Monday, September 16, 2013

Scarlatti and the Neapolitan Song

"Don't be put off by the title, 'Scarlatti and the Neapolitan Song,' thinking that it's likely to be a gimmicky mis-match of unrelated music. On the contrary, harpsichordist Francesco Cera may well have found the secret to performing Scarlatti sonatas, which -- however well played -- are very hard to listen to one after the other in a whole program. The musical connection between the two types of 18th-century music (there are nine Scarlatti sonatas and seven mostly anonymous songs here) is so close that you come to know that they are not so different after all. The excellent sequencing of pieces shows just how perfect are the musicians' ears as they match keys and moods so well ..." (Catherine Moore, American Record Guide, July/August 2013, p. 143).

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