Tilman Skowroneck Plays Scarlatti

6

March
2011

There was a time when you could go to a harpsichord or piano recital and be presented with at least a pair of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti.

It was a tradition (of sorts).

Harpsichordists usually included them somewhere in the middle of a program, while pianists used them to open a recital—a way of warming up the hands and getting mentally settled for more difficult music that inevitably followed.

Scarlatti’s sonatas sound great on the both the harpsichord and piano. And since they tend to be attractive and virtuosic, performers can delight the audience with lovely music and, at the same time, show off their abilities.

I’m not sure if the days of regularly programming them are over, but with so much repertoire to choose from, it seems a less-common thing to do.

Yet there are harpsichordists who continue to breathe life into Scarlatti’s beloved sonatas.

Tilman Skowroneck is one of them.

Here he is performing a pair in F minor on an Italian single-manual harpsichord by Martin Skowroneck.

Listen:

K.185: Andante

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K. 184: Allegro

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