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MusicWeb International, March 2012

these are well-crafted, elegant, melodious, generally optimistic pieces…Victor Sangiorgio gives a faithful, cogent and infectious account of the music. …sound quality is pretty much ideal. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2011

Domenico Cimarosa’s output of some sixty-five operas placed him among the most famous Italian composers in the second half of the 18th century. But did he really also compose music for the keyboard? Well there is not a shred of evidence they were from his hand, and were ‘discovered’ almost a hundred and twenty-five years after his death in an apparent copy. That no original has ever been found, and that such a famous composer should never have had them published establishes almost beyond reasonable doubt that they are not his works. Yet, as, the present editor of a new edition asks ‘why deprive him of the credit of having composed these sparkling little sonatas’, and as no one has wanted to claim them, we have no other name for them. They are all quite short, some only in one movement, the sonata in G major hardly lasting one minute. That in itself would point to someone unaccustomed to writing arias. Still they are mostly lively, lightweight and with charm, the decorations around the melody creating a nice web of filigree. You could also question why, on the evidence of this disc, a supposedly top Italian composer did not have the pungency of his predecessor, Domenico Scarlatti. That, to some measure, can be explained by the fact they are here played on a modern piano when the more percussive harpsichord of his time would have created a very different sound. In total there are 87 sonatas attributed to his name, of which this second volume includes seventeen. The Italian pianist, Victor Sangiorgio, plays with admirable clarity… Recorded in the UK to a very high quality.

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