D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas

Virginia Black piano
CRD 3533
K27, 87, 114, 124, 132, 159, 208, 260, 401, 427, 461 & 492

[Dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter recording Scarlatti and Soler on the harpsichord, Virginia Black turns to a modern Yamaha piano for this disc containing 12 of her favourite sonatas, which cover the full range of the composer’s keyboard output. Many are among those most commonly recorded but there are some lesser-known pieces too. Black’s piano playing is relatively restrained when compared to some modern pianists’ performances of Scarlatti and she retains much of her harpsichordist’s sensibility in her approach to the music. She brings great technical control and clearly relishes all the figuration and other challenges. The playing and recording are bright and clear and all this makes the disc an excellent introduction to the composer’s music.

Noel O’Regan