Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas

Reviewed on Wed 25 May, 2016

This second Scarlatti volume from Yevgeny Sudbin embraces 18 sonatas, close on 75 minutes’ worth, and in superb sound he demonstrates the composer’s genius in full glory, whether flamboyant or intimate, or in sheer visionary accomplishment.

I wouldn’t claim to have heard each one of Domenico Scarlatti’s 555 Keyboard Sonatas (but I’d like to), for those many I do know are each the epitome of individuality and imagination, transcending the centuries between the Baroque era and us today: music that is as fresh as the proverbial daisy and there for a lifetime’s listening. Whether fast and florid (or fugal, as for the first track here, Kk417) or beautiful and beguiling (Kk208 melts the heart), the wealth of ideas is lip-smacking in its range. This second Scarlatti volume from Yevgeny Sudbin embraces 18 sonatas, close on 75 minutes’ worth, and in superb sound he demonstrates the composer’s genius in full glory, whether flamboyant or intimate, or in sheer visionary accomplishment. Sudbin’s fleet fingers, breadth of phrase and dynamic variance pay rich dividends, each piece bringing a different and rewarding adventure. Don’t miss this winner of a release.
–Colin Anderson