Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Alicia de Larrocha - Scarlatti, Handel & Soler

Celebrated for her glorious traversals of 19th and 20th-century Spanish piano repertoire, on this recording Alicia de Larrocha harks back to the Baroque, offering a selection of sonatas by Scarlatti as well as the much lesser-known ones of his contemporary (and her compatriot) Soler. Sandwiched between is her recording of the fifth of Handel’s keyboard Suite, with its celebrated ‘Harmonious Blacksmith’ variations. This issue forms part of a survey of Larrocha’s celebrated Decca recordings, with some of them (on this issue, the Scarlatti sonatas Kk. 8 and 10) appearing on CD for the first time. Six of the Soler sonatas appear from Larrocha’s Scarlatti/Soler recording, with a further two (tracks 18 and 19) from a recital of Spanish encores.

Source : http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Australian%2BEloquence/ELQ4806882

Alicia de Larrocha


Domenico Scarlatti

1 Sonata in D minor, K. 9 , L. 413  3:42
2 Sonata in F major, K. 6 , L.479  3:02
3 Sonata in D minor, K. 10 , L. 370  3:10
4 Sonata in G minor, K. 8 , L. 488  4:40
5 Sonata in G major, K. 13 , L. 486  4:13
6 Sonata in C minor, K. 11 , L. 352  3:23
7 Sonata in E major, K. 28 , L. 373  3:50

Georg Friedrich Haendel

Suite n° 5 in E major, HWV 430
8 I. Prelude  1:40
9 II. Allemande  4:28
10 III. Courante  2:14
11 IV. Air con variazione ('The Harmonious Blacksmith')  4:30

Antonio Soler

12 Sonata in D minor, R.15  4:36
13 Sonata in C-Sharp minor, 5.21  5:42
14 Sonata in D major, R.86  6:29
15 Sonata in G minor, Nin n° 11  4:05
16 Sonata in F-Sharp minor, R.85  5:36
17 Sonata in F major, R.89  3:24
18 Sonata in G minor, R.87  5:52
19 Sonata in D major, R.84  3:38


Alicia de Larrocha - p

Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London ; May 1974 [# 18 & 19] ; Decca Studio 3, West Hampstead, London ; September 4, 1979 [# 1-7] ; September 2/6, 1980 [# 12-17] ; & Henry Wood Hall, London ; January 1896 [# 11]


Melanchthon said...


george said...

Very nice post!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

marc said...

You're awesome! Thanks, Mel.

glinka21 said...

I remember reading that de Larrocha's first recording (a Scarlatti sonata) was made as a tag at the end of her teacher's recording session, when time was left over. I believe she was all of eleven. She couldn't even reach the pedals, and to simulate the effect through touch. I've heard it, and it was brilliantly done. She was a remarkable artist.

anders said...

thank you mel

BachRocks44 said...

In my opinion, Larrocha is of the best interpretors of Soler and Scarlatti.

Thank you so much for sharing this!

Alberto Cos said...

Je ne savais pas que de la Rocha havait enregistrée Scarlatti. Merci beaucoup, Mel!

Anonymous said...

Thank you MM for another gem, de Larrocha is unforgettable.

Henry said...

Thank you! Could you post a new lunk?