This month sees the release of Volume 5 in the Naxos cycle of Antonio Soler's keyboard sonatas. Each disc in the series is recorded by a different soloist, affording a variety of perspectives on the works. Performed on piano, not harpsichord, they also offer a fresh alternative to historically informed performances on original instruments.
In 1757 the young Catalan composer Antonio Soler was appointed to a distinguished position at the Escorial, the palace of the Spanish Court. The keyboard sonatas he wrote there, many specifically for the son of King Carlos III, Don Gabriel, constitute his best known achievement as a composer. The Sonatas heard on this fifth volume once again reflect the influence of Domenico Scarlatti and the latest central European models but Sonata No. 57 also draws inspiration from Spanish folk music while SonataNo. 61 ends with use of the Scotch snap rhythm.
Listen to an extract from Sonata No. 60 in C major:
II Allegro vivo
About the Artist
Born in Serbia in 1982, Mladen Čolić received his musical grounding from Ivana Branovački and Svetlana Bogino in his home town of Novi Sad. He later entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris as the recipient of a scholarship from the French government and the Académie des Beaux Arts, studying with Prisca Benoit and Jacques Rouvier. His career has been marked by more than thirty prizes in national and international piano competitions, including first prizes at the Maria Canals, Jaen and Rachmaninov Piano Competitions, and second prize at the China Shenzhen Piano Concerto Competition.
“The great range of colors and dynamics possible on the piano greatly enhance and complement the virtuosic and harmonically adventurous sonatas of Antonio Soler. Shimkus brings an attractive lyricism, a light touch, and a healthy dose of playfulness to Soler’s music.”
– American Record Guide
Listen to an extract from
Sonata No. 17 in E flat major
“While his playing is sensitive and stylish with regard to ornaments and phrasing, Borowiak is not afraid to exploit the modern concert grand’s dynamic range and potential for tone color. The intimate yet full bodied sonics are remarkably lifelike, as if Borowiak is working his magic just a few feet away from you.”
Listen to an extract from
Sonata No. 45 in G major
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