theme by Scarlatti forms the centrepiece of Moog s recital. Gieseking (1895 1956) was a child prodigy, playing all 32 Beethoven sonatas from memory at the age of 15: 'The most difficult part was memorising them," he said, adding "and that wasn t very difficult.' Gieseking s 'Chaconne on a theme by Scarlatti' is a stupendous work of dazzling virtuosity.

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have a feeling we re going to hear much more of Moog ... he has an original turn of mind and an impressive technique. The music is never less than unexpected, with an occasional wistful quirk that hints at might-have-beens. Contrary to the usual rules, this album could be a career-making release. ALBUM OF THE WEEK --Norman Lebrecht, Sinfini Music 4 February 2013

Great pianists have often been fascinated by baroque music, and have sought to bring it up to date through transcriptions. Until now I had not heard such versions of Scarlatti sonatas, however, and their full-blown orchestral textures are quite a shock. The young German pianist Joseph Moog makes the surprise greater (perhaps not to the benefit of the arrangements) by interspersing them with taut, concise original sonatas. He features versions by Carl Tausig and Ignaz Friedman, both of whom amplify Scarlatti rather stylishly, but Walter Gieseking's fantastical Chaconne is a nightmare. Moog's bright, sharp pianism sounds better in the originals: the arrangements need more gentle, rounded warmth. --Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer 3 February 2013

... you will surely delight at such enterprise and performances as finely shaded and imaginative as they are dexterous .... Finely recorded. --Bryce Morrison, Gramophone May 2013

'...This is truly imaginative programming, stunningly delivered' --International Piano

[Moog s] well-balanced singing tone is always enchanting. It s hard to find any faults with this Scarlatti cornucopia. --Pianist Magazine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This Scarlatti disc really scintillates, presenting his sonatas interleaved with modern transcriptions of different ones by people like Tausig and Friedman, which beef them up but somehow leave their essential character intact. It is a fascinating exercise because in a way they do not lend themselves to romanticisation as Bach does, but these arrangers come up trumps anyway and Joseph Moog's articulation is Herculean in the thicker textures. The whole disc is so energising, it really makes you aware of the fantastic genius and energy of Scarlatti. In fact, all those lightbulbs on the cover lead me to wonder whether Moog's fingers couldn't be used as a new eco-friendly energy resource! The centrepiece is a Rachmaninov-like Chaconne by Walter Gieseking on the opening phrase of a slow sonata, which Moog plays in its original quiet version to round off the disc on a reflective note. The numbers he chooses are a mixture of familiar numbers with rarer ones, and you feel, thanks to Moog's splendid advocacy, that he has presented the composer in a new light, and shown how his music can be moulded to the possibilities of the modern piano in unexpected and vibrant ways, with some unparalleled trills, even from the outer fingers, it seems!
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A fascinating collection of familiar Scarlatti originals mixed with extremely rare transcriptions of Scarlatti's originals is offered on this CD.

1. Sonata K.135 in E
2. Scarlatti/Tausig: Sonata K.12 in G Minor
3. Sonata K.247 in C# Minor
4. Scarlatti/Friedman: Gigue K.523 in G
5. Sonata k.466 in F Minor
6. Scarlatti/Tausig: Sonata K.487 in C
7. Sonata K.87 in B Minor
8. Gieseking: Chaconne on a theme by Scarlatti (Sonata K.32)
9. Sonata K.96 in D
10. Scarlatti/Tausig: Pastorale (Sonata K.9) in E Minor
11. Sonata K.70 in Bb
12. Scarlatti/Friedman: Pastorale K.446 in D
13. Sonata K.380 in E
14. Scarlatti/Tausig: Sonata K.519 in F Minor
15. Sonata K.32 in D Minor

This disc contains some of the most phenomenal finger dexterity ever recorded, and I remind my readers that I worked closely with such technical wizards as Jorge Bolet, Earl Wild, and Rian de Waal; thus I do not make such a statement lightly. Joseph Moog's technique is an art unto itself, and when combined with his musicianship, the results are astounding.

We must remember that Scarlatti himself referred to the first publication of his works as Exercises. The appellation "Sonata" came later. Scarlatti was a true virtuoso of the keyboard, and these works are the product of a man who reveled in his ability and who enjoyed demonstrating to the world just how great was his technique. No one can deny that the brilliance of most of these pieces was designed to dazzle audiences.

There have been many fine recordings of most of the original Sonatas. So it is the offering of transcriptions that makes this disc a "must-have."

The Tausig Pastorale is the least rare of the transcriptions on this disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Astounding Virtuosity and Delightful Discoveries 16 May 2013
By Frank L. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A fascinating collection of familiar Scarlatti originals mixed with extremely rare transcriptions of Scarlatti's originals is offered on this CD.

1. Sonata K.135 in E
2. Scarlatti/Tausig: Sonata K.12 in G Minor
3. Sonata K.247 in C# Minor
4. Scarlatti/Friedman: Gigue K.523 in G
5. Sonata k.466 in F Minor
6. Scarlatti/Tausig: Sonata K.487 in C
7. Sonata K.87 in B Minor
8. Gieseking: Chaconne on a theme by Scarlatti (Sonata K.32)
9. Sonata K.96 in D
10. Scarlatti/Tausig: Pastorale (Sonata K.9) in E Minor
11. Sonata K.70 in Bb
12. Scarlatti/Friedman: Pastorale K.446 in D
13. Sonata K.380 in E
14. Scarlatti/Tausig: Sonata K.519 in F Minor
15. Sonata K.32 in D Minor

This disc contains some of the most phenomenal finger dexterity ever recorded, and I remind my readers that I worked closely with such technical wizards as Jorge Bolet, Earl Wild, and Rian de Waal; thus I do not make such a statement lightly. Joseph Moog's technique is an art unto itself, and when combined with his musicianship, the results are astounding.

