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Scarlatti: Sonates Pour Clavier [Box set]

Christian Zacharias Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0040UEI3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. - Sonate K 162 (L 21) E-Dur: Andante - Allegro
2. - Sonate K 481 (L 187) F-Moll: Cantabile
3. - Sonate K 460 (L 324) C-Dur
4. - Sonate K 96 (L 465) D-Dur
5. - Sonate K 87 (L 33) H-Moll
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Disc: 2
1. - Sonate K 124 (L 232) G-Dur: Allegro
2. - Sonate K 208 (L 238) A-Dur: Andante E Cantabile
3. - Sonate K 209 (L 428) A-Dur: Allegro
4. - Sonate K 434 (L 203) Es-Dur: Andante E Cantabile
5. - Sonate K 475 (L 220) Es-Dur: Allegrissimo
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Disc: 3
1. Sonate fr Klavier K 22 (L 360) c-moll: Allegro
2. Sonate fr Klavier K 11 (L 352) d-moll
3. Sonate fr Klavier K 502 (L 3) C-Dur: Allegro
4. Sonate fr Klavier K 146 (L 349) G-Dur (Zweifelhafte Echtheit)
5. Sonate fr Klavier K 141 (L 422) d-moll: Allegro
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Disc: 4
1. Sonata fr Klavier K 55: G-dur (Rec.: Baden-Baden 1973)
2. Sonata fr Klavier K 55: G-dur (Rec.: Juvisy sur Orge 1973)
3. Sonata fr Klavier K 55: G-dur (Rec.: Kairo 1978)
4. Sonata fr Klavier K 55: G-dur (Rec.: Stuttgart 1984)
5. Sonata fr Klavier K 55: G-dur (Rec.: Paris 1984)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Scarlatti pianist since Horowitz 7 Dec 2011
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I have long been a fan of Christian Zacharias, having bought his first recording of the Schubert G major Sonata D894 on LP [and I still prefer it to his later remake], and his first LP of 11 Scarlatti sonatas, recorded in 1979.
Two further LPs followed, each with 11 sonatas, recorded respectively in 1981 and 1984. All 3 were issued as a box set in 1985 [which I have long cherished]: but, as John Duarte noted in 'Gramophone' at the time, there were several mistakes in the documentation.

The contents of those 3 LPs occupy the first 2 CDs in this set [76'55 & 73'39]. The third [70'32] consists of a group of 16 sonatas recorded in 1994, issued only on CD. The fourth disc here [a big mistake, in my view] consists of 20 different live performances of the sonata in G major Kk.55, given as a regular encore at recitals all over Europe between 1973 and 1994 [63'12]. The individual timings vary between 1'55 and 3'24, and the recordings range from good to barely adequate. It is a sonata which does not otherwise appear in the set, and it would surely have been better just to have picked the best one and added it to the third disc.

The 4th CD aside, this is a highly desirable set, well recorded and played by the pianist who, in my opinion, has as much to say about Scarlatti as any since Horowitz. It is offered at bargain price, but the notes are only in French.

Added in Edit: Notwithstanding my reservations about the 4th CD in this set, I note that used copies of the original single CD issue are now commanding astronomical prices online, presumably because it sold very poorly and is thus extremely rare. One cannot, unfortunately, assume this will enhance the resale value of the present set after it is deleted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlatti on Piano 21 Jun 2013
By Richard E Simnett - Published on Amazon.com
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I began listening to the Scarlatti sonatas on Horowitz recordings. I also bought the two complete sets by Ross and Belder on plucked string instruments of various vintages. Zacharias offers 3 discs of studio recordings on piano, and one disc of live performance in different venues and on different instruments, all of the SAME sonata. As piano recordings the first 3 surpass Horowitz discs. The style is different though, and while I like it a lot some Horowitz lovers may not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REVUE DE PRESSE 18 Oct 2011
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Oui ces 4 CD sont cultissimes.

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[Avec Chritian Zacharias, Scarlatti devient] concentré de vie, de couleurs et prend un poids, une rudesse de ton qu'on ne trouvait pas chez les pianiste qui ne voyaient en lui qu'un pourvoyeur en bis élégants, et dont les tous de passe-passe sont gotés de tous les publics. Les éclats, les humeurs, en un mot la monumentale dimension qu'il trouve ici sont de ceux qu'on pourait faire supporter à une sonate de Beethoven. Enfin, Scarlatti prend une carrure et une intelligence ; ce n'est pas trop tt. (Etienne Morea, Diapason n 369 p. 156 - mars 1991)

Zacharias nous propose cette anthologie excellemment structurée, variant avec brio les caractères gais ou emportés et les pages plus méditatives. Son jeu très classique et presque austère recrée avec un rare bonheur l'univers kaléidoscopique de Scarlatti. Chaque sonate est campée avec franchise et justesse de caractère. Le ton reste toujours élégant et d'une précision remarquable. (Michel Laizé, Répertoire n 35 p. 60 - avril 1991)

[Christian Zacharias] joue avec distinction, certes, mais comme entre deux eaux : toujours entre le forte et le piano, comme tiraillé entre la volonté de jouer sobrement et la tentation de ne pas sous-employer son instrument, avec le risque que cela comporte de basculer dans un univers sonore résolument romantique. Cela dit, grce a sa technique excellente et notamment sa belle indépendance des deux mains, il nous donne quelques sonates particulièrement réussies : La Sonate en sol majeur K 454 et surtout la Sonate K 455, elle aussi en sol majeur, d'une vélocité fulgurante. (Jean-Marie Piel, Diapason n 247 p. 65 - février 1980)

Grace à une sonorité capiteuse, une digitalité souveraine (ses détachés, ses croisement de mains), [Christian Zacharias] peut aligner des trilles d'une surprenante beauté, arborer une volubilitéaccrocheuse (K 96), tisser une texture pianistique d'une rare densité (K 512 ou quatre mains semble parcourir le clavier). S'il n'est pas toujours captivant dans certaines sonates lentes (L 545 ou K 466 en raison de la (très) relative monotonie de sa palette sonore, on trouvera savoureuse la lenteur calculée, avec ses rubatos (effets de rythmes et de tempo) insensés, de la célèbre Sonate K 380. (Jean-Luc Macia, Compact n 61 p. 56 - février 1991)
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