V 1: Keyboard Sonatas
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Musically, the works on this disc -- the fifty sonata movements which make up Book I -- are utterly charming. If you like the keyboard sonatas of Scarlatti or Soler, with whom they share stylistic features, you'll like these. The earlier ones are simpler in style than the later ones. Although in manuscript each of the fifty movements in Book I is labeled as a one-movement sonata, on this disc the Cimarosa scholar, Nick Rossi, using stylistic criteria, has grouped them into three-movement sonatas (with four exceptions, Nos. 5,9, 10, and 17, being in two movements), arranged as fast-slow-fast. Rossi also co-wrote the fascinating booklet notes.
The performances are by Victor Sangiorgio, an Italian-born Australian, now resident in Britain. Although I had not known of him before, this disc convinces me that he is an extraordinarily musical and convincing artist. He plays a beautifully regulated and tuned piano that is recorded marvelously in lifelike sound by engineer/producer Michael Ponder.