We must remember that Scarlatti himself referred to the first publication of his works as Exercises. The appellation "Sonata" came later. Scarlatti was a true virtuoso of the keyboard, and these works are the product of a man who reveled in his ability and who enjoyed demonstrating to the world just how great was his technique. No one can deny that the brilliance of most of these pieces was designed to dazzle audiences.

There have been many fine recordings of most of the original Sonatas. So it is the offering of transcriptions that makes this disc a "must-have."

The Tausig Pastorale is the least rare of the transcriptions on this disc. My late friend Charles Rosen would on occasion ask me to play the Josef Hofmann recording of this work. Just before the runs in thirds, Charles would whisper "Listen...! Listen...!" Then Charles would go to my piano and play that passage 3 or 4 times, imitating Hofmann's sound, and proud that he could do so. Along with Hofmann, other golden age greats recorded this piece, including Rachmaninoff and Ignaz Friedman, one of the other transcribers featured on this program. Mr. Moog chooses a tempo slightly slower than the old-timers, but his tempo is certainly in keeping with the Allegretto tempo instruction.

The other Tausig transcriptions of Scarlatti are played with great energy and vitality and Mr. Moog's deft handling of the scores belies the tremendous ability required to present such performances.

Whereas the Tausig transcriptions offer brilliant "illuminations" on the virtuosity of the originals, they do not stray far from the tonal territory and even the open sonorities of the originals.

That is not the case with the Gieseking Chaconne. Containing 21 variations and a coda, this work ventures into tonalities that certainly would have shocked Scarlatti. This work is based on Sonata K.32 in D minor, which lends itself perfectly to the transformations put upon it by Gieseking. I am strongly reminded of Godowsky in this work, and I consider this work to be a small masterpiece. The CD is worth buying for this work alone! This is one of the relatively few works that makes this listener want it to continue: at 6:47, it is simply too short! Joseph Moog works magic with this piece. He coaxes the most velvety sounds from the piano and his performance is hypnotic.

My favorite Scarlatti Sonata, K.446 in D, is the source of another amazing discovery, the Pastorale by Friedman. Once again I am reminded of Godowsky. This work is treacherously difficult; yet, to the casual listener, it sounds as if a child could play it. The fact that almost no one plays this work is a testament to its difficulty, because it is so lovely that many people would want to hear it. Joseph Moog negotiates the wicked stretches and voicings with ease. Friedman's "Gigue" transcription is full of exciting and dangerous leaps, which are easily tamed by Joseph Moog.

As for the original Scarlatti works on this disc, there are some of the popular favorites, such as the elegant K.380 in E and the virtuosic K.96 in D, whose arsenal of leaps, thirds, runs, trills and repeated notes is fired off with superhuman mastery by Mr. Moog, whose finger independence and accuracy are astounding. And the program closes with the quiet K.32, the source of Gieseking's Chaconne, for a perfect ending.

Everything about this CD is first-rate. The acoustics and sound engineering are wonderful, capturing Joseph Moog's power, beauty, and finesse that he creates with the marvelous instrument used in this recording. And the piano is in tune for each track. The informative liner notes are by Jeremy Nicholas, Godowsky specialist. As someone who dabbles in photography and graphic arts, I was impressed by the creativity of the cover design.

Finally, when I first received this disc, I put it into my player with the intention of "sampling" it before seriously listening to it at a later time. I was not able to pull myself away from this disc until I had listened to it completely for three consecutive times!

Thanks to the incredibly knowledgeable Donald Manildi, Curator of the International Piano Archives at the University of Maryland, for providing me with materials necessary for this review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
wonderful 2 Oct. 2013
By Erik Batz - Published on Amazon.com
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We listen to Scarlatti Illuminated regularly...even our baby boy loves this! I plan to get another of these for my father too. Joseph Moogs technique is wonderfully expressive! His passion carries through in this recording and it feels good to hear this music...not only with my ears, but with my emotions and my heart!
Scarlatti plus, and the plus part is really worth it 11 April 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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very nice playing but the money's in the content. The "adaptations" are just marvelous, and most of all the metamorphosis by Gieseking, which I can't find published anywhere. Nice Scarlatti but not quite in the Haskil or Meyers class. Still, definitely a keeper. Smart young man to be interested enough in these byways to seek this out, he seems to be well mentored.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding 12 Jun. 2013
By Balbec - Published on Amazon.com
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The performance & engineering of this recording are elegant, revealing, & revelatory. Mr. Moog's pianism is superlative, adding a grace to Scarlatti's sonatas which makes them even more delightful than the usual somewhat dry approach. To us, Scarlatti was a composer of unique gifts, and this performance is "illuminating"!!!!!! The addition of other composers' versions of Scarlatti's work is to us superfluous. This is in our opinion a must-have for any fine music collection.
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