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David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2017

The nineteenth volume in the keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti in piano adaptations include twenty-one written in a quite short single movement format. As has been often said, his writing was obviously intended for the harpsichord, and nowhere is that more obvious than in his short works, the fast scales in the F major (K482), cannot be translated to a piano without loosing that brittle brilliance of the harpsichord. Yet in the dark days when period performances became rare, it was on the piano that these works continued to be heard, and one has to add that the Croatian pianist, Goran Filipec—as he showed on his Liszt disc for Naxos—is a brilliant technician whose fingers are so meticulously precise that you can accept his whirlwind account of the joyful C major (K486) and his brilliance repeated in the G major (K432). The less active sonatas as not so successful, and the temptation to add a romantic warmth, to such sonatas as the A major (K499), is too great when he has a piano at his disposal. Even with these reservations it is one of the most desirable discs in the series. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

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