David's Review Corner
, June 2020
We once again have to confront the use of a modern concert grand piano playing Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas that had been composed in the era of the harpsichord.
The Israeli-born, Alon Goldstein, leaves us in no doubt that he does not intend trying to evoke the period instrument, but is happy to perform them using the tonal quality of today’s recital pianos with a wide dynamic spectrum, while in such sonatas as the G major (K210) he wants the smooth quality that a piano makes possible. In this the twenty-forth disc, in the monumental project to record the complete edition, we are in the works published in the years 1739, 1752, 1753 and 1755, the early ones being originally intended for the Spanish Infanta Maria Barbara who was then living in Lisbon, the later ones after she was married to become the Spanish Queen in Madrid. Whether she played them as his pupil, or were written for Scarlatti to perform as her entertainment. Certainly she would have been very talented to have played the mercurial G major (K424), or the equally demanding D minor (D120) that introduces hand crossing. As a pianist Goldstein is much acclaimed and widely admired, most of his time now spent in the United States. His virtuosity here displayed with the very fast tempos he often employs even in the complexity of the F minor Sonata (K187). The Canadian recorded quality is excellent. © 2020 David’s Review Corner