Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Scarlatti, K34

Finally found a Scarlatti sonata that's within the realm of my modest abilities. Even so, it will take me some time:

Guitar transcriptions work well too:

Here's Horowitz, a Scarlatti master, in Moscow, 1986, on the preceding K33:

Note the 'hushers' in the audience. Interestingly just read this about this concert:
In 1986, Horowitz announced that he would return to the Soviet Union for the first time since 1925 to give recitals in Moscow and Leningrad. In the new atmosphere of communication and understanding between the USSR and the USA, these concerts were seen as events of political, as well as musical, significance. Most of the tickets for the Moscow concert were reserved for the Soviet elite and few sold to the general public. This resulted in a number of Moscow Conservatory students crashing the concert, which was audible to viewers of the internationally televised recital.

The recording was later released and became a bestseller. Here he is playing my favourite, K466:

And to end by fucking it all up, this Lady Gaga-Scarlatti Echojam/mashup thing, actually pretty good:

